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Dolphin Discovery Boat EcoTour

Rates

Adults: $29
Seniors: (62+) & Students $26
Family*:  $75
Children**:  $13

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $10 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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Travel the Indian River Lagoon in the comfort of our 40-passenger Discovery pontoon boat and explore the variety of species that call the lagoon home. Your tour guide on the 2-hour journey will be one of our friendly certified Florida naturalists who will share information about the lagoon’s wildlife through narration and hands-on specimens. Dolphins, manatees, wading birds and sea turtles are often seen during these tours. As your captain skillfully navigates the backwaters of the lagoon, you will experience Florida’s natural beauty while learning about conservation efforts to preserve and protect North America’s most biologically diverse estuary. Our vessel is licensed and inspected by the United States Coast Guard.

Dolphin Discovery EcoTours are offered daily (weather permitting).  Check our calendar for dates and times.
Minimum occupancy (8) is required for all tours to depart.

Sunset EcoCruise

Rates

Adults: $29
Seniors: (62+) & Students $26
Family: * $75
Children: ** $13

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $10 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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Join one of our certified Florida naturalists for a special 2-hour evening cruise along the Indian River Lagoon to view the fantastic colors of a Florida sunset. We’ll travel north past sand bars and by the U.S. Coast Guard Station while discussing the Indian River Lagoon and its flora & fauna – all the while scanning the waters and shorelines for birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife. The highlight of the trip will be watching the sun set over Ponce de Leon Inlet with a view of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.

Sunset EcoCruises are offered in the evening except for Fridays* (weather permitting). Times change seasonally; call our office or visit our online calendar for current times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

*Dolphin Lighthouse EcoTours are offered at a similar time on Fridays

Friday Dolphin Lighthouse Tour

Travel north on the Indian River Lagoon for this 
2 hour tour to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and back.

Rates

Adults: $29
Seniors: (62+) & Students $26
Family: * $75
Children: ** $13

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $10 each
** Under 12
Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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Travel north on the Indian River Lagoon for this two-hour tour that cruises under the New Smyrna Beach drawbridge, past sand bars, mangrove shorelines and through Ponce de Leon Inlet to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and back. Guests on this two-hour cruise often see dolphins, manatees, wading birds and sea turtles, which will be discussed by your guide, a certified Florida naturalist. This evening tour also may experience sunsets and roosting shorebirds settling into the mangroves for the night, offering excellent opportunities for photography.

The Dolphin Lighthouse EcoTour is offered on Friday evenings (weather permitting). Times change seasonally. Call the MDC office or visit our online calendar for current times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Specialty Boat Tours

Full Moon EcoTour

Watch the full moon rise from the comfort of our 40-foot pontoon boat, Discovery.

Rates

Adults $29
Seniors (62+) & Students $26
Family* $75
Children** $13

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $20 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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Come out for a spectacular 2-hour evening excursion on the water and watch the full moon rise from the comfort of our 40-foot pontoon boat, Discovery. Let one of our certified Florida naturalists teach you about the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem while you observe mangroves, birds, dolphins and more. As the sun sets and splashes vibrant colors across the sky, sit back and enjoy your view of the beautiful full moon as it rises over the horizon.

The Full Moon EcoTour is offered monthly during the full moon phase (weather permitting). Please call our office or visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Island Adventure EcoTour

This special 3-hour tour will take guests on a journey through the Indian River Lagoon to experience wildlife from the water AND on foot.

Rates

The Island Adventure Ecotour is on hiatus through the summer. We will update the website when we schedule our fall tours.

Adults $39
Seniors (62+) & Students $36
Family* $115
Children** $23

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $20 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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This special 3-hour tour will take guests on a journey through the Indian River Lagoon to experience wildlife from the water AND on foot. Begin your adventure with a boat ecotour narrated by one of our Florida Coastal Naturalists and have the chance to see dolphins, manatees, birds, and other wildlife. Soon you’ll have your chance to disembark onto a favorite local spot, Disappearing Island, where you’ll walk with a certified naturalist to learn more about the native coastal creatures that live in tidal pools, along shorelines and in native plants. Then climb back aboard the boat for a relaxing trip back to the dock.

Activities may include seine netting and dip netting to learn more about fish, crabs and other saltwater species. Guests should wear closed-toe water shoes that can get wet. Guests are also encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, sunscreen and water to drink.

History Mystery Boat Tour

Take a 2-hour cruise through history as our guides introduce you to the city’s past from the comfort of MDC’s 40 passenger boat, “Discovery”.

Rates

The History Mystery Boat Tour is currently on hiatus. We will update the website when we schedule any future tours.

Adults $29
Seniors (62+) & Students $26
Family* $75
Children** $13

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $20 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

 

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Take a cruise through history as our guides introduce you to the city’s colorful, interesting past from the comfort of MDC’s 40 passenger boat, “Discovery”.

Learn how New Smyrna got its name | View the mysterious Old Fort Ruins and Bad Luck Hill | See where famous Union ship commanders met their deaths in an ambush during the Civil War | Find out where Al Capone smuggled bootleg into the city—or did he? | Discover Coronado Beach | Learn how Massacre Bluff got its name | View historic Ponce Inlet where long ago sailors risked death entering the ever-changing waters to get to New Smyrna

The History Mystery Boat Tour is offered on select weekdays each month (weather permitting). Please call our office or visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Winter Birding Boat EcoTour

This special 3-hour tour will take guests on a journey through the Indian River Lagoon to experience birding from the water AND on foot.

Rates

The Winter birding EcoTour is only offered in winter and spring.
Please check back for updates

Adults $39
Seniors (62+) & Students $36
Family* $115
Children** $23

* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12);
additional children $20 each
** Under 12

Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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This special seasonal 3-hour tour on the Discovery boat will leave our dock and head north to Disappearing Island, where birding enthusiasts will disembark and spend two hours exploring this large sand bar, looking for winter migratory birds. Guidance will be offered to less-experienced birders and there will opportunities for novice birders to learn more about birds from highly experienced guests on the trip from local Audubon chapters.

Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars, viewing scopes, cameras, bird guide books, sunscreen and water to drink. Guests will walk the island at their own pace.

Dolphin Discovery Charter

Charter our vessel, Discovery, to fit your needs perfectly.
We can even arrange “Dock & Dine” excursions  to some of our local waterfront restaurants.

Rates

Regular Charter: $500 for 2 hours

Additional Time: $100 per hour

Dock & Dine layover: $50 per hour

All charters include a Coast Guard-certified captain and
certified Florida naturalist/first mate.

Book your private charter today by calling our office at 386.428.4828

Planning a birthday, anniversary or reunion? Is your group eager to learn more about the Indian River Lagoon while cruising on your own private charter?

Charter our vessel, Discovery, and you can choose from our standard cruise packages or let our team work with you to customize an outing which fits your needs perfectly. We can even arrange “Dock & Dine” excursions transporting your group to some of our local waterfront restaurants.

Charters can be arranged on most days, but we encourage advanced booking. Seating is limited to 40 passengers, but could be less if a musician and/or serving table is required. A deposit of 50 percent is required at the time of booking. Our 40-foot pontoon boat is inspected and licensed by the United States Coast Guard.