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Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Phone Number: 386-428-4828
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We only had time to make a quick visit. There were some nice exhibits on display with live aquatic animals. Staff was very frendly and helpful. Wish we had time to do the boat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Glenda R
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Sidney, New York
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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

They have a lot of great outdoor activities but only a few small fish tanks inside. With a name like it has I'm not sure what I was expecting but maybe just a little more to see inside on a hot summer day.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Mangroves have been reported to be able to help buffer against tsunami, cyclones and other storms. I learned this and countless other facts about mangroves on this Dolphin tour. Why spend your hard earned money viewing interesting things like dolphins and manatees, when you can see pelicans? In all seriousness, in this two hour dolphin cruise, there was probably 10... More 

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markmdc, Public Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you did not see any Dolphin on your tour. There is a permanent pod of them in the Lagoon, so it is rare NOT to see any. If you had, I am sure they would have spent more time discussing them. Since we are an educational facility, we do emphasis the importance of the... More 

Sidney, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We only had time to make a quick visit. There were some nice exhibits on display with live aquatic animals. Staff was very frendly and helpful. Wish we had time to do the boat tour. Maybe next time!

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Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The weather wasn't great and we were just trying to learn more about what was available at New Smyrna Beach. We turned in here ... and what a pleasant experience. They have lovely, very interesting exhibits, friendly and welcoming personnel, and a "tide pool" exhibit showing some live creatures. They also have some aquariums. We even saw tiny baby sea... More 

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Huntley, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This small museum is small, but very informative & interesting! The staff are knowledgeable and enrich the hands on experiences. We like the fact that if has medical care for our sea friends and reminds us to be good stewards of our land and sea!

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Central Florida, Florida
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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Marine Discovery Center is a good starting point to learn about sea life and the shoreline ecosystems in FL. A kayak tour is a great way to see the shore from a different vantage point and to learn about some neat flora and fauna. The Center itself is a work in progress, but has nice displays of live sea... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Very interesting dolphin tour. Plenty of dolphins and birds to see. Knowledgeable and fun staff. plenty of time to stop wjen dolphins wete sighted. Try to get a seat on the right side of boat as most birds were on that side. All in all a great trip.

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Buffalo
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83 reviews 83 reviews
46 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You can start your visit at the Marine Discovery Center, which is free to enter. It has many exhibits of the marine life from the local area. All of the volunteer workers were very knowledgable about the species and their habitats. There is also a gift shop that helps to fund the Center (so buy a few things for the... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Fun, friendly, informative staff on this trip. Saw a LOT of dolphins. Lots of interesting information on dolphins, pelicans, mangroves, etc. Would not hesitate to recommend this 2 hour boat toura

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Hinsdale
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This makes the trip worth ...a little hands on museum, but the dolphin cruise has\d a fanatastic, informative naturalist.

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