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“As good as everyone says it is”

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands
Ranked #3 of 106 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We've had many friends mention this spot, but had never visited. On our trip we saw plenty of gators, a pair of sandhill cranes with two fuzzy chicks and a bald eagle bring down a crow !! The two of us have over a hundred years of Florida outdoor experience (won't mention ages, but do the math) and we'd never seen anything like that !!!

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is a water treatment reclamation wetlands, or artificial wetlands. You park and walk around to observe thousands of animals from ducks to bald eagles. No fences to intrude on your view. A photographers dream. Free admission and some days you are allowed to drive your car around the ponds. Have fun

1  Thank RogerPsz
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Just a couple of miles outside of the busy strip malls of Viera/Melbourne is this incredible man-made wetland (it's actually a sewage treatment plant - you can smell the sewage on the road that leads you to the park, but no odor within the park). You can drive around most of the area, but I definitely recommend getting out and walking some of the closed (to car traffic) roads. Most of them are 1 mile loops, and we saw herons (many varieties), egrets, Ibises, a Sandhill Crane, and many other small birds scattered throughout the park. Also saw a few all alligators. We visited in the afternoon (~2pm).

All in all a great break from the city and a good 1 hour diversion

Thank TripHound_13
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We drove here this morning for our first visit to these wetlands. We weren't disappointed. We saw lots of coots, a pair of sandhill cranes, white ibises, glossy ibises, an osprey, little blue herons, great blue herons and maybe some others I forgot about. There is a choice of a couple different roads you can drive and stopping to watch the birds is easy as the road is wide enough for others to pass. No one has to wait for anyone who is taking pictures or using a scope. It was a good morning and good light for pics. There is no visitors center or indoor restrooms but there are two portable toilets outdoors.

2  Thank Barbara V
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you can find the Rich Grissom Memorail Wetlands, you are in for a treat. Stay in the car and slowly make your way around the twisting dirt roads. On most days, you will see some beautiful wildlife and maybe even a gator or two. This is one of those "stop and smell the roses" kind of places. Enjoy!

2  Thank ValleyVoyagerMangia
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