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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Great Kayak Tour!

MDC has a wonderful guided kayak tour that we have taken several times over the past few years. Went again this December. Guide was just fantastic, very knowledgeable about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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68 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The exhibits are definitely limited, but there is a sincere effort to help visitors understand the environment and wildlife of this part of Florida.

Thank Margaret C
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

MDC has a wonderful guided kayak tour that we have taken several times over the past few years. Went again this December. Guide was just fantastic, very knowledgeable about the area, history, birds, aquatic life, etc We took a different route than the last time (maybe because of the tide?) and were able to get to the open harbor where... More 

Thank Lawonridge
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an enjoyable visit by my wife and I. The volunteer spent a lot of time with us explaining the exhibits and where to see other interesting things on display there. We then talked with another volunteer who was feeding the large fish. They are working on enlarging the facility.

Thank johnschu57
NewSmyrnaBeach, United States
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68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a great place to while away on a rainy day. Lots of info about local marine life. They also have a boat ride on inter coastal and can learn more, but it costs about $20. Admission is free.

1 Thank Jeff A
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Taking one of their sunset cruises on the pontoon boat several years ago, made my husband decide to retire that year and 3 years later, we moved to NSB! Becoming members of this fine organization has made us aware of many wonderful experiences offered by MDC: Florida Naturalists Classes, kayaking, camps for children, oyster bed restoration, nature walks, mollusk walks... More 

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Run by volunteers... well worth the visit if you want to learn about the aquatic life of the area. It was quiet when we went and we were shown round by one of the staff.

Thank Weedsatdenstone
Newport, NC
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103 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Two marvelous hours on the water with all the birds, fish and dolphins you could ask for - our guide Traci and boat Captain Scott were the best. He even knows how to talk to Osprey. They were knowledgeable, entertaining, informative and gave us a great "ride". We were on the 2 hour dolphin excursion and there is a charge... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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204 reviews
117 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

The People that work in the Marine Discovery place are very well informed of everything that is related to marine life. I learned a lot from all the information they gave to me. The gift store has very cool things and also some live marine animals like shark, lobster,fishes,hermit crabs etc. It is a great place for kids. If you... More 

Thank MariaCFC
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This facility has two area with small sea animals to view. Good for children. They mainly work on preservation of the surrounding lagoon and also track the sea turtle population during their season of laying eggs. Nice gift shop. Free

Thank labs7
Newland, North Carolina
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My daughter and I went on a guided kayak tour with Lisa. We had a wonderful time from start to finish. All the employees were very informative, and really have a fun way of sharing their knowledge. You can tell they love what they do, which is a refreshing thing to see! They are doing amazing things for the local... More 

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