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Marine Discovery Center

520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
386-428-4828
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Tavares, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is the third time we've been on a Marine Discovery tour and they get better every time. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and fun too. A fabulous way to learn about marine life and our Eco system. We've seen dolphins on every trip and always learn something new.

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Ellwood City PA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We only went on the Dolphin Boat Tour, did not go inside. The hosts were great, funny, instructive, and took the time to stop & follow, when we spotted dolphins. Which was almost the entire time. Nice tour!

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Chester, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Stumbled upon this venue by accident. From brief encounter I'd say a good outing for kids, docent was intent on engaging children while being very knowledgeable.

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Mosinee WI
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This place only has about 6 small tanks with few things in them. They had small seahorses, crabs, and some fish. I tank had just a puffer fish in it, This place is free on the volunteer was knowledgeable, however this is basically just a place to buy tickets for the tours with a small gift shop. Something to do... More 

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

Thank you for visiting our small exhibit area. For now it is a free thing you can do before going out on our tours. We hope that what you learned on the boat tour and from the exhibit volunteer will help accomplish our mission "To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

First went on a dolphin tour in 2012 and couldn't stop talking about the Marine Discover Center! Not only did I get to see dolphins and manatees for the first time- I learned so much about them!!! I live in Rochester, NY and a group of friends and I went down last year and weren't able to get on one... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Kids and adults alike will enjoy it here. Something to learn (in a beautiful setting) for everyone. Experience dolphins, manatees and other aquatic animal life. Knowledgable tour guides.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This tour was great! It wasn't about the houses along the river that the reviews of other tours in the area had. My son is very curious and loves nature so he had plenty of questions and comments. The lady giving the tour made sure she answered every question he had. We saw lots of dolphins, manatees and lots of... More 

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Deland, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Our grand kids live coming here to touch stingrays, see how the turtles doing and seeing the eagles and other birds. Love it here.

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Peoria, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My husband and I took the two hour dolphin tour and it was amazing. We saw alot of dolphins and got some amazing pics. The captain and the tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would high recommend checking them out.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Not that much there although I know they could use a big chunk of money to expand. They need a real aquatic museum in New Smyrna Beach, other towns have them. They do offer great kayak tours and Eco tours but other than that it's fair. I do not loke their location I want to see it near water not... More 

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