Where to Find Animals In & Around Brevard County

By Alison Ellis, publisher of Macaroni KID South Brevard January 17, 2024

Have kids who love animals? If you're looking for animals in and around Brevard County, we have the list! From farm animals to marine life, we have all the animals you'll need to please your animal lover. Click on each place to find out more and plan your visit!

Looking for even more animal adventures? Check out our Family-Friendly Day Trips Guide for suggestions on places to visit in Florida. 

Jump to:  Animal Habitats and Nature Centers | Aquariums and Zoos | Farms Animals  

Animal Habitats and Nature Centers 

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge & Barrier Island Center

8385 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL | (321) 723-3556

Fish, bird watch, and explore the trails to see what wildlife you can observe. This refuge protects vital habitats for loggerheads and green sea turtles, and you can see nesting sea turtles here. 

Crane Creek Promenade Manatee Observation Area 

1005 E Melbourne Avenue, Melbourne, FL | (321) 724-1741

Sit on a bench or take a stroll and try to spot manatees or other wildlife. 

Environmental Learning Center

255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL | (772) 589-5050

Walk the trails to see if you can spot any wildlife, visit the touch tank for close-up encounters, or take a pontoon tour. The ELC offers a variety of adult and youth classes and camps. 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 

1987 Scrub Jay Way #32782, Titusville, FL | (321) 861-0669

140,000-acre wildlife refuge that features a visitor center with exhibits, trails, programs, and more. Black Point Wildlife Drive is a 7-mile auto tour that is popular for wildlife viewing. There is also a handicap-accessible Manatee Observation Deck. 

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL | (772) 581-5557 

America's first National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2023. Enjoy fishing, birding, hiking, and ranger-led programs. 

Turkey Creek Sanctuary

1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, FL | (321) 676-6690

130 acres of undeveloped Florida land, you can find native Florida plants and wildlife. You might spot manatees, alligators, gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, and more. There is a nature center, classes, tours, and more available! 

Aquariums and Zoos

Brevard Zoo

8225 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL | (321) 254-9453

I highly recommend an annual membership to Brevard Zoo! There are a variety of animals in the Africa, Australia, Caribbean, Florida, and Rainforest exhibits, along with giraffe and bird feedings. Some of the popular animals there include lions, sea otters, and meerkats. Kids will also enjoy the playground and splash pad. 

Check out our Family-Friendly Day Trips Guide for more! 

Farm Animals 

Cox Farms  

4280 Carolwood Drive, Melbourne, FL | (321) 432-3117 

See the rescued animals at this local farm.  

LaPorte Farms

7700 129th Street, Sebastian, FL | (772) 633-0813 

Kids will enjoy seeing animals such as a zebra, llama, miniature horses, a variety of birds, and more. LaPorte Farms also has special events and camps. Admission is donations.   

Romelia Farms Wildlife Sanctuary 

165 Gator Drive, Merritt Island, FL | (321) 848-2486 

This 36-acre wildlife preserve is a sanctuary for 150 animals! You can take a guided petting zoo tour and also have an encounter with a sloth or anteater. 


Bass Pro Shop

750 Bass Pro Drive NE, Palm Bay, FL | (321) 674-3700 

This store features a 16,000 gallon aquarium (with fish feedings every M/W/F at 1 pm!), alligators, and wild hogs. 

Incredible Pets

1894 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL | (321) 255-9091

This pet store has reptiles, fish, birds, and more! 

Know of a place to see animals in our area that we're missing? Please let us know at and we will add it to our list!