*[Come home to the calm, peaceful paradise of Merritt Island! Located on Florida’s largest island lie the countless riverfront estates and beautiful homes nestled on the banks of the Indian River, Banana River and Sykes Creek. Picturesque views from an array of waterfront condominiums and communities situated along the many canals and mature neighborhoods are abundant throughout the area.
Golf on the Savannahs Championship Golf Course designed by Gordon Lewis or work on improving your swing with a private lesson. Merritt Island is centrally located in Brevard County and just minutes from the world famous Cocoa Beach, cruise lines at Port Canaveral and within a hour to Orlando International Airport plus Orlando’s major attractions. The islands prime location, diverse mix of people, economy and array of significant amenities attracts businesses of all sizes]* and kinds. Merritt Island Boat Works, a top luxury yacht manufacturer and Arnott Inc. Air Suspension Products are among the companies that have made Merritt Island their home.
Merritt Island is the mecca for water sports. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own watercraft. Waverunners, boats, sailboats, SUP’s, paddleboards and kayaks, are all available to rent from many local vendors! Have a few items to check off that bucket list? Give flyboarding a try at Jump Right In Flyboarding or head down to Kelly Park to Calema Windsurfing and Watersports for a variety of rentals and instruction on windsurfing. Boat dockage for your personal sail or power boat is readily available with full facilities all around Merritt Island’s waterfront! Head just a few minutes east on SR520 to the beaches to try your hand at parasailing, paragliding or surfing!
Take the family on a Banana River Lagoon tour with Space Coast River Tours, a Eco Tour, or experience the charm of the coastal rivers sailing with Freedom Sailing Adventures. Want a bird’s eye view of the many spectacular sights of the area? Picture the beauty of the St John’s River, the legendary Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s majestic Rocket Garden, the Cocoa Beach Pier, Port Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base from one of Florida Air Tours biplanes located at the Merritt Island Airport.
Outdoor adventure is in every direction and the Florida wildlife is abundant for you to appreciate. Launch your canoe or kayak at the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary or Manatee Cove Park. Visit the Brevard Veterans Memorial Museum & Military Museum, stroll along or fish from the 335 ft lighted boardwalk at the Veterans Memorial Park, or walk the nature trail at the Merritt Island Rotary Park. Situated in a wildlife sanctuary, the Kiwanis Island river park allows access to Sykes Creek for boaters, rowers, paddlers and shoreline fishermen. If you’re feeling really adventurous, head north on State Road 3 to the 140,000 acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Home to a multitude of species, migratory birds, bobcats, alligators, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles and more! Canoe or kayak and explore the deep marshes, bike Black Point Wildlife Drive, hike the Cruickshank Trail, gaze at the manatees from the manatee observation deck or access the abutting Canaveral National Seashore. There is something for everyone’s comfort level!
Cool off during the summers and take in a movie at the 16 theatre & IMAX movie Merritt Square Mall Cinema with 16 theatres & IMAX movies. Shop a little before or after the show or enjoy a meal at one of the many of restaurants near the mall. Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, TGI Fridays, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Molly’s Seafood Shack and Applebee’s are all nearby. Grab a lobster dinner to go or some local seafood take-out at Ms Apples Crab Shack on the Indian River or check out a local brew in the tap room of the Bugnutty Brewing Company.
This 6 mile wide and 40 mile long island packs quite a punch!