Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway

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  • Native Flora of the Indian River Lagoon

    Flowers and shrubbery sprout from the seemingly inhospitable sand dunes next to the beach.

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  • Covered Pier on Indian River Lagoon

    Visitors gaze out over the calm water from under the shady roof of the Grant House Fisherman's Pier on Island River Lagoon, in Grant, Florida.

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  • Touring the Grant House

    A visitor gets the inside scoop from a tour guide at the Grant House.

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  • Relaxing on a Shady Porch

    Visitors to the Grant House in Grant, Florida, beat the heat on a cozy covered porch.

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  • Motorboating on the Indian River Lagoon

    A boat speeds away from the inlet dock at the Indian River Lagoon.

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  • Clouds Over Cocoa Beach

    Clouds may keep some visitors away, but others enjoy the solitude of having the beach all to themselves.

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  • Reading the Signs at Pelican Island's Centennial Walkway

    A visitor pauses along the Centennial Walkway to read an interpretive plaque.

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  • Catching the Big Ones

    Fishing the Indian River Lagoon, one of the best angling spots in America.

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  • A Quiet Canoe Trip

    In order to fully experience the peaceful appeal of the real Florida, rent a canoe or kayak on the Indian River Lagoon and try your hand at paddling your way to pleasant adventures.

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  • Colorful Hobbie Cats

    Colorful Hobbie Cats (a popular kind of sail boat) ply waters near the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway.

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  • Lagoon House

    A crowd gathers outside the Lagoon House for a picture.

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  • Space Shuttle Endeavor at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

    The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge resides within Kennedy Space Center. This provides a unique blend of pristine natural and recreational resources with the space age technology of NASA.

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  • Kayakers at Cocoa Beach

    This boat ramp at Cocoa Beach provides access for colorful kayakers.

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  • Fishermen on the Flats

    Men fish off a flat near the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway.

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  • Wind-shorn Runner Oaks in Malibar

    The morning light breaks over wind-shorn runner oaks in Malibar.

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  • Sunrise Over Bird Island

    The sun rises over an island known to locals as "Bird Island."

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  • Paul Kroegel Became the First Wildlife Officer and Refuge Manager in 1903.

    Paul Kroegel with a pelican on Pelican Island, Florida.

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  • Lagoon House

    The Lagoon House in the City of Palm Bay will welcome visitors on the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway.

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  • Paul Kroegel, an immigrant boat builder, became an inspiration to conservationists.

    The statue of Paul Kroegel at Pelican Island, Florida.

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  • Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway

    The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway traverses a thin stretch of land, with the calm waters of the Indian River Lagoon to the east and the crashing breakers of the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

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  • Sunbathing Alone

    A sunbather catches some rays at James H. Nance Park.

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  • Boats at the Dock

    A would-be sailor examines the boats docked at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

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  • Pelican Stretches his Neck

    A pelican enjoys a lazy moment on a pond at Pelican Island National Wildlife Reserve.

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  • Strolling through Pelican Island

    Palm trees line a trail in Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge.

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  • A Peaceful Shore on the Indian River Lagoon

    This calm stretch of sand extends from the Grant House to the Island River Lagoon.

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  • In 1963, Pelican Island was designated a National Historic Landmark.

    National Historic Landmark plaque at Pelican Island, Florida.

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  • Lagoon House

    The Lagoon House in the City of Palm Bay will welcome visitors on the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway.

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  • Boats Abound

    Boating is always a pleasure on the Indian River Lagoon, so people travel whenever they can on the waterway.

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  • Hunting Waterfowl

    A black labrador is praised by a hunter for retrieving waterfowl during hunting season.

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  • American Alligator

    An American alligator grins toothily as it stealthily crawls through the grasslands of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Sendler Education Outpost

    The sheltered pavilion at Sendler Education Outpost is the ideal setting for hosting environmental education programs.

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  • Young Fishermen at Merritt Island

    Father and sons prepare to fish along the bank on a clear spring day.

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  • Waves at Canaveral National Seashore

    The thunderous waves crash to the shore as the cattails sway in the wind.

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  • American Bald Eagles

    A pair of American Bald Eagles perches royally on bare branches at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Merritt Island Visitor Information Center

    The American flag waves majestically over Merritt Island\'s Visitor Information Center.

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  • Blue Winged Teal Ducks at Merritt Island

    A pair of blue-winged teal ducks swim near the shore while a third looks on.

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  • Learning About the Environment at Merritt Island

    The local ranger educates curious children and other visitors about the birds that can be found at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Underwater Manatee

    One of the many mammals found at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, this manatee floats placidly for inquisitive visitors to observe.

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  • Hammock Trails on Merritt Island

    This is one of two learning-oriented trails at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can take a short walk through the wetlands and learn about the ecology.

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  • Florida Scrub Jay at Merritt Island

    This federally threatened Florida scrub jay perches cautiously along the Scrub Ridge Trail, part of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • The Indian River Lagoon

    This aerial shows a view of the diverse biosystem and beauty of the Indian River Lagoon.

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  • Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge Dedication

    Participants help with the dedication of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • An Address at the Dedication

    A speaker addresses the audience at the Pelican Island NWR dedication.

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  • Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge Dedication

    Participants help with the dedication of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Pelicans at Pelican Island

    Some of the national wildlife refuge\'s namesakes grace the dedication with their presence.

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  • Pelican Island Viewpoint

    A visitor takes advantage of the telescope to get a better view at wildlife.

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  • Lagoon House

    A crowd gathers outside the Lagoon House for a picture.

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  • Biking on Cocoa Beach

    A lone cyclist takes to Cocoa Beach for a sunrise ride next to the waves.

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  • An Array of Birds at Merritt Island

    Roseate spoonbills, great egrets, American white pelicans, snowy egrets, wood storks, and great blue herons can all be seen at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Paddling the St. Sebastian River

    Three kayakers paddle down the St. Sebastian River past draperies of lush plant life.

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  • Kayaking on the Indian River Lagoon

    Two kayakers pause at a sandbar to look at shorebirds on the Indian River Lagoon.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway

    Florida's Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • Apollo Saturn V Rocket

    Visitors at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admire the gigantic Apollo Saturn V Rocket.

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  • Kayaking at Cocoa Beach

    Three adventurers kayak in the cool waters at Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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