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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

140,000 acres of undisturbed natural lands located on the Alantic coast.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of Central Florida’s best opportunities to experience the great outdoors. One popular point of interest is Black Point Wildlife Drive, which is a 7 mile driving tour featuring several stopping areas to view wildlife. The refuge also has six hiking trails, a manatee observation deck, and access to Playalinda Beach and its miles of shoreline. There is no shortage of animals that call the refuge home. Visitors may see bobcats, alligators, manatees, sea turtles, and countless types of birds just to name a few.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset each day; the visitor center is open 9am – 4pm Monday through Saturday. There are $10 fees to visit Blackpoint Wildlife Drive and access Playalinda Beach by car.

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