Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island
(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Excellent place to spend a few hours, with a good chance to see lots of different wildlife. The manatees turned up, albeit only a few, and plenty of birds on Black Point Wildlife Drive. Didn't see any...  more »
  • As a repeat visitor, my first stop is usually "The Manatee Observation Deck" and hoping for a view of one of these magnificent creatures. Sometimes I go out to enjoy the Ocean, breath in the air, feel...  more »
  • I grew up in this area and I believe it is really one of the most beautiful place to see wildlife in the state of Florida. 
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  • Great variety of native wildlife with trails and a visitor center with lots of local history and historical items. There is a lot of information at this center about Merritt Island preserve.
  • Amazing nature and Wildlife refuge. Black point wildlife drive is full of things to see if you have the time to go slow and observe!
  • Beautiful place to enjoy the true Florida. Great place for bird watchers or spoting various wildlife. Plenty of fishing areas and a few boat ramps.
  • This is an awesome place to go but not in the middle of July 2015. We had no choice because of my husband's school schedule. You must allow a lot of time because these points of interest are not short distances. It was terribly hot and humid but i was determined to find wildlife wherever God would point it out to me. These two baby alligators were really hard to photography and there were a number of birds that I took photos of too. The bad thing is the address is wrong. That Scrub Jay location gets you NO Where on Google maps so I had a very hard time trying to find this place. I would love to come back when the weather is much cooler.
  • Great place,very scenic