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Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities
The Banana River is a 31-mile-long lagoon stretching between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island. It's the home to many marine critters, such as dolphins, manatees and stingrays, as well as plenty of... Read More
The Banana River is a 31-mile-long lagoon stretching between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island. It's the home to many marine critters, such as dolphins, manatees and stingrays, as well as plenty of waterfowl. Birdwatchers will be excited to see the occasional bald eagle, little blue heron, pelican or white ibis. It's also an excellent fishing destination, the home to everything from snappers to sea trouts to flounders. Find sizable game fish in the shallow seagrass beds. Or if you'd rather, go kayaking, duck-hunting, sailboarding, hiking along the trails and boating. The river spans swamps, oyster bars, salt marshes and 55 different spoil islands.
1360 S Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: The Banana River is a large lagoon with great fishing, bird-watching, boating and hiking.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Float along the Banana River lagoon at sunset and watch for dolphins, bald eagles and manatees. Try sailboarding!
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The ocean isn't the Space Coast's only big body of water. Take time to explore Banana River, too.