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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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Birder's paradise

The Wildlife Drive gets you up close and personal to many waterfowl. The visitor's center's feeders attract many birds including Painted Buntings. The refuge is a must visit if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The Wildlife Drive gets you up close and personal to many waterfowl. The visitor's center's feeders attract many birds including Painted Buntings. The refuge is a must visit if you are in the area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Drove out here on a cloudy day for something to do. About 45 minutes from Cocoa Beach, spent a nice afternoon driving through Black Point Wildlife Drive. What a nice way to spend an afternoon! Took about 1 1/2 hrs to go through(with frequent stops) and saw many different birds, few alligators. We missed some of the other wildlife that... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We visited in late January and the birds we saw were amazing. The drive around Back Point Wildlife Drive was great, but the highlight was the five mile walk around the Allan D Cruickshank Memorial Trail. The first three miles we did not encounter anyone, and only about five or six people on the last two miles. It was so... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Both American and Eurasian Widgeons are often here in Winter months. American Bitterns are reliable Winter birds, as well. The January Birding Festival held in Titusville is one of the best in the country.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Start your visit at the visitor centre where you can get free maps and advice on what's been seen. It also has a nice Boardwalk and make use of the toilets before you set off. The Back Point Wildlife drive gives you the opportunity to see a wide range of birds from the comfort of your own car. To try... More 

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Tampa, FL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We loved the massive number of birds we were able to see in a short while on Blackpoint drive. White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbils, Pintails, Shovelers, Wood Storks, Alligators, Yellow-legs, Willits, Eagles are just a few. The drive is not long and birding can all be done by car if needed. Only $5 per car was a bargain.

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Virginia City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A very nice park with extremely easy to access wild life. There are less hiking trails then other places but makes up for it in spades for over all road lay out.

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We located the Refuge with little difficulty, but note that, despite what your map may suggest, you cannot approach this from the road through Cape Canaveral from the south (via the 3), you must approach through Titusville. Having arrived and placed our $5 fee in the envelope provided, we commenced our all-too-brief visit as, with fading light, we only had... More 

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Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Got maps and lots of useful info at the visitors stopover. Hints where to see Gators on Biolab road. Took a nice walk on the marsh boardwalk, not much wildlife or birdlife there however, mostly around the visitors center. Watch out for the potholes and narrows roads on Biolab road as well as people coming the other way , can... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a wonderful way to spend the day. You have the option of staying in your car and driving around - take your time and watch for the wildlife. Or you can hike - note- if you are there in the Summer make sure and bring a mosquito repellent and spray yourself before you get out of the car.... More 

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