Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
    • Directions and Operating Hours


Refuge roads, trails, and boat ramps are open daily from sunrise to sunset

Refuge roads, trails and boat ramps do not close for rocket launches.

The Visitor Center hours vary by season.


From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge.  The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway.

To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right.

From the north, access is available from US 1 on the Kennedy Parkway (SR 3) about two miles south of the community of Oak Hill.  Access is not available from the south on SR 3 because of the restricted area surrounding the Kennedy Space Center.  From the south, visitors must use the Titusville entrance.

GPS coordinates to the Visitor Center are 28.641467 and -80.735842 or Latitude 28 38' 29.28" N, Longitude 80 44' 9.03" W

Map of Refuge

Travel distances from common destinations include:

  • Cocoa Beach - 37 miles
  • Daytona Beach - 39 miles
  • Jacksonville - 135 miles
  • Melbourne - 49 miles
  • Miami - 226 miles
  • New Smyrna Beach - 37 miles
  • Ocala - 130 miles
  • Orlando - 52 miles
  • Tallahassee - 296 miles
  • Tampa - 126 miles
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