Canaveral Nat'l Seashore Getaways

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Over 20 miles of wilderness beach providing important nesting grounds for green sea and loggerhead turtles is featured at Canaveral National Seashore. The area consists of a barrier island offering 24 miles of undeveloped beach and wetland environment. The site encompasses over 57,600 acres and serves as a sanctuary for over 1000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, including 14 threatened or endangered species. The area includes a portion of the 140,393-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The South District of the park, near Titusville, closes three days before a shuttle launch and reopens the day after a successful launch

Canaveral National Seashore offers many options in the way of recreation. In the North District of the seashore, visitors can view exhibits and obtain information at the New Smyrna Beach Visitor Center. Year-round ranger-led programs given in the North District include walks, talks, canoe programs and seasonal "Sea Turtle Watch" programs. Primitive camping is allowed with a permit, available in the Smyrna Beach Visitor Center. Interpretive exhibits are also available at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in the South District. A boat launch and boating opportunities are available as well. Paddling in the quieter waters is a good way to view the profusion of animal and birdlife. Several short nature trails and a lengthy 25-mile coastal walk are possible.

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