Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL2,331 contributions
This is a 1 story building on the south side of the road near the south end entrance of the Canaveral national seashore. It is definitely a great place to stop. It has a running movie that explains about the seashore and the wildlife contained there. The rangers were especially helpful for explaining the options to the park. There is a $10 fee to drive specific parts of the park but, I think, it is well worth it for the pleasant drive and wildlife you will see. Behind the building is a walkway around one side of the lake and through the forest/wetlands. It also has a giftshop, restrooms and some interactive displays to explain parts of the park. I recommend this as a first stop for the park.
Written January 25, 2020
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Dave L
Merritt Island, FL12 contributions
Spent a few hours at the beach and then drove the roads looking for wildlife and got pics of big gators and several gopher tortoises. Facilities are basic and make sure you bring your own chairs and umbrellas as there were no rentals. Cost us $20 to get in but the staff member who sold us the ticket said we could get a season ticket for $40 and that the $20 from our initial purchase would be applied to our season pass if we came back within 7 days and we will definitely be doing this as there are many walking trails that I want to explore.
Written February 6, 2020
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Robert H
North Canton, OH38 contributions
Couples
I enjoy photographing birds. On our last trip here we made three passes through the Black Point Wildlife drive on saw some different wildlife on each pass. Got some excellent photos of many birds including bald eagles, Wilson’s Snipe, Hooded Merganser, belted kingfisher, egrets, herons, ibis, spoonbills, etc. Also saw many gators and feral pigs (not necessarily good). Didn’t go to the Manatee viewing area as it was too cold this trip but in past trips in March, we saw Manatees on each visit. One of the best drives to see wildlife from the car.
Written February 3, 2020
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Kristin F
12 contributions
Visitor Center attractive and informative. Helpful staff. Bring your NPS lifetime pass to avoid $10/car fee for driving loops. Black Point Drive had many birds and young alligators. Don't use google maps GPS to find. Give wrong location.
One very rude visitor yelled at me because I had blocked his passing (One lane crushed rock loop Black Point Drive) If you don't have time or inclination to stop and view wildlife please don't visit. There are spots to pull over and let others pass.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ed B
Virginia Beach, VA18 contributions
After leaving the Manatee Observation Dock, we stumbled across the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. What an amazing experience. We enjoyed being close to nature from the comfort of our vehicle, and also having the experience to venture on foot to see various birds, plants, alligators and others. According to details, the refuge is 140,000 acres. There is a minimal $10.00 fee, in which you will see the envelopes and rear view mirror "hangar" at the front of the refuge. Very happy to have had the experience, and looking forward to returning again.
Written February 16, 2020
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Michael W
Edison, NJ784 contributions
Starting off in the Visitor center is a must, you can pick up a pass for the reserve and get tons of information geared to what you want to see. Another thing not to pas up at the visitor center they sell little animal figurines, my Wife bought a little turtle figurine that she is going to put on her terrarium, the cost of the figurine was half of what we saw in Cocoa Beach.

We did the Black Point drive and it was great tons of birds and we saw 5 alligators, it was a really fun day.
Written January 12, 2020
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hughesj949
North Wales, UK30 contributions
Family
I visited Merritt Island after getting glimpses of wildlife being driven around the Kennedy Space Centre. We travelled to Merritt and went to the visitor centre first, sighting turtles basking in the sun and various birds including vultures. The 'drive' was excellent and we saw numerous wild fowl and waders, the highlight being the Roseata Spoonbill. A further highlight was viewing a pair of Manatee at the Manatee viewing point. I would highly recommend a visit here as well as the Lake Apopka Trail.
Written January 23, 2020
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Stuart Beesley
St. Albans, UK522 contributions
Family
Visit the visitor centre first and get advice and directions. Then take your car for $10 and drive round the wildlife reserve. If you go slow and look for the many gators and birds this will take a few hours. Worth it!
Written February 23, 2020
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Kim G
Tampa, FL33 contributions
Spent a day on Merritt Island, very quiet, lots of wild areas with gravel roads here and there and some boat launch areas. Did a kayak tour so didn't have time to drive and see all of the island and disappointed that the Manatee viewing area was closed. Would like to go back again and spend more time exploring though.............saw a wild boar crossing the road, armadillo, manatee, and some birds.
Written April 11, 2021
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SharonEssexville
Essexville110 contributions
We had this on our list to visit because there was a wildlife drive. We barely started the drive and we started seeing a lot of birds. Osprey, little blue herons, painted buntings, great egret, tri-color egret, glossy ibis, reddish egret, northern shovelers, wood stork...just to name a few! It was a very windy day, but the birds were everywhere. We had stopped at the Nature Center first for a walk around the boardwalk. We didn't see too much, but it was really cold and windy. The man working there was a great help showing us where we could go and giving us a map. The gift shop was small, but nice. We did not look for manatees, because he said it was too cold for them. You have a much better chance of seeing them in the summer or spring. Lovely place to spend 3-4 hours!
Written January 24, 2020
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