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Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
Phone Number: 386-428-4828
9:00 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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Swimming with the Fishes

Be sure to go on a fair day to enjoy the sunshine and the water with all the local habitat. Plenty to see and enjoy. Dolphins and turtles and fish abound with lots of birds. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Michael E
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be sure to go on a fair day to enjoy the sunshine and the water with all the local habitat. Plenty to see and enjoy. Dolphins and turtles and fish abound with lots of birds. A very enjoyable relaxing time.

Thank Michael E
Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the dolphin boat tour; saw lots of birds, many dolphins and one manatee. Guide was excellent and knew her stuff. Only problem was the crying baby on board - MDC really should have a minimum age for this 2-hour trip out on the river on a hot, hot day.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the boat trip which was educational and very enjoyable. The Captain will go where there is something of interest - we followed dolphins and went in search of a manatee that had been sighted in the canal. Excellent value for money!

Thank jandjmayo2015
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an inexpensive and informative adventure. Our kids loved it. The center is well designed and very neat. The touch tanks were cool, and we learned alot. They have a large variety of animals for a not very large center. We actually got to see them fixing a tortis's shell. The center was cool.

Thank Peter P
Fishers, Indiana
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family (kids ages 6 and 2) took the Dolphin Discovery Boat Tour and had a great time! Our guide was very knowledgeable and interactive as our Captain provided us with a smooth ride and great vantage points. The 2 hour tour was quite educational and relaxing with the covered pontoon and cool breeze. While we didn't get to see... More 

Thank Matt M
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic way to experience the unique flora and fauna of the estuaries and inter-coastal waterways of New Smyrna Beach. Our relaxing two hour Dolphin discovery Tour offered a knowledgeable Naturalist (Charity) who narrated our well navigated 2 hour adventure. She kept everyone engaged with explanations of FL wildlife and their habitats. The marine specimens that were brought on board were... More 

Thank Diane T
Oviedo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Dolphin boat ride was informative & very enjoyable. Can't wait to take other visitors on it. It's a 2 hour ride, complete with dolphins.

Thank Dorothy W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in, and spent about an hour looking at the marine exhibits and species in the various aquariums. We learned a lot about the things living in the intra-coastal waterway in & around NSB. when our Grandchildren visited us, we knew they woul

Thank Dave R
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here to check in for the Dolphin Discovery Cruise. While here we were treated to an explanation of each of the living exhibits. We four are seniors with aggregate advanced education of 30+ years, and boy did we learn a number of new things about a variety of sea creatures. The 2 hour dolphin cruise was most excellent and... More 

Thank Peyecat
DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

If you are in the New Smryna Beach area and wish to understand the estuaries and intercoastal waterways (Not built by the Army Corp of Engineers) then a tour of the Mosquito Lagoon (Indian River) with the excellent Master Naturalists located at the Marine Discovery Center. My wife, daughter and I enjoyed a great day seeing up close the system... More 

Thank Dana H

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