• Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Titusville, Florida

      Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) surrounds one of the most secure, high-tech government facilities in the county, Kennedy Space Center. There are over 500 species of animals and 1,000 plant varieties, 15 on the threatened or endangered list, in the refuge. The Visitor Center has exhibits about local wildlife, a bookstore, gift shop and boardwalk trail behind the center. The refuge leads out to Canaveral National Seashore.

      If you go:
      Refuge roads, trails and boat ramps are open from sunrise to sunset daily. There is a $10 per car fee but variuos park passes are honored. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Saturday 8 AM until 4 PM. The refuge is closed one hour before space launches. Manatee sightings are better in winter months. Bird watching is best October through April. Alligators may be seen throughout the refuge. Be careful of snakes, poison ivy, stinging nettle, or stinging insects. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and if you plan to hike, waterproof shoes are good. Drinking water is only available at the visitor center. Restrooms are located at the visitor center and at Stop 9 on Black Point Wildlife Drive.

      Links:




      State Highway 402
      Titusville, Florida 32796 USA
      MerrittIsland@fws.gov

      Mailing address:
      PO Box 2683
      Titusville, FL 32781 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Refuge
      +1 (321) 861-0669


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