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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Set on the island which is home to the Kennedy Space centre. There are plenty of places to park (some just at the side of the road and others in designated car parks) and the ones we found were free. These are places to view manatees and dolphins as well as other wildlife. We saw a lot of manatees at... More

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Ocala, FL
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The day we visited the weather was not cooperating. It was a rainy afternoon with lightning (with a tornado warning as we drove the trail) but we still enjoyed the Black Hill driving trail. This one-way road meanders along the water and there are a few pull-outs with informational plaques detailing what might be seen in the area. We did... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
75 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We didn't get to stay very long due to the mass infestation of mosquitoes. I had a ton of spray on too and they still clung to me. We had to leave before fully enjoying the site. The indoor area was well done and the volunteer inside soda nice job helping us. I would go back, just during a non-mosquito... More

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Port Saint John, Florida, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We walked the scrub jay trail with our dog. Great little 2 mile trail through the woods and then along the water. We saw a gopher turtle, scrub jays, and some flamingos. There is also a Black Hill driving trail along the water where we saw several alligators. There's also some places on the drive where you can get our... More

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Bonaire, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Up front, we did not see everything that is encompassed in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We went to the one station near the nature drive. We did not do the nature drive but did spend about 45 minutes at the station we stopped at, which is inland. There is a nice, elevated walk that goes into the jungle,... More

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Beckley, West Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We found this by chance after an airboat ride in Christmas, FL. The visitor's center was definitely a help to understanding the area available to see and explore. We drove ourselves along the the coast. We stopped to explore the ocean, but was a very tasty treat to the millions of mosquitos! despite the ocean breeze. Keep your windows up!... More

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge whenever I'm in Florida. Stop by the visitor's center and ask which driving tour would be recommended that day. You'll see exotic birds, gators - and there is a manatee viewing spot, where there are always 4 or 5 manatees hanging around. That is a favorite of all ages.

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Boutte, Louisiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is the most beautiful beach I have ever been too and I've seen quite a few. The refuge also has many wild life drives as well as hiking trails. See gators, otters, bob cats, wild boars and thousands of different types of birds in one place!

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Let me begin this review by saying that we only ended up coming here to kill time before the Astronaut Hall of Fame opened late on a Sunday and we were here at the worst possible time (midday). And yet we were very glad that we took the time to head out here. The driving tour is very detailed, informative... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

the unspoiled beaches are beautiful and sparsely visited, we practically had the place to ourselves!! the drive was well worth it just for this!! we drove a scenic loop first, not the $5 loop, but another free one. we were surrounded by water and marshes and really felt immersed in the wildlife area. it was well worth it for my... More

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