Plan Your Visit

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The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset and there are no day use fees unless visiting certain areas within Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Visitor Center

Centrally located in heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in South Melbourne Beach is the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program’s Barrier Island Sanctuary Land Management and Education Center. The Barrier Island Center (BIC) provides hands-on educational experiences for visitors to the Refuge through interactive exhibits, nature films, special programs and a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail. The Center also has an accessible ocean view boardwalk and picnic tables and is open to the public.

• Open 9AM-5PM
• Exhibits on sea turtles and the barrier island
• Environmental education programs and tours
• School trips
• Auditorium with orientation movies
• Gift shop
• ¾ mile foot trail and lagoon kayak launch
• Closed on Mondays

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Getting Here   

 The Center is located 3 miles north of Sebastian Inlet or 14 miles south of US-192 at: 

8385 South US Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951
(321) 723-3556

Northbound on I-95: Exit Fellsmere / Sebastian SR 512 east to SR510, then to US HWY A1A. Head north on US HWY A1A approximately two miles. An entrance sign located at Golden Sands County Park designates the southern boundary. Access to the refuge is managed through County-managed parks and Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Southbound on I-95: Exit Melbourne taking US 192 east to US HWY A1A. Head south on US HWY A1A approximately 5 miles to get to the northern boundary of the Refuge. An entrance sign located north of Coconut Point Park designates the northern boundary of the Refuge.

Administration Office

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 581-5557
Open 7:30AM – 4:00PM
Monday - Friday