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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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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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Best view of manatees

There is a stop on the road by a drawbridge that is labeled "Manatee Deck". The one on the east side is high above the water, which is more of a river there. There were reports... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
DwightB
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Joplin, Missouri
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a trip from this location and afterwards ate our picnic afterwards as well. From the spectacular wildlife to the covered picnic area and rest rooms it's has it all. We saw manatee, Dolphins, storks, fiddler crabs plus a whole host of other wildlife.

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Joplin, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a stop on the road by a drawbridge that is labeled "Manatee Deck". The one on the east side is high above the water, which is more of a river there. There were reports of manatees there, but didn't see any. On the west side is deck that is metal and mounted just above the water. We saw... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have enjoyed year round visits to the refuge. Bird watching is highly supported with infrastructure and information. Gift shop has very helpful titles available and free checklists and recently seen lists. Free maps at visitors center also and light refreshments. Clean restrooms. Friendly and informative staff. Black Point Wildlife has a small fee and it is well worth it!... More 

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rhinelander, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this site in early spring (March) and in the summer (August). Both visits were very enjoyable. The visitor's center has a small museum and gift shop. You can get maps and info, and pay the day fee which is $5 per vehicle. In the winter and early spring months there are thousands of shore birds that winter... More 

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1 Thank Lori D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if u love the out doors and seeing nature in it natural habitat this is the palce u can see it all bugs too use spray u will love the visit u will leave with memories take a camera

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1 Thank Perry L
Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we were there for just one day... This is a really great place to enjoy the untouched nature and watch the wildlife. You should enjoy this great area if you get the chance.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place to spot birds and alligators from the comfort of your air conditioned car. The wildlife drive through the park was fun and the staff were very knowledgeable.

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Brevard County, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional information center while terrific displays of water fowl and wildlife which is prevalent in the area.

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Stroudsburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent Friday morning touring the reserve. We had an amazing time. We saw birds, crocodiles, manatees and beautiful scenery. The kids enjoyed themselves and we did a few of the short hikes.

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1 Thank Elphalba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In just driving around, we saw gators manatees and various wild birds without having to hike off the beaten path. The manatee viewing deck always had manatees every time we stopped there, even at midday when it was really hot. There is very little shade, as with much of Florida, so you might be able to handle only a few... More 

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