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Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
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+1 386-428-4828
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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So many things to do! You can go on a boat tour of new Smyrna beach. They are very in depth and informative. I have lived here for 20+ years and they definitely taught me a lot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Melissa15126
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So many things to do! You can go on a boat tour of new Smyrna beach. They are very in depth and informative. I have lived here for 20+ years and they definitely taught me a lot. You can also hang out at the discovery center and see turtles that are being healed to be released stingrays and all sorts... More 

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Thank Melissa15126
Danville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grandson and I stumbled across this and enjoyed it. They are in process of adding a lot of neat things, play area and more. Right now they have a small facility, but really neat to learn from. They have a couple of sharks, some fish, snails, and crabs. We came back the next day and did the boat ride.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

First time here. We did a kayak run in the Indian River lagoon. Charity was our guide and she was awesome. We went on a night the moon was the brightest. It was super chill to kayak through the lagoon and watch the moon rise!

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Thank Tom S
Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We took both a kayaking tour of the lagoon and a pontoon boat tour while on vacation in the area. Very satisfied with both! Guides were very knowledgeable and were clearly very passionate about the area. Really loved to see the restoration work that they're doing, and learn the story behind it because as northerners, we really didn't know that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

MDC is wonderful the staff is so enterjetic and love what they do. Our son when to the Guy Harvy summer camp and had an amazing experience, as a parent I was so impressed on how organized the staff was the kept the kids busy all day and he learned so much from the staff, he wants to come back... More 

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Northbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

We had a great time on our dolphin tour today. Everyone at the Marine Discovery Center was extremely polite and friendly. Our guide, Charity was very knowledgable. It is an absolutely amazing experience. We saw a ton of dolphins. She was able to provide us information on all the various birds and trees as well as other wildlife. She was... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The speaker was very knowledgeable regarding birds and marine life. Identified every bird. Captain of boat made sure we went close to see birds and dolfins.Good few hours out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Great place to take children and learn about our local eco-system. Free and plenty of sea creatures to pet. They sell river tours there which aren't badly priced and lasts a good amount of time.

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Thank Jaymes P
Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

The Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach has a nice shop, exhibits, kayak and boat tours and service activities. It is a good resource and I learn something every time I go. We have been on two of the boat cruises and plan to try a few kayak tours in the near future. Very knowledgeable guides who give you... More 

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Rushville Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Went on the afternoon Dolphin Discovery Cruise. Very friendly and educated crew. Charity had many informational and interesting facts and stories to share. Captain Guy was good at spotting Dolphins. We saw Dolphins before we even left the dock.

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