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Marine Discovery Center

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Closes in 19 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Marine Discovery Center
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520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
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All reviews kayak tour the indian river lagoon master naturalist dolphin boat sea creatures gift shop native birds oyster beds interesting exhibits summer camp great boat hermit crabs hour cruise oysters spend an afternoon all ages saw dolphins
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in and were appalled by the captivity conditions for the animals there. There were a bunch of teenagers milling around without any real purpose. No staff seemed interested in talking to us. I'd rate this at a ZERO is the ratings would go...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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MarineDiscoveryNSB, Public Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're sorry you feel this way. As a non-profit with a mission to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon, we pride ourselves in a high quality guest experience and appreciate your feedback. While we disagree with some of your observations, we certainly will check...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018

We did a 2 hour I colony tour in kayaks. Kayaks are a super way to be in the environment rather than just on the road due of it. Our guide, Lisa, was excellent - knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and she even threw in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Very interesting place located on the river off the north causeway. Kayak tours, classrooms, gift shop of locally made products. Open daily including Saturday, every visitor should take time to visit and learn about sensitive ecology of this area. L

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Edwinkie
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Stopped by on a day when nothing was going on. There were a few live fish exhibits and some fossils and skeletons in the classroom plus a gift shop and lot's of info on the area via brochures and very informative personnel. There was nothing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank maya331
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Full two hour visit , great for Adults and kids very informative. Our tour guide was great and answered all questions.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

We had family in town and took the kayak tour with Lisa. It was fantastic! I am a master naturalist but learned so much on this trip. Being so close to the rookeries and mangroves is the difference between riding through a town and walking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Our older daughter has attended multiple summer camps over the past several years. This year her little sister attended her first camp, she had a blast. She kept telling us about the friends she made and how nice the staff was. They are both looking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

I took my two teen nephews to the center to just get out of the house this summer and it was better than we expected! We did the $2 tour/feed where our guide, a Stetson student, was full of interesting information on the sea life!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mary C
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

We take our kids to the classes they put on there. The kids have a blast! Yesterday they learned about fiddler crabs. Then they made a cool craft. After that they went down into the marsh area and caught them. The kids loved running around...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kkhappl
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Estuary tour a great experience for young and old. Hands on a way to learn and remember! Our guide and captain were excellent!

Date of experience: April 2018
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15 January 2015|
Response from TraciMDC | Property representative |
Wow, I am so sorry I didn't get back to you before your visit. This is a new feature for me, so it caught me off guard. We have various kayak tours which run every day of the week. Most are 2 hours long and leave from our... More