Type of Attraction: Wildlife Refuge
Highlights: Wildlife exhibits, visitor center, boardwalk
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed on Sundays from April through October)
Address: State Road 402, Titusville, Florida
Phone Number: (321) 861-0667
Directions: From Interstate 95, take Exit 80 and travel East, crossing over the Indian River Lagoon. Look for the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge entrance.
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge traces its beginnings to the development of the nation’s Space Program. In 1962, NASA acquired 140,000 acres of land, water, and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA built a launch complex and other space-related facilities, but development of most of the area was not necessary. In1963 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement to establish the refuge and in 1975 a second agreement established Canaveral National Seashore. Today, the Department of Interior manages most of the unused portions of the Kennedy Space Center as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore.
For more info visit: www.fws.gov/merrittisland
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