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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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Beautiful Scenery

We like the wildlife that is in the area wildlife preserves of Merritt Island and the Cape Canaveral Seashore. The views are gorgeous and the wildlife is amazing. Always something... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Merritt Island, Florida
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Merritt Island, Florida
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We like the wildlife that is in the area wildlife preserves of Merritt Island and the Cape Canaveral Seashore. The views are gorgeous and the wildlife is amazing. Always something new to see.

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Gettysburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

depending on the time of year, you can see all kinds of wild life, gators, eagles, hawks, egrets, spoonbills

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michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great time of the year to visit......saw many birds....trails are well maintained. No manatee today ...water too cold...they have headed off to find warmer water. The seven mile drive is where you want to spend most of your time. Bring your binoculars or borrow them from the visitor center. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks.....we did not... More 

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Houston, Texas
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121 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You will enter the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at the end of State Road 402. We stopped at the Visitor's Center and bought a CD titled "The Sounds of the Seashore" (published by the National Park Service) and listened to it in our SUV as we drove along the coast road. What an experience! We saw the sun setting... More 

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Dayton
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our time at the Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. There are so many different kinds of birds to see thru out the refuge and if you want to see gators, make sure to drive on Bio Lab Road, you'll see it on the map. That's where we saw most of them, lying in the sun getting... More 

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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I always enjoy driving through the wildlife refuge, with its alligators, birds, and turtles. The variety of wildlife is great for any nature lover.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been wanting to see the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge since learning about it a few months ago and finally had the opportunity to go out and absolutely loved the experience! The birds were beautiful and plentiful. They have a welcome center where you can buy your pass for the drive, see some exhibits on the area and actually... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited the refuge while attending a birding seminar recently. I had never been to the refuge. I actually went twice in one day. Our 8:00am visit was the most rewarding for seeing tons of birds. I can't even name them all but the highlight was the white pelicans visiting for the winter (hundreds of them) and the reddish egret... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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112 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so happy to get the opportunity to come back here with my friend. It was the right time of year and right time of day with lots to see. It wasn't extremely crowded and loved everything that I saw. Got the chance to see the Florida scrub jay for the first time and the regulars this time of... More 

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kingsport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the week after the big birding festival. No crowds, very nice people. Everything open and accessible. So very much to see and do…a week was not enough. Will definitely visit again.

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