Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island

At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, observe the habitats of more than 500 species of land and marine animals living in this protected region along the Atlantic Ocean. This refuge is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and 21 endangered animals. Watch for alligators, manatees, bald eagles, and the Florida panther. Hike, drive, or boat through accessible areas of the park, and be sure to stop by the observation deck for a wider view of your surroundings. The southern part of the refuge is shared with the Kennedy Space Center, which was built in the 1960s. Despite this overlap, much of the 56,656 hectare (140,000 acre) refuge is available for your exploration. You can plan Merritt Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • I have been here, and also to its Black Point Wildlife drive-- which is a must see as well. I often like to get there before the heat of the day...sometimes you can get to see more wildlife..  more »
  • Saw eight or more manatees but only one alligator. Key is to go to the designated manatee viewing area located on one of the canals.  more »
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  • This is my first NWR visit in the country. It was a wonderful experience. I visited their visitor center, Black point and biolab drives as time was limited. Had a great time in the few hours that I spent there. Hope I can go back sometime again and see more places within it and hike more trails.
  • 10 Gators, Thousands of Birds. Beautiful Beaches. I love visit the preserve.

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