Viera Wetlands (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands)
The Ritch Grissom Viera Wetlands is a little known Florida treasure, This is a Brevard County run facility that consists of four water management cells on 200 acres that are divided by dikes that you can easily walk, ride or drive.
A short list of birds readily seen and photographed include Moorhen, Grebes, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Grackles, Egrets and Warblers. At times Telephoto Florida has seen Hooded Mergansers, Bald Eagles, Northern Harries, and Roseate Spoonbills as well as snakes and a family of otters.
You could spend as little as a half hour if you were to race through the park, but a slow meandering pace is well worth the time. Best to allow for a couple hours to get the most from the visit.
The site is good almost any time of year but wintering waterfowl and migration are peak times. Take Wickham Road west approximately 2 miles until it ends and you are there.
Definitely worth a stop if you are driving on I- 95 anywhere near the Cocoa Beach/Melbourne area.