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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
Phone Number: (321) 861-0667
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

As a life-long birder, who has birded Merritt Island for more than 50 years, I can safely say that this refuge has always been one of the best that Florida has to offer. The variety of birds is wonderful, and the various habitats are so readily available.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a great place to see lots of birds and gators. There are short walks and a 5 mile hike. Visitors center is a must!

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158 reviews 158 reviews
55 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I found this place through trip advisor and I am so happy that we made the road trip. There is a small but nice visitors center with displays to check out and a short boardwalk walk out behind the center where you can see tons of local plants, quite a few birds, butterflies and other things depending on the day... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had heard from birdwatchers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Ohio that Merritt Island had much to offer, but I wasn't prepared for the expansive beauty of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge sits on 140,000 acres and roadways, both large and small, allow you to traverse this breathtaking landscape where it's hard to shift your gaze without seeing... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge makes getting into the wild easy, fun, and memorable. Crossing over from Titusville you effortlessly move into the wilds of Florida. Merritt Island is part of the NASA complex (or is that the other way around? Sometimes its hard to tell: man and nature blend perfectly here). There are plenty of places to pull over,... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Sandy path that you can drive bike or walk thru merritt island marshlands. If you have some free time and are looking for a relaxing hour plus this is not a bad option.

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Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great park to ride or walk, bird watching is awesome. Lots of wildlife to see. Go in spring or fall when it's not so hot.

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Orlando, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was our second visit to the Visitor Center but our umpteen visit to the Refuge and surrounding area. We frequently fish around Indian River Lagoon (the trails), Mosquito Lagoon near Haulover Canal, Eddy Creek in the Canaveral National Seashore, Bio Lab, etc. - we've been pretty much everywhere in this neck of the woods. As a reviewer in the... More 

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Merritt Island, FL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great to visit year-round. You can drive through without getting out of your car and see all sorts of wildlife. OR you can park at designated spots and take short hikes into specific habitats. The walks are all very easy - level ground, no rocks or tree roots to negotiate. Make sure to take binoculars! Continue on to the barge... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

After 4 days of Disney, my family needed to return to nature and found this quiet piece of heaven (thanks to Trip Advisor!). We toured the nature Boardwalk and spent the afternoon bodysurfing and building sandcastles at the deserted seashore. We later drove to see the manatees and saw dolphins swimming inshore too! We were all so happy to relax... More 

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