Every time I head south to the east coast of Florida, I try to make a run over to Merritt Island and the National Seashore. Established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals.
Many recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge. Bird and wildlife observation, a wildlife drive, manatee observation deck, fishing and hunting opportunities, and boating and paddling are examples of available activities. The Visitor Information Center located 4 miles east of Titusville, Florida, is a great place to start your visit.