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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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The Visitor Information Center is currently CLOSED.
An information table is currently available outside from 9 AM to 4 PM, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Volunteers are providing information, maps and passes at the table.
When the table is not staffed, information, maps and passes are available from self-serve kiosks throughout the Refuge.

Whenever the Visitor Information Center re-opens in the future . . . 

Exhibits, movies, programs, water, restrooms, book store, and trails are available.

During normal operations, the Refuge Visitor Center hours are 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Also the refuge does close for rocket launches.

The normal procedure is that Refuge roads are closed one hour before scheduled launch times or when the Canaveral National Seashore beach parking lots are full.


The 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.

1987 Scrub Jay Way,
Titusville, FL 32782
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Hours of Operation
November through April open 8 am to 4 pm daily.
May through October open 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.

The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 

The Visitor Center and Boardwalk are accessible to all visitors.

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