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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

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Lovely for morning or late evening walks.

Go there often for early morning walks and love to see various birds and seek alligators small and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amar M
Viera, Florida
A beautiful early morning drive, with wild life

This has become a frequent event for my family. The wetlands are a beautiful collection of flying... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Florida
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10001 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go there often for early morning walks and love to see various birds and seek alligators small and large hidden in the water! Yet to see an alligator out of the water. The approach road to the car park is very uneven and needs attention...More

Thank Amar M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has become a frequent event for my family. The wetlands are a beautiful collection of flying, crawling and swimming Florida wildlife. It is convenient to visit and had no entrance fees, the last time I visited. There is place for donations to help sustain...More

Thank jjones611
Reviewed 6 September 2018

A favorite place and a haven for all sorts of birds and wild life. New homes are being built and encroaching on this wild area - This is a tragedy!

Thank MichaelandAnn
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I have visited this preserve twice, once in March and once in August. I highly recommend the cooler months!! Very buggy! We saw all types of birds--very fascinating. Even though there are tons of warnings, we never saw a gator. There is a drive that...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

While trying to burn a few hours between baseball games we ventured out to the wetlands. We saw some interesting birds as well as 5 alligators. It’s an easy, free outing

Thank Missy A
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The nice thing about this park is that if its cold or rainy (like the day we were there), you can stay in your car and open windows when you want. There were plenty of birds there and raccoons, and gators. We were in the...More

Thank niteowljune
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

You can go at different times of the year and see birds and Aligator’s. We go and take pictures. Our favorite thing to do there is ride our bikes. You can walk but it gets hot and there are no services. It is free and...More

Thank Deb-NY-FL
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This is a great place to go for bird and nature watching. Depending on the time of year you go you can see alligators, and various local and migrating birds.

Thank MVerdera
Reviewed 1 July 2018

The area was nice and I'm sure there is a lot to see, but we were expecting to drive around and it was roped off, so we only hiked a little bit before we got too hot. Worth it if want to hike, but we...More

Thank Cali E
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

It’s been raining lately, so the roads have been closed to driving, and only open for walking or biking. None of the observation decks were available to walk up, and there is only one place to sit at only one of the stops with a...More

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29 April 2018|
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Response from Teachcool | Reviewed this property |
Yes the park does allow dogs however, you should remember that it's a wildlife park and you shouldn't let your dog aggravate the wildlife. The walkways are conducive to walking your animals on a leash, but there are... More
12 September 2017|
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Response from herblin50 | Reviewed this property |
Alligators are always there but not always visible. Depends on time of year, air and water temperature. Sunny days when water is cooler the siting are more numerous.
Darby K
16 April 2017|
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Response from Only1Victor | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can
17 December 2016|
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Response from The_fotobug | Reviewed this property |
The official operating hours vary as follows: April through September 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Daily February, March, October 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Daily November through January 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Daily Hope that helps!
14 February 2016|
Response from The_fotobug | Reviewed this property |
Videography, yes - but they may have an issue with drones although I know of no posted restrictions.