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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
Phone Number: (321) 861-0667
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than...
This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Family day out

My wife and I together with my brother in law visit this area once a vacation. It is such a beautiful place. Our first visit is to the Merritt's Island Wildlife Centre which has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Newport, United Kingdom
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Newport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I together with my brother in law visit this area once a vacation. It is such a beautiful place. Our first visit is to the Merritt's Island Wildlife Centre which has an information centre and a shop where you can purchase items with a connection to the area. In the Information Centre, there is a telescope on... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if ever in the area! While visiting family in Titusville we decided to go for a "nature drive" on the many dirt roads in this preserve. You will see exotic birds and of course gators! To be able to see this wildlife in their natural habitat up close and personal is unbelievable. Thousands of butterflies,... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We found this wonderful beach and birding drive a few years back and had the best time. We went back last week and the only thing difference was more people had found this gem. The beaches have at least 9 different parking areas with facilities. The beaches are clean with some shells. On our first trip we were blessed to... More 

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South Sioux City, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Knowledgeable staff everywhere. took a birding tour, and the driver was excellent. he pointed out birds before most of us saw them. a nice walkway allowed up close views to many birds.

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Avon Park, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

During our NASASocial media event for the March 12, 2015 launch of the Atlkas V MMS spacecraft, we were taken on a tour of this refuge maintained by NASA & many other government agencies. We saw a rather large eagle's nest, alligators & a host of other wildlife. A major highlight of our experiece!

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Midwest
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is an excellent place for migratory bird watching in cold months. You can see them from your vehicle or get off and walk around on the well maintained pathways. (self-guided tour, either way) We've been here many times at different months. If you come here in cold moths when migrating birds take a break here on their journey, you... More 

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London, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This place is a bit of a drive from Cocoa Beach but well worth it. The visitor center is the best place to start as it has lots of information on the area. Do the drive and allow for an hour if you want to stop and see things like baby alligators and water snakes. The manatee observation area had... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Although many of the migratory songbirds have not yet come through and many waterfowl have left, the reserve in March is full of herons, spoonbills, ibis, skimmers, and osprey. For those interested in the coastal habitat, birds and other wildlife, it is a pleasant and interesting place to visit.

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We visited Merritt Island National Refuge in March of 2015. We had visited the Kennedy Space Centre a few days before and had spotted a gator alongside the road in a boggy spot on the Space Centre tour. We decided to come back and look around some more and were very glad we did! We really enjoyed the tour. The... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

If your looking for a day of seeing old natural Florida for free this is for you. From your car with very little effort we saw alligators, roseate spoonbills, manatees, armadillos, eagles, raccoons, turtles and numerous huge flocks of birds. For 5 bucks a car load you can go to Playalinda Beach and enjoy it without condos and yahoos! The... More 

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