Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (Indian River)
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge
Canaveral National Seashore (Volusia)
Bays & Inlets
Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Banana River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segments (Space Coast and Indian River/Pelican Island), Indian River Blueway Trail
Brevard County, at the middle of Florida's east coast, has 71 miles of sandy coastline. Also known as Florida's Space Coast, Brevard County is the home of John F. Kennedy Space Center. Interlaced with small, coastal cities, Brevard offers numerous opportunities for learning about natural resources and coastal ecosystems.
Surfing and fishing are among the most popular outdoor activities in Brevard. Home of iconic surf shops, Brevard County beaches are scattered with surf boards and surfers throughout the day. Fishing off the Atlantic Coast and within the intracoastal waterways is a popular attraction in Brevard.
Indian River Lagoon is considered to be among the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. This lagoon provides vital seagrass habitat and is home to a myriad of invertebrates including oysters, clams, mussels, sponges and blue crabs. Larger marine life in the lagoon can include tarpon, snook, flounder, sea turtles and manatees, just to name a few. This important ecosystem is teeming with marine life and provides a boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing paradise.
Many events occur throughout the year ranging from surfing contests to sailboat regattas and numerous festivals. The largest and longest-running seafood festival in the southeast, the Grant Seafood Festival, occurs every February in Brevard County. This festival began in 1965, and admission is still free. Brevard also has numerous fishing tournaments.
Brevard County's economy relies strongly on tourism. Some of the attractions that generate significant tourism include the Brevard Zoo, John F Kennedy Space Center, the beaches and Port Canaveral.
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge spans 20.5 miles along the Atlantic Coast. This area is an essential sea turtle nesting habitat. Loggerheads, leatherbacks and green turtles all lay eggs on this stretch of beach. Turtle nesting in this area occurs from May through October.
Approximately 12,000 years ago, early inhabitants populated this area. In the mid-1980s, the Windover Archaeological Site was excavated, revealing hundreds of immaculately preserved burials. This collection represents one of the most well-preserved finds from the Archaic Period.
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