Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to Florida's indigenous birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Fewer than 30 minutes from New Smyrna Beach, the 140,000 acre refuge is home to both threatened and endangered species. Experts have documented over 500 species of other wildlife here, including 330 species of birds. Explore along the Black Point Wildlife Drive, a scenic 7 mile stretch with numbered stops, habitats through trails and observations decks. The best time to view wildlife is early morning or late afternoon.