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Marine Discovery Center

#3 of 97 things to do in New Smyrna Beach Features Animals
520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
+1 386-428-4828
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New Butterfly Garden

We return here from time to time as they are always adding new things. The boat tour must be... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Great for toddlers to seniors

Have gone out in their kayak tours twice. The narrator is well educated and extremely knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
+1 386-428-4828
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

We return here from time to time as they are always adding new things. The boat tour must be reserved in advance. Next time we will. They have done great things with shoreline restoration. Their new butterfly garden is gorgeous. We loved looking at the...More

Thank BonnieLassie116
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Have gone out in their kayak tours twice. The narrator is well educated and extremely knowledgeable about the area. She answered any questions that we all had and told us do many interesting facts. Tour goes at your own pace but we had no trouble...More

Thank LyndaAskewfungrandma
Reviewed 18 August 2016

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
Reviewed 16 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank AMMc15
Reviewed 7 August 2016

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
Reviewed 6 August 2016

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...More

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 3 August 2016

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...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 29 July 2016

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...More

Thank Diane T
Reviewed 29 July 2016

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
Reviewed 28 July 2016

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
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I would like to know where the kayaking tour starts from and length of tour. I am flying in so will need to rent a kayak for this adventure. We have kayaked gentle waters so am curious to the skill level needed. Of course if attraction staff can provide costs that would be helpful as well. Arriving in New Smyrna on Wed Jan 28 .29.30.31. Mother with 33 year old daughter so all ideas of activities appreciated. Thanks in advance
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