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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
+1 321-861-0667
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Merritt Island Gem

The Black Point Wildlife Drive in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge provided a great opportunity... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winnipeg, Canada
Manatee observation area is breathtaking

A really relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. The 7 miles drive was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Louise H
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (78 reviews)
“manatee viewing” (28 reviews)
“black point” (41 reviews)
State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
+1 321-861-0667
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Point Wildlife Drive in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge provided a great opportunity to see great views of many of Florida's bird species. We visited on a Monday and there was not a lot of traffic on the road so we were able...More

Thank Manitobans
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. The 7 miles drive was great to see plenty of birds and alligators and the manatee observation area is a must. Overwhelming to see the manatees in a natural environment. The...More

Thank Louise H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The refuge and national seashore both have incredible beauty and wildlife with something for everyone. Been there several times and still haven't done everything. Different and enjoyable each and every time.Our list of must do on each visit: - Refuge Visitors Center - 1st stop...More

1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the whole visit. Sad that the woman who helped her chidren over the fence to get closer to the manatees cannot read the "DO NOT CROSS THE FENCE" sign. But the whole Refuge is a beautiful and tranquil drive. Well...More

1  Thank Josecanucee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was born,raised in Florida & recently went there on vacation. While we were there, we took a ride out towards the wildlife refuge to get to Playalinda Beach & where it used to be free now they want $10.00 just to get in there....More

Thank lxslvr43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wildlife refuge that you drive through. It is gravel all the way through, and the speed limit is very slow, which is fine, because you don’t want to go fast! We are local and we visit throughout the year, and the best...More

Thank Mjtaborn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit the Refuge when they had a 9am shuttle tour (which they offer every Tuesday). For a fee of $5/each, a Fish & Wildlife employee drives the small shuttle (only about 8 other people were with us)...More

1  Thank AdventurousDolphin
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We enjoyed a simple wedding there. Warm, sunny, and fulfilled our dreams. The five of us had the whole beach for our event. Even got our shoes wet in the surf!

Thank BlueGoldTours
Reviewed 30 October 2017

we came here sunday morning around 10am, visitor center is closed. we drive to black point wildlife drive, put 10$ in envelope in the entrance. it's very cloudy & windy in the beginning. we saw some birds only, no other animals. later the sky opens...More

Thank Gabi-gaga
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Awesome place miles of trails and wildlife drove down to the river to watch the manatees great place to take the entire family

1  Thank Mark S
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6 May 2017|
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Response from Gina M | Reviewed this property |
The best time to do the Black Point Wildlife drive, where I saw the most Wildlife, is first thing in the morning and 1.5 hours before sunset. I went both times. I went to the Canaveral Seashore for sunrise, which was... More
24 March 2017|
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Response from Kwest109 | Reviewed this property |
No, you would need to drive to it.
16 January 2017|
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Response from kka22 | Reviewed this property |
Probably Daytona Beach is your best option. It is about an hour north of Merritt Island and has several places from which to choose.