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. 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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  • Called in via a visit to Titusville to watch a 6pm launch from Cape Kennedy to kill an hour or two. No cafe but lovely little shop and staff so friendly and knowledgable. History of wildlife, manatees...  more »
  • We enjoy visiting the Wildlife Refuge as much as possible. There's always something to see and the beauty of nature is humbling. Nice Trails so that you can drive and plenty of room to get by cars who...  more »
  • We missed the drive a few times so watch for the signs but it was worth it. Once you get onto the drive there is a $10 fee per car. Its a one way road and you may not be able to get around cars if the...  more »