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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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This huge preserve offers both driving and walking opportunities to see many birds, animals... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huntington, New York

Returning from the Gulf Coast I had plans to visit the Canaveral National Seashore; however, the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This huge preserve offers both driving and walking opportunities to see many birds, animals, reptiles in their natural habitat. Breathtaking vistas, opportunity to learn more about the environment in which these creatures live. Not to be missed for old and young family members.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lluckyfox
Reviewed 5 days ago

Returning from the Gulf Coast I had plans to visit the Canaveral National Seashore; however, the December-January government shutdown forced a change in my plans as the road there was entirely barricaded. Plan B was to visit only the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Maurene_K
Reviewed 5 days ago 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
Thank annjeane
Reviewed 1 week 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
Thank LovingNewAdventures
Reviewed 2 weeks 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
2  Thank Christine M
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
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14 March 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.
13 January 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
9 January 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!