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“Dolphin Delight!”

Marine Discovery Center
Reviewed January 8, 2012

Our eco tour was scheduled for 3:30 and, because of the new location of the main headquarters, we arrived around 3 PM, paid and looked at the start of the what will be a nice exhibit given some time. The pontoon boat used for our tour was about 5 blocks away and we had Lou and (perhaps?) Scott as our naturalist and our pilot. We had about 13 on our tour. The minimum to go out is 10 so do not assume a trip will take place! I would say the pontoon will max out at around 35.
The pontoon is very stable, and the speed is slow and smooth. Upon leaving the dock we went a few hundred yards to two small islands that are nesting areas for pelicans – of which there were probably 100 resting on trees – with a few other herons, egrets, etc. mixed in. None seemed concerned with our close approach.
Lou did a nice job discussing nesting habits and an overview of the various birds we saw. Upon leaving these islands we traveled up the river to area with no homes and few boats. They asked us to alert them if we saw dolphins – and we did - but it quickly became apparent that this was not necessary as we saw literally hundreds of dolphins both near and far during the two our trip. After probably hundreds of similar trips, our pilot seemed truly delighted to bring us up close to the dolphins, and he was very good!
Lou was prepared to answer our many questions and we saw Osprey and many other wading birds. Apparently in the summer it is not unusual to see Manatee but we were there in cooler weather. I asked and was told that in almost every trip they were assured of seeing dolphins. I think the price was about $25 per person - less for seniors. I think it was money well spent.
A nice experience with good guides and professional approach. Nicely done!

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

The discovery centre is an old high school and they are setting up displays. They have a nice gift shop. You get your tickets for the boat ride there. We went early to check things out and were not told that the boat leaves from another area, and the lady was quiet surprised when we asked were we needed to be. . We almost mist the boat. The trip was very informative and we enjoyed it. I do recommend the trip, just beware the location.

2  Thank Elisabetd
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

We chose this place kind of on a whim. Living in Orlando, New Smyrna is about an hour away. We wanted a staycation kind of deal, where we could do all of the things we wanted to do on a vacation but still be able to go home at the end of the day. This was the perfect thing! Marily checked us in and gave us our life jackets, and Mark took our kayaks down and showed us exactly what to do. He reassured us that while we would get water in our kayaks and we would hit one another, we would not tip. And we didn't!! We were both first-timers, by the way.

Anyway, we took the one hour route on the map we were given but we took our time and it took about an hour and a half. We saw lots of cool things, including two manatees!! I highly recommend this activity and this place to anyone. We will be back. Marilyn even bandaged me up after I had a small cut on my hand. This was everything I expected and then some. Thanks guys!

9  Thank NBraddock
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

If you have never kayaked, I highly recommend a kayak tour through the Marine Discovery Center. The guides are very knowledgable and watchful of the group. I took my 15-year-old niece who was terrified she was going to be eaten by a shark. After a guide took the time to show her how difficult it was to tip a kayak, she relaxed and was leading the group by the end of the tour!! Wonderful experience.

10  Thank roadwarrior106
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