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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

#3 of 75 things to do in Melbourne Features Animals
10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
+1 321-637-5521
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Almost guaranteed to see a gator

We enjoy coming here with our friends and family from out of state. One thing I like about it... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Sue C
Melbourne, Florida
Birds and Gators

One of the best free activities to do in the area. Incredible views of wildlife in an immersive... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Justin O
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10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940-6604
+1 321-637-5521
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

We enjoy coming here with our friends and family from out of state. One thing I like about it, is, your can drive your car through the entire area, stop and get out of the car when you see wildlife. Every visit we have seen...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 18 February 2017

One of the best free activities to do in the area. Incredible views of wildlife in an immersive environment. I would highly recommend checking this place out.

Thank Justin O
Reviewed 16 February 2017

As usual it did not lack for great bird photography. I spent 3 morning and one afternoon there this past week and loved every minute.

Thank LGlass12189
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Having the wetlands in Brevard County is a real treat. Spend a few hours bird watching and see a few gators at no cost. Take a walk around the wetlands. You may want to ride your bike. There is a road the wetlands if you're...More

Thank Randy T
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Birds, turtles and alligators galore in easy to walk or drive loops around the wetlands. Love going back frequently as the animals always change.

1  Thank Jared R
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I live nearby and take my dog to the wetlands frequently during the cooler weather. Since it's wide open, cooler days are better for walking. I have seen gators, snakes, today, an otter, and many birds. I enjoy walking. If you walk the entire perimeter,...More

Thank sconte
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Loads of birds and we even saw a couple of alligators. It's a drive around the wetlands and you can pull off to get out and take photos. I will add some soon. As we were leaving an otter crossed the road! That was great...More

Thank HKRoxx
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is relatively small, unpretentious yet extremely well maintained sanctuary with an amazingly large and diverse bird population. It is both walkable and driveable and presents excellent photographic opportunities for bird lovers. We went several times and were never disappointed.

Thank ebdb627
Reviewed 18 January 2017

You can always find gators. Even had one walk right across the road in front of our car. Must go well before sunset. Lots of birds. I would not recommend walking the gators can be right next to the road.

Thank Deborah B
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Whether you are marginally interested in watching birds or a die-hard birder, do not miss this incredible spot. It is a series of dirt roads around ponds and wetlands. You will see beautiful and uncommon birds. The harder you look, the more you see! I...More

Thank WomanWanderer
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Darby K
16 April 2017|
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Response from Only1Victor | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can
18 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!
15 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.