Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island

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#1 of 24 in Wildlife in Brevard County
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and other Merritt Island attractions using our handy Merritt Island trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 9, 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 (H...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    It's a nice drive on way to Kennedy Space Center I would say if you go at the right time of day you would enjoy.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Loved the Black Point driving tour. Saw very few other people, but lots of birds and an alligator. Nearby we saw a bald eagle in it's nest and a couple of manatee at Bair's cove  more »

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