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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
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+1 321-861-0667
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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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For Photographers, Birrders, and Nature Lovers

The Wildlife Refuge on Merritt Island offers a fairly unique opportunity to see wildlife in marshes, flats, and small bodies of water. The park continues to the shore which has a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Forest, Virginia
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Forest, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Wildlife Refuge on Merritt Island offers a fairly unique opportunity to see wildlife in marshes, flats, and small bodies of water. The park continues to the shore which has a nice beach and has rest facilities. Black Point Wildlife Drive is a one-way loop that provides lots of viewing opportunities. Without leaving the car we were able to spot... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent an afternoon here. Could've used more time. There were birds everywhere, Alligators and turtles lounging. Just a really great drive. I was a little scared to walk the trails. The overlooks were nice. It took our minds off of everything.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Drive through, get out to walk around exceptional birding experience not to be missed. Roseate spoonbills are amazing.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place needs to be experienced. Lots of birds migrating at this time of year, along with some alligators and turtles. A must see experience...bring your camera!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in this area for 1 day, this is the place to visit. I almost ended up at NASA as the GPS does not recognize the visitor center address and takes you to the sign of the refugee center near the NASA visitor center. Use the coordinates to get there. This is a place that has a lot... More 

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Walkerton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I prefer birding trails like this were you can drive alone pull over, get the tripod and big lens out and take bird pictures at my speed. Given the lens and other gear is about 30 lbs, it is nice not to have to carry it. We got there just after sun rise, put our $10 in the envelope and... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place. We saw many many birds and a baby alligator. It is well worth the side trip to visit. I was disappointed by people leaving trash in the refuge. Take a trash bag with you and help pick up please. It's a beautiful refuge for the wildlife.

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Clio, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the island for bird watching but found so much more. We were able to drive through the refuge but also park the car and hike. We experienced great weather and many birds and butterflies were about. We thoroughly enjoyed our leisure day. We saw woodstorks, a roseate spoonbill,kingfishers, egrets, great blue, green, baby blue herons; white and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Titusville awaiting a cruise, and did some exploring of the area. Started out traveling East heading for the ocean. Ended up on Highway 402 and discovered Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. We saw all kinds of birds, and turtles, and gators! Followed 402 down to Playalinda Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. It was all beautiful, and beach... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The auto tour is a picturesque drive, but only if you go early. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in a slow-moving single lane for over an hour (and the vehicle ahead of you may not have the courtesy to pull over).

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