Merritt island is a piece of land that stretches between the Indian and Banana Rivers. It is the largest island in Florida. Along with homes, restaurants and shopping, Merritt Island is home to a 140,000 acre wildlife refuge which you can visit for free, and see all of the wildlife that Merritt Island has to offer. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is among the top ten in the United States. There are more than 500 species in that are protected in the refuge including birds, sea turtles, snakes, and manatees.