Such a Peaceful Setting!
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge/Canaveral National Seashore
What a fun place and so much to do. You can drive through the areas where you are sure to see some sort of wildlife, either birds, ducks, and even an alligator every now and again. They have a very informative Visitor Center that is highly recommended for the first-time visitors. They have plenty of wildlife observation and photography areas, a Wildlife Drive, foot and hiking trails, Manatee Observation Deck, boat launches and beach access.
Once you reach the Canaveral National Seashore you will have to pay $3 per person to drive into the area. They have 13 parking areas where you can walk over the dunes and hang out on the beach. There were signs every so often asking for “NO NUDITY” and we found this quite peculiar as we continued to joke with one another about it. Once we got to the very last parking area 13 we walked over the dunes and lo and behold there were plenty of naked bodies to see, all bent over and in their glory. We took some photos but were a bit uncomfortable as many people began to join in on the nudity so we drove back down to a few of the other areas that did not have any nudity and enjoyed walking along the beach looking for seashells. Jerry found this absolutely perfect conch shell, it is a bit on the larger size when we were actually looking for something to use as a magnet on our refrigerator but we can put this to some kind of use, maybe a pencil holder or something along those lines.
If you are in the area we would highly recommend you take a leisurely drive and check out all that this area has to offer.
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