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The Marine Discovery Center

The mission of the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach is to “protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research, and community stewardship.” Visitors to New Smyrna Beach can do their part by taking one of several tours offered by the MDC. The Guided Kayak Ecotour takes guests through the miles of winding backwater and untouched mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon. No experience is required as a Florida naturalist guide will instruct you both in kayaking and nature interpretation. Those looking for a more leisurely tour should consider the Dolphin Discovery Tour or the Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise. Each tour is a 2 hour trip in a 40-passenger boat navigated by certified Florida Coastal naturalists who will guide you to the secret hideouts of the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins!