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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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Terrific visit to learn about the Florida coastline wildlife.

Marine Discovery Center is staffed by very knowledgeable personnel who work well with adults and children. MDS sponsors a variety of activities. A visit to the website is worth... read more

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Marine Discovery Center is staffed by very knowledgeable personnel who work well with adults and children. MDS sponsors a variety of activities. A visit to the website is worth your time. to view all that is available.

Thank paraiso47
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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146 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The two hour pontoon boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon was well worth the price with both a naturalist and a well informed boat captain pointing out marine and wildlife while giving a running commentary on the sightings. Even though we live here and have been on a lagoon boat tour previously, we learned a great deal (and saw... More 

Thank Bonbear
Waycross, Georgia
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I vacationed in New Smyrna Beach last year and looking for something different tp do, we came upon Marine Discovery Center. This is really a cool thing to do for a couple hours in the afternoon. You cruise around in a boat in the intercoastal waters and learn about local marine life, plants and learn some things... More 

Thank shadieplace
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

great trip around the islands and the ICW. You get to see different birds, water foul, and as always the dolphins.

Thank hiregun
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing 2 hour pontoon ride on the Indian River and the lagoon. Lisa was the guide and provided insightful information about the environment marine, avian and vegetation This should be a go to if you visit New Smyrna Beach

Thank Nicole L
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54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I had not visited this attraction in years, but went this past summer. The day we went was incredibly hot, so the shaded park and walkways were a welcomed relief. I went with a young teen anticipating she might get bored, Not so! She enjoyed everything about the visit--even the great gift shop. Want a few hours away from the... More 

Thank BambiWolcott
Leesport, Pennsylvania
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174 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The center itself is not much to see, but it is the place you must register for their boat trips. We found the trip to be very worth while. They really tried to make sure we saw all the wild life that there was in the area including many,many dolphins. It was not just a "sightseeing" trip, but a very... More 

Thank Philip W
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We really enjoyed our time on the boat - our tour person was very informative. We saw many types of birds & dolphins

Thank wfwood
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68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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