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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
(321) 861-0667
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
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Owner description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Columbus, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Lockesburg, Arkansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

While Exploring the Cocoa Beach area we discovered this treasure. It is a wonderful opportunity to get close to the manatees in a protected environment. We saw dolphins up close as well and received some serious information about the plants that draw butterflies.

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Atlanta, GA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

At the Space Site seek out the wildlife refuge. The visitor center is neatly done with nature walks taking you over and through the wild vegetation. Look for alligators in the ponds and under the walkway. You may get to see the osprey and some chicks nesting. Thousands of migrating birds find winter sanctuary here. There is a manatee overlook... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Canaveral Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Here’s what to know about this national park…it’s big….140,000 acres that includes everything from pristine beach front to swamps….so narrow your trip down the essentials. Step one is to drop by the ranger’s office (Visitors information center and it’s clearly marked from the road) and get a map. The center has a small gift... More

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