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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
+1 321-861-0667
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This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“visitor center” (76 reviews)
“manatee viewing” (28 reviews)
“black point” (41 reviews)
State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
+1 321-861-0667
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful opportunity to see water birds, aligators, plants, etc. I would definitely recommend: - the Visitor Center - the board walk trail at the visitor center (the children can do a wildlife bingo game) - Black Point Drive (on some days you...More

Thank Oliver H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving north of Orlando to St Augustine - we purposefully drove US Rte 1 - drove into the National Wildlife Refuge - and were delighted to see the Manatee Viewing sign! We even saw dolphins! As members of the Columbus,Ohio zoo - we have seen...More

1  Thank sbtavenor
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We like the trails at this wildlife refuge. The staff is also nice. They offer seasonal tours. I like the flashlight tours. The gift shop has good finds.

1  Thank Mrpigpow
Reviewed 10 September 2017

this was our 3rd visit over the years and still love this place, So large and sprawling. Snakes, spiders, Birds,loads of mammals,Manatees,Dolphins.lots and lots of Gators You can see pretty much most animals here. Stop by the visitor centre they are so informative, the lady...More

Thank akfxxx
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Pros: We got to see tons of shorebirds, wildflowers, fish, crabs, dragonflies, and even wild boar and alligators. The views were lovely of the marshes and the trails were enjoyable if underdeveloped. Cons: Roads around refuge are one-way and unpaved with large potholes - take...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 7 September 2017

While you are visiting Kennedy Space Center and museums,you will want to save some leisure time to visit some of old Florida! Take your camera or phone, and you are sure to get some great photos! Maybe, even some real surprises! Enjoy the wild lands!

Thank twal52
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We went with our kids on a hot August day... and loved it. The boys explored the visitor's center where we were helped by two very nice people. We got our day pass there ($10) and drove to the entrance of the Black Point Wildlife...More

Thank SandyZL
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Due to the hot weather prior and during our visit many of the normally full areas were very low and cracked due to the lack of rain. We therefore were very disappointed - hopefully next visit will be more colourful with much more birdlife.

Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is my second review of Merritt Island. On our first visit we did the loop road and enjoyed bird watching. This time we went at night to see the bioluminescence in the water with A Day Away Kayak Tours. During the hottest months of...More

Thank ktjnemo
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is a bird-watcher's paradise! There is a loop road (Blackpoint) where you can remain in your car and slowly drive through a part of the refuge. But there is also a spot where manatees hang out (Haulover Canal) and a trail where you may...More

2  Thank herricane
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7 May 2017|
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Response from Gina M | Reviewed this property |
The best time to do the Black Point Wildlife drive, where I saw the most Wildlife, is first thing in the morning and 1.5 hours before sunset. I went both times. I went to the Canaveral Seashore for sunrise, which was... More
25 March 2017|
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Response from Kwest109 | Reviewed this property |
No, you would need to drive to it.
16 January 2017|
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Response from kka22 | Reviewed this property |
Probably Daytona Beach is your best option. It is about an hour north of Merritt Island and has several places from which to choose.