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The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge spans 20.5-miles from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach. Encompassed within this large area are hiking and biking trails, accessible paved paths, boat ramps and kayak launches, fishing, parks, camping, a museum, beaches and state parks. It is also one of the most significant spots for nesting Loggerhead turtles. The Visitor Center features exhibits and video presentations as well as information on how to best explore the barrier island ecosystem. Highly recommended is a fascinating nighttime educational program in June and July to view the Loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the beach. (Note that aside from this guided tour — it is prohibited to access the beach area at night in order to protect the turtles). The refuge is free and there is a fee for programs. Advance reservations are required.

8385 South Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL
(321) 723-3556
fws.gov/archiecarr

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