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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Route 402, P.O. Box 6504, Merritt Island, FL 32782
(321) 861-0667
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

There is a lot of land in this wildlife refuge and a lot of driving to see minimal wildlife. We are from Florida so the landscape on the main roads was nothing new. We drove another 10 miles from the visitor center to the Manatee lookout point. We saw a few manatees that were far off in the distance. I... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Every type of bird and gators galore. Beautiful bodies of water bring your pole monster reds and sea trout. Canoe/kayakers dream dolphins , manatees juvenile tarpon. Snook. Blue crab. We love it

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Merritt Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of bird species and a myriad of other animals and plants. Start at the Visitors Center to become acquainted with the refuge by picking up a map and talking to the friendly staff and volunteers. There is also a great store with a wide variety of shirts and nature books. There... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just a very enjoyable afternoon drive. We drove the Black Point Wildlife Drive. Not much wildlife except a few birds but the scenery is just beautiful. My daughter brought her camera and got some great shots of Heron and Cormorant.

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Mooresville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A great place to spend a day or afternoon with nature. The nature center is where you can find recommendations on the various trails. Bring water if you intend to walk the longer ones. I wound up having to slake my thirst with a bottle that had been rolling around in the back of my car for close to a... More

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Oxford, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I have been here many times in many seasons, and it is a fantastic place. I have never seen it crowded. There are lots of trails and an excellent visitor center with a boardwalk, Black Point Wildlife Drive is particularly nice--you can drive and get out for short and long hikes. There are interesting birds and a large number of... More

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Orlando, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to visit not only in Florida, but the country. Although it is beautiful any time of year, the winter (November through February) is when you will see the most wildlife. Once you cross the bridge from Titusville, you will see the expanse of the refuge, and there are many nice wildlife drives, thankfully... More

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Crossing the bridge from Titusville to the Merritt Island National Wildlife you know that you are approaching something special. The rafts of thousands of ducks to your left and right, eagles on power poles, and you haven't gotten to your destination yet. Much has been written about the place, but one thing is for sure, it is easy to navigate... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We first visited the visitor centre where the volunteer was more than helpful and gave us maps of the area and a guide of what we may see, she even showed us where to go afterwards so that we can see crocodiles! On our drive we saw hermit crabs, dragon flies, rosette spoonbills, hawks, vultures, a bald eagle, a bobcat,... More

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Port Orange, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

TURTLE NESTING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING!!! With over 2200 Loggerhead turtles, over 1200 Green turtles and approximately 18 Leatherback turtle nesting in the local area it's time to visit and enjoy the Canaveral National Seashore, Seminole Rest and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, all part of the Seashore experience, (see www.fws.gov/Merrittisland? and www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm). Take the time to visit... More

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