Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island

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#1 of 31 in Wildlife in Brevard County
Hiking Trail Beach
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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  • Beautiful place but due to over growth the mosquitos have claimed that territory! I went with my mother, daughter (11) and son (8mo). As soon as we hit the over growth areas i was constantly smacking ...  more »
  • Love this trail so much wildlife! Hundreds f different kinds of birds Gators galore it's a scenic drive for sure never know what you might see from a duck to a wild boar ! Have a camera loads of pictu...  more »
  • Great place to spend a few hours...very good chance you will see some good size gators sunning themselves...pay attention when walking around especially near the waters edge. Quite a few birds..nice v...  more »

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