Merritt Island is a modest town nestled between the Indian and Banana Rivers, surrounded by a wildlife refuge. The island is best known for its proximity to NASA and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Merritt Island and its nearby neighbors offer plenty of outdoor recreation, restaurants, and shopping.
Due to its proximity to Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island is part of the “Space Coast,” an area known for its world-class beaches, expansive golf courses, and its sheer volume of oceanic activities.
Experience neighboring Space Coast cities and partake in the region’s various festivals. Some of the best ones include Red, White and Boom Over North Brevard, 16th Annual Indialantic Craft Festival, and the Summer Spectacular.
Fun things to do in Merritt Island and the Space Coast include exploring the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, and wildlife sightseeing at Black Point Wildlife Drive.
Craft beer lovers should hop on the Space Coast Brews Cruise for guided tours through the region's top microbreweries, including the Florida Beer Company and Cocoa Beach Brewing Company.
Two of the best museums in Merritt Island and the Space Coast include the Space Shuttle Atlantis and Brevard Veterans Memorial Museum & Military Museum.
Go shopping at the Merritt Crossing Mall. It has selections from both sought-after department stores and specialty boutiques.
Like much of Space Coast, Merritt Island’s best outdoor attractions are water based. Try kayaking, canoeing, surfing, windsurfing, or waterskiing.