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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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Oxford, Mississippi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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132 reviews 132 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Elgin, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had not budgeted time for the three hour bus tour, and I wish we had. Apparently, it's even free! We still enjoyed walking outside the visitor's center (saw a TON of butterflies, and osprey, lizards, and a small gator) and driving a small part of the refuge (saw wading birds, including rosy spoonbills)

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went to the Refuge in July in the heat and it was wonderful to be able to drive with the a/con and see an array of wild animals from the car. We saw birds of every description, a dolphin, millions of insects, and wonderful countryside. We went along to the beaches and stood and viewed the Atlantic Ocean and... More

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Morecambe
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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134 reviews 134 reviews
80 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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