Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island

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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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  • First time to visit here An abundance of wildlife and definitely worth a few hours to see the different species 
    First time to visit here An abundance of wildlife and definitely worth a few hours to see the different species  more »
  • We had a fantastic day here. Lots of manatees and roseate spoonbills made it a day to remember along with countless ospreys. 
    We had a fantastic day here. Lots of manatees and roseate spoonbills made it a day to remember along with countless ospreys.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place! Lush greenery and a few pretty flowers peeking through as well. Awesome shaded cool boardwalk and great little benches to sit and watch the waters. Frogs, birds, and insects making great noises too! Cute little gift shop inside as well as many educational panels and faux environments to learn from. The workers are passionate and kind.
  • What a great day we had in the Merritt National Park, The Manatee Observation Deck, Scrub Ridge Trail, Bio Lab Boat Ramp, and Black Point Wildlife Drive. We spent the entire day bird watching and animal watching. We were able to count over 30 different species of birds including the Scrub Jay and the Roseate Spoonbill. There were plenty of alligators to see. We saw one Manatee, soft-shelled turtles, armadillos, jumping fish, and a really big crab. Take your time, drive slowly, get out of the car to watch and enjoy. Bring binoculars and water. We only found one latrine bathroom open in the entire park and it was nasty.

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