The Indian River Lagoon is the largest and most diverse estuary in the United States. At 156 miles long, it is home to over 3,000 different species of plants and animals. The lagoon is made up of the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and the Indian River. It extends south from the Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach to the Jupiter Inlet in Jupiter, FL. The lagoon is a nesting ground for sea turtles; females return each year to lay their eggs along the shores. It’s also on the migratory path for manatees; large, but gentle, sea mammals. Thousands of dolphins also call the lagoon home. The Indian River Lagoon waterways can be explored by kayak or canoe. There are also many walking paths and trails for those who like to stay on dry land. An important habitat, the Indian River Lagoon gives visitors an up-close look at Florida’s unique flora and fauna.
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