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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Tour of Blackpoint at Merritt Island National Seashore

Great birding drive. Very little traffic on the trail. The entrance fee is $10.00 which is probably... read more

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Gorgeous natural area

Beautiful! I need a cheat sheet to identify the wildlife I’m seeing. White bird, black bird with... read more

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This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
+1 321-861-0667
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Reviewed today via mobile

Great birding drive. Very little traffic on the trail. The entrance fee is $10.00 which is probably why. Last year, it was only $5.00. There are plenty of birds. There were a lot of herons including the rare sighting of green ones. Spotted eagles, a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful! I need a cheat sheet to identify the wildlife I’m seeing. White bird, black bird with long legs, duck with brown and white patches... not very scientific!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a few hours to kill before we had to pick up our visitors. For all the years I have in Florida I have never visited this refuge. It really is a great place to see an extensive array of Florida wildlife. It's best...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was first time here and it was worth the visit. Love getting out into nature and this place doesnt disappoint.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 251beckyr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great place to visit. Lots of wildlife to see at your own pace. If you have a few hours you gotta check this out. You can see everything from Manatee, turtles, gators, and ton's of birds.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Matt S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot to see both resident and migrating birds! Great 12 mile drive through wetlands along Black Point Trail should reveal lots of birds. Bring your camera with a zoom lens and binoculars. Stay in your car and drive slowly. The car acts as a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Ray P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 3rd visit to Merritt Island NWR didn't disappoint. The headquarters staff were, as usual, extremely helpful. Saw thousand of birds, (identified some 30 separate species), 2 alligators, 2 manatees, 3 bald eagles. Highly recommend the Black Point 7 mile Wildlife Drive. And remember to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Robin H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hot day in Florida so being able to drive through the wetlands slowly was just great. Despite heat there was a lot of bird activity and we were also delighted to spot two alligators. Allow plenty of time to just sit and watch and bring...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Suzan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our day exploring Merrit Island. Be sure to go the visitor centre first to get the latest news and sightings and to see the red throated hummingbirds that visit the feeders there.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank slapster0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visitor center is well done. Staff is friendly and has a lot of answers to questions. Great opportunities to drive around, see birds, gators and Florida habitats. The roads that are closed or posted closed are off limits. All the rest are free to drive...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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March 13, 2019|
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Response from src1962 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would recommend bug spray, the mosquito's and the sand fleas can be very bad sometimes.
January 12, 2019|
Response from Tom W |
It is open daily and it requires a pass to tour the area and the beaches. Beaches are actually the Canaveral National Seashore but the south beaches “Playalinda” are beautiful and are accessible from the refuge. You can get... More
January 8, 2019|
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Response from Wanderer790 | Reviewed this property |
We walked a lot of the trails and drove the main road. The only downside we saw was that you couldn't enter the visitor center. You get in free since there is no way to pay!