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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  • Back in the early 1960's NASA thought they were going to launch a nuclear powered rocket from The Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) so the government bought up millions of acres of land as a buffer zo...  more »
  • We had an amazing day. It has been rather dry for a while so there were probably a few less birds than usual. We were still able to see an eagle, spoonbills and the Florida Scrub Jay. Can't wait to co...  more »
  • We've been traveling to various places in central Florida and never saw any manatees other than ones that looked like logs at a distance. At the Manatee Viewing Center we saw about 6-8 close up. Great...  more »