MINWR Visitor Center and Boardwalk Trail
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center has been part of the refuge since 1985.
The Visitor Information Center is highly recommended for first time visitors. The center offers wildlife and habitat displays, maps and information of the refuge, an auditorium to view a film about the refuge, restrooms, and The Bookery.
MIWA operates The Bookery, a nature based book and gift store. Since MIWA is a non-profit organization, all proceeds go to helping support the refuge. We also have an online store for those who cannot make it out to visit! Go here to shop now
MIWA provides staff for the store and to help provide additional support at the Visitor Center front desk. The MIWA office is also located in the center as well. For additional MIWA information, please call our office at 321-861-2377.
The Visitor Center offers many fun activities, such as the Boardwalk Scavenger Hunt sheet. Fun for children and adults, this game will help you identify common sights on the boardwalk. Also available is the MINWR Junior Ranger program and Geo-Family Hunts.
The Visitor Center hours of operation vary with the season. During the summer (April – October) the center is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 4pm. The center is open during the winter season (November – March) on Monday – Sunday from 9am – 4pm. For more information please call the front desk at 321-861-0669.
There is no fee for the Visitor Center or the Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk trail is located at the Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center Boardwalk trail is a ¼ mile loop (.4 km) and located at the Visitor Center. The walk generally takes 15 minutes and offers great views of two freshwater ponds, a native butterfly garden, hammock, wetland prairie along with wildlife and birds. The walk also includes interruptive signs.
The boardwalk can be a great opportunity during the winter season to see painted buntings and other songbirds at our feeders. Screech owl boxes can offer up close viewing of the Eastern screech owl. Alligators, turtles and amphibians populate the two freshwater ponds and an osprey nesting platform is easily viewed through a scope during the nesting season.
The Boardwalk is open during Visitor Center hours. Wheelchair accessibility is available through the Visitor Center.