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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

#3 of 75 things to do in Melbourne Features Animals
10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
+1 321-637-5521
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We visited the Wetlands on an overcast day in early June 2017. Observations and a few Questions... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Space Coast, Florida
Good, easy place to go birding.

Viera Wetlands (aka Ritch Grisson Memorial Wetlands) is a good, easy place to go birding in Brevard... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Palm Bay, Florida
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10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
+1 321-637-5521
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Wetlands on an overcast day in early June 2017. Observations and a few Questions (Q): We had visited before. The first sign - a cone and rope across the entrance - was unexpected. Pedestrians and bicycles only. See Photo 1. Q: How...More

1  Thank GoForWalk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Viera Wetlands (aka Ritch Grisson Memorial Wetlands) is a good, easy place to go birding in Brevard County. It is easily accessible from I-95 near the Wickham Road exit. The road around the settling ponds is easy to navigate. The water level is currently very...More

Thank yENNL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't see much activity moutside of common birds. Might have been fault of very dry spring in Melbourne.

Thank budmutterer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic place to bird watch! Morning is the best lighting, but any time of day is beautiful. Lots of shore birds, close viewing and beautiful refuge. I would recommend this stop for any naturalist.

Thank bebop09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to see nature without having to get out and walk. Just drive right thru and follow the signs around this place. There are a few places along the way where you can stop, get out and walk over to observation platforms for a...More

Thank Mr_Objectivity
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

We took a drive through the wetlands to see wildlife. We saw a lot of water birds and got several nice photos. We drove around twice and enjoyed our picnic lunch on one of the benches. Nice restful way to spend some of our afternoon.

Thank Carol G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Nice area to go for a drive thru the wetlands to see the girds. Migration seasons are the best for a large varity of Bird to spot. If you go slow amd look, you see many gators as well.

Thank Drv5912nj
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We were disappointed yesterday when we arrived and a chain was across the entrance preventing us from entering. We returned later and the entrance was open. I have since found a couple telephone numbers to help in that situation. One is the official number, 321...More

1  Thank Barbara V
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Went here in search of an alligator! On my recent trip to Florida I really wanted to see an Alligator in its natural habitat (of course from a distance) Of all the places I went to this one is where I finally hit the jackpot....More

Thank Kirsten H
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We found this very enjoyable. Many, Many birds! Also saw alligators. Beautiful scenery! Be sure to bring binoculars and your camera!

Thank Lynn M
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Darby K
Can I drive through on a Sunday?
16 April 2017|
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Response from Only1Victor | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can
What are the hours of operation?
18 December 2016|
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Response from The_fotobug | Reviewed this property |
The official operating hours vary as follows: April through September 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Daily February, March, October 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Daily November through January 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Daily Hope that helps!
Is drone photography and videography permitted in the Grissom Wetlands?
15 February 2016|
Response from The_fotobug | Reviewed this property |
Videography, yes - but they may have an issue with drones although I know of no posted restrictions.