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Marine Discovery Center

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

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Telford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the tanks of sea life, especially the sea horses, they were happy for me to take photographs. There are boat trips or kayak tours to see the dolphins, walks and bird walks from the venue. A coffeehouse would be great there, but that said it's well worth a visit. Free Entry to the centre, charges for the boat... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Went to Right Whale Lecture last week. Very interesting and informative! Love that they are so involved in letting the people know about the marine life, that is around us. Will be taking my grandson there, when comes down for their programs.

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Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a small center. Don't go expecting SeaWorld or something similar. It gives you a nice look into the local marine life and they do offer boat tours. We did not do the boat tour because of limited time, but really enjoyed the center and gift shop. The ladies at the front desk were fabulous, wish I had their... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It was a really relaxing boat trip on a pontoon , not crowded and had a good seat . Very educational and lots of dolphins , and other wildlife. Most important was supporting a conservation group to protect the Volusia co estuaries and river! I will go again this time with other family members and kids.

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Tavares, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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