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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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Really Interesting good wildlife viewing ......$5 well spent

A fantastic spin off from the 'space race'. This reserve is teeming with wildlife..all easy to view along the driving tour even if you are unable to leave your vehicle. However it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A fantastic spin off from the 'space race'. This reserve is teeming with wildlife..all easy to view along the driving tour even if you are unable to leave your vehicle. However it is worth taking a short walk along the walking trails. We saw lots of different birds, alligators and at the manatee viewing places lots of these gentle creatures.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

An easy to follow self drive auto - tour , we took our time and got out of the car often , saw a number of alligators and some birdlife .

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is the place to find peace, turtles and birds. Get away from the touristy stuff for a while. Think about what Florida once was.

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is the swampy lagoon area behind the Canaveral barrier beaches. Lots of wading birds, some gators, but there are a couple of manatee spots worth seeing, mainly at a distance from the viewing area, as the pleasure-boat traffic usually keeps then in mid-channel. Zero facilities at the manatee spots - no picnic tables, bathrooms, nada. Thanks, U.S. Fish &... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Spend a day bird watching in a natural refuge. .This refuge has easy access from North. Merritt Island or Titusville. There was a variety of wildlife inhabitants and even though it was not the migration season there were plenty of species for us to observe, Endangered and protected wildlife visitation is recommended to everyone. Even for a few hours or... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Spend an afternoon here. You can drive through as slowly as you want. We saw an alligator swimming in the stream(?) beside the road. We saw several turtles swimming. We saw lots of different birds. The various stops were helpful in identifying some of them. It was a nice, relaxing afternoon. There are no bathrooms and no place to buy... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It had a very nice visitors center, but the drives were fantastic. My wife drove, and stopped every time I saw something I wanted to take a picture of: gators, moms with new hatching's of ducks, cranes, egrets, storks. Just a photographers dream.

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Brisbane, Australia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a great days birding in the refuge after renting a car near the Port Canaveral cruise terminal. The refuge is just 50 kilometres north of the terminal and easy to access. There was a great variety of habitats and even though it was not the peak season there were plenty of species for us to observe, along with... More 

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Canton, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We really enjoyed our time here. We could have spent the entire day here. We saw manatees at Bair's boat ramp. We drove one of the wildlife drives. Saw alligators of all sizes as well as birds, turtles, and wild boar. We spent another afternoon on Playalinda beach. The beach was clean, good waves, and not over crowded. There is... More 

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canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Up Close and Amazing self driving tour of the area. the wildlife is wild, the scenery is amazing and natural and the fun is the adventure of seeing things in their natural habitat. We saw, birds, gators, foxes, lizards and manatees. the experience was pretty amazing.

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