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Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
Phone Number:
+1 386-428-4828
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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I really enjoyed visiting the Marine Discovery Center.. It is small. The staff is friendly and open to questions. It was a fun interesting outing. Takes only a few minutes

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoyed visiting the Marine Discovery Center.. It is small. The staff is friendly and open to questions. It was a fun interesting outing. Takes only a few minutes

Thank R W
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55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went on the 2 hour guided kayak tour that leaves at 10 am. Very relaxing and enjoyable. I was the only one signed up for that timeslot, so I got a private tour. The gentlemen that was the guide was great. Very knowledgeable about the local plant, bird, and sea life. This was only my second time in a... More 

Thank 07Yankees07
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Marine Discovery Center, especially our guide Lisa, gave us a delightful 2 hour cruise in time to see the full moon rise just as we reached the mouth of the estuary. The captain anchored the boat for about a half hour so we could enjoy all the sites by moonlight - Ponce lighthouse was lighted and the dolphin were out... More 

Thank Ann G
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140 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked the Center itself. 6 of us paid $25/each to go on their Dolphin Discovery Tour. Captain left the dock at 1:25pm and by 1:29pm had us STUCK on the Sandbar in front of Pelican Island, stinking up a storm. After sending us fore and aft for about 1/2 hour, finally a passenger suggested we all get on the... More 

Thank Lemmonj123
Orlando, Florida
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357 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a "must do" when you visit New Smyrna Beach. Warren took us on a wonderful paddle around the local mangrove swamps and educated us about the history and ecology of the area. It was a comfortable pace that accommodated everyone in our small group. We saw lots of shore birds, a horse conch, an eagle and an alligator... More 

Thank TheOranges
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

Thank Melissa15126
Danville, Indiana
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211 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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 

Miami, Florida
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190 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 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!

Thank Tom S
Oak Park, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 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 

Thank Mary F
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 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 

Thank Sheri S

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