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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Type: Outdoor Activities, Reserves
The refuge is 140,000 acres (or 22 square miles) of wetlands inhabited by more than 1,500 types of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds, ghost crabs, loggerhead and green sea... Read More
The refuge is 140,000 acres (or 22 square miles) of wetlands inhabited by more than 1,500 types of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds, ghost crabs, loggerhead and green sea turtles, reptiles, raccoons and bobcats. NASA owns and maintains this treasure and offers the public many ways to experience it. Join in a guided tour or explore four different hiking trails that range from 0.25 mile to five miles long. Boating, canoeing, a manatee observation deck (with informational panels about this endangered species), coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries, fishing and nature photography make this a complete wildlife experience.
- Visitors Center: Mon-Sat 8am-4:30pm
- Trails & Drives: Daily Sunrise-Sunset
- Varies Call for Details
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port, Best Attractions & Activities, Beaches Because: This massive refuge is home to 1,500 different types of plants and animals.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: This wildlife refuge is a peaceful and romantic date with your loved one and Mother Earth. Go on a hike or canoe through the estuaries.