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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

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Address: 10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
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+1 321-637-5521
08:00 - 17:00
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Out of the heat nature drive

Location was a little tricky to find but a local helped us out. This wetland is different as you can drive your car all over it on the very nice paths. So if you are limited on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Location was a little tricky to find but a local helped us out. This wetland is different as you can drive your car all over it on the very nice paths. So if you are limited on your mobility or sensitive to heat this is the place for you. It is basically retention ponds of all sizes with lots of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Lots of birds only one gator but we went in the middle of the day and its very hot. I suspect their is more activity in the morning

1 Thank Tim L
Liberty Township, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We took our 4 kids 8-13 and they enjoyed trying to find things that others might not have found. We didn't see alligators like others have posted, but it was midday in the middle of July, if I were a gator I'd be hiding under water or under a tree...we saw plenty of different birds, and BALD EAGLES! First time... More 

Thank Tim R
Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We bicycle here very frequently. It's pristine and filled with native Floridian wildlife including incredible birds, ducks, cranes, egrets, herons, etc. And, yes, gators -- lots and lots of gators. Some of the alligators are the 'big boys' -- 12 feet and larger. They won't bother you if you don't bother them, but NEVER feed them. A good place to... More 

1 Thank DeborahFL
Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

These are man-made ponds surrounding a lake (you can't tell the difference). If you go there at the right time; early morning or early evenings, you never know what you'll see. Alligators; probably, eagles; maybe, and even a Caracara pair. There are so many species of birds, otters, and maybe even some cows (I also saw some cowboys). Bring your... More 

Thank Terry R
Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I wish we would not have forgot our camera on our trip to Florida. The wildlife here is amazing to view and capture in photos. We saw alligators and many types of birds while there, but there are much more there, just depends on the day I guess. We drove from Orlando, and it only took about 30 mins. Our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

I love to take photos and was disappointed a didn't have a long lens with me but still managed to capture a couple of herons that were close to the road. With the heat and humidity in June, I was very grateful for the ability to drive through the area-that was also a feature much appreciated by my parents who... More 

Thank Jen K
Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I prefer drive thru instead of walking or bike. It does have a wide variety of birds. We could also see 3 alligators. It's beautiful. But contrary of some reviews I must say that it does have a large donation box at the entrance for those who voluntarily wants to donate (which is common in most of free and/or natural... More 

Thank Winedus
Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

We've been here twice in the last year. We've seen alligators, all types of birds and other animals. The variety of wildlife depend upon the migration season. There is no shade, so make sure you take a hat and water with you while you walk the area. Also make sure you have good control of your kids. You'll be walking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

When you have visitors, you should take them to these Wetlands. It's remarkable how the birds have gravitated to these artificial wetlands. They have benches and walking paths throughout and on a nice day, it has to be one of the most peaceful and refreshing places in Central Florida. There are also natural roadways if you just want to drive... More 

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