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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

From Punta Gorda, go north on US17.  When reaching Zolfo Springs,turn right onto SR64. Proceed eastward on SR64 to US27 in Avon Park.  Turn left onto US27.  Proceed northward on US27 to Interstate 4.  Follow I-4 northward toward Orlando until the BeeLine Expressway.  Get on the BeeLine Expressway, heading eastward towards Titusville.  (Note: You can avoid some of the heavy traffic on the BeeLine Expressway by getting off of I-4 at the Central Florida Greenway, a toll road, and taking it eastward to the intersection with the BeeLine Expressway.)  From the Expressway, take SR 407 to Interstate 95.  Continue northward on I-95 to Exit 220, which is SR406.  Take 406 eastward through Titusville, across the Intracoastal Waterway onto Merritt Island.  Stay on SR406 to reach the Black Point Wildlife Drive or turn onto SR402 to reach the Visitor's Center.  To reach the Canaveral National Seashore, continue eastward on SR406.  The distance from Punta Gorda to Merritt Island following the above route is 185 miles.  In the early morning with little traffic, the trip took 3 hours and 15 minutes.  The trip homeward in the evening with heavy traffic took 4 hours.

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