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Marine Discovery Center

520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We heard about the MDC through word of mouth. It is a free. They offer eco boat tours, I highly recommend. I took to boat trips and this was the best by far. It is 2 hours and there was so much education and photo opportunities. We saw lots of dolphin and a manatee too.

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Coppell, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Lots of interesting things for kids to learn about our ecosystem, plus a nice relaxing dolphin tour. Worth the small price.

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Southlake, TX
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

MDC has nice exhibits and cool gift shop. I volunteer here as often as I can. They have Eco-cruises daily, which I Highly recommend. MDC is dedicated to educating everyone about our lagoon, wildlife and ecosystem. Lots of ways to volunteer here as well.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Prepare to spend anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour here. Really geared towards children ages 4-teens. Lots of hand on things to look at. They have live crabs in tanks where you can touch and hold. Wish this place would expand, it would be a huge attraction for this small area.

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Hanover, Ontario
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our plan was to go to the dolphin discovery boat trip at 2:00 p.m. It was full so we had to go on the 4:15 one. Where you buy tickets and where you board the boat are two different locations so keep that in mind and go a bit early. We sat in the front seats which were a bit... More

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Orlando, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Most people come here for the beach, but THIS is a side of New Smyrna that is a different world. Mangroves, oyster beds, osprey, manatees, and more... What a beautiful couple of hours we had today, on a comfortable pontoon boat tour! Knowledgable and fun tour guide and captain. My only complaint is that every seat was full, so that... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The dolphin boat tour is fantastic. The guides saw manatees right as we were about to launch. The boat followed the manatees so we could all see. Afterward, they began the regular tour. They stopped anytime we wanted to see something and answered all questions. They were very knowledgeable and informative. This is a great way to spend an afternoon... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The guide on the dolphin tour was awesome. We were able to see and learn about much of the native wildlife in the Indian river. Super peaceful.

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Right on Barracuda drive with plenty of parking. Guide is very friendly and informative. Offered us to put our own kayaks in their for free anytime we want.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This 2hr narrated tour of the intercoastal waterway was great! Saw a manatee and a bottle nose dolphin and lots of pelicans and baby pelicans. Tour is on a covered pontoon boat. Very relaxing and water is smooth. Very safe and well maintained. Great for all ages. Guide and captain are very friendly and knowledgeable. Buy tickets at Marine Discovery... More

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