As we near the end of 2020, our mission is more important than ever and our love and appreciation for Nature is even stronger.

More than half of the world’s GDP depends on the natural world and for every $1 we spend on nature restoration, we see a minimum of a $9 economic benefit. We ask you to help us continue connecting children and adults to the natural world. And we want you to know that your contributions make a BIG difference! With as little as $10, you can help positively shape our educational offerings, conservation work, events and and make an impact on someone’s life.

Learn more about our end-of-year appeal or donate now!

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Enjoy these special tour offers this month at MDC


Volusia County Firefighter Appreciation Month
Firefighters in Volusia County boat FREE during November

Use promo code FIRE when booking online
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5 Off Website Special
Enjoy $5 off any MDC Boat or Kayak Tour through December 2020

Use promo code MDCFALL5 when booking online
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BOGO Boat Weekends | Nov 7-8 and 21-22
Buy One Get One 50% off Adult Boat Fare

Use promo code BOGO50 when booking online
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Kids Boat FREE Weekends | Nov 14-15 and 28-29
Kids Boat Free with Paying Adult

Use promo code CBFree when booking online
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The Marine Discovery Center has spent over 20 years informing and educating citizens and guests about the amazing biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon.

Tagged as the most biologically diverse estuary in North America, the Indian River Lagoon boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast — providing countless ways to engage the public. Programs at MDC for all ages are designed to offer hands-on, feet-wet learning opportunities through classes, camps, lectures, boat and kayak eco-tours with certified naturalists and teachers.

We invite you to learn more about all we have to offer.

Exploration | Conservation | Education

COVID Notice
Currently we are open for our normal operating hours, offering boat tours and kayak tours with limited capacity, and taking extra precautions to keep our staff and guests safe. We also are into an exciting fall season of Education Programs! We invite you to Discover Amazing with us as we work to gain a sense of normalcy in a vastly different world.

Marine Discovery Center News & Announcements

Basic Tips For Better Birding

Basic Tips For Better Birding

By Lisa D. Mickey Birds have a way of sending you back to your field guide, especially when winter migrants start soaring into Florida, landing on the pond behind your house and making you wonder exactly which bird you are seeing out your back door. That has been...

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Marine Discovery Center Videos

"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."