Boat Tours

All boat and kayak tours have been cancelled until further notice.
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Daily Boat Tours

Specialty Boat Tours

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Daily Boat Tours

Minimum occupancy of 8 people is required for all tours to depart. All tours are weather permitting. Schedules are subject to change; please check our calendar for updated dates and times. MDC Members receive a 10 percent discount on most tours.

*Family rate is 2 adults and 2 children (under 12)

 

Dolphin Discovery Tour
Dolphin Discovery Tour

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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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.

This tour is offered daily (weather permitting). Please check our online calendar to confirm dates/times.
Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Sunset Eco Cruise
Sunset Eco Cruise

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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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.

This tour is offered 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 Cruise
Friday Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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Travel north on the Indian River Lagoon for this 2-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 2-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.

This tour is offered offered Friday* evenings (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.

*Sunset Eco Cruises are offered at the same time all other evenings.

Specialty Boat Tours & Charters

Minimum occupancy of 8 people is required for all tours to depart. All tours are weather permitting. Schedules are subject to change; please check our calendar for updated dates and times. MDC Members receive a 10 percent discount on most tours.

*Family rate is 2 adults and 2 children (under 12)

 

Full Moon Boat Tour
Full Moon Boat Tour

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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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.

This tour is offered offered monthly during the full moon phase (weather permitting). Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

A Full Moon Kayak Tour is offered on the same dates/times.

NSB History Mystery Boat Tour
NSB History Mystery Boat Tour

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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Take a 2-hour cruise into history as our guides introduce you to the city’s colorful, interesting past from the comfort of MDC’s 40 passenger boat, “Discovery”. We’ll take a look back through time and discover the colonial origins of New Smyrna, discuss interesting landmarks like Old Fort Ruins, learn about the Timucuans who originally inhabited this land, touch on important moments in history like the Civil War and Prohibition, and much more!

This tour typically is offered once a month. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Know What's Below Boat Tour
Know What's Below Boat Tour

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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From plankton to plastics, this 2-hour excursion will give you a glimpse of what lies below the surface of the Indian River Lagoon. Join a naturalist and learn all about what swims, floats, sinks, and drifts in this in-depth exploration of the Indian River Lagoon. Discover what’s below the surface as our guide leads guests on a scientific journey to take a closer look at pollution, phytoplankton, and plastics. Become a scientist as you take a look into a microscope to better understand the unseen world around us.

This tour typically is offered once a month. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Creature Connections Boat Tour
Creature Connections Boat Tour

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

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Venture out with the crew of Discovery for a 2-hour ecotour of the lagoon. During the tour, we will drop a trawl net* and bring aboard a variety of species for guests to view up close. This interactive, hands-on tour will be led by one of our certified naturalists who will share lots of interesting and fun facts about the creatures you meet. It won’t be long before you begin to see how these creatures are connected to each other… and to us. Come prepared to experience the lagoon in a new way!

This tour typically is offered once a month. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

*Trawl netting is conducted under FWC permit.

Rookery Island Camera Cruise
Rookery Island Camera Cruise

Adults: $30 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $27
Family*: $80 | Children under 12: $15

Please call 386.428.4828 to book this tour.

Grab your cameras, lenses, and tripods and join us for a wonderful adventure to the famous bird rookery islands here in New Smyrna. The birds are breeding and the islands are popping with new chicks, and this is your chance to get the best views and photo ops. This 2-hour tour will leave the docks and head straight to the rookeries where we will maneuver the boat to view and photograph the islands from all angles. All guests will get an opportunity to set up their camera gear and shoot from the front deck of the boat.

This tour typically is offered once a month during the nesting season. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Disappearing Island Adventure Tour
Disappearing Island Adventure Tour

Adults: $40 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $37
Family*: $110 | Children under 12: $22

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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.

This tour typically is offered once a month but goes on hiatus in summer. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Winter Birding Tour
Winter Birding Tour

Adults: $40 | Seniors (62+) & Students: $37
Family*: $110 | Children under 12: $22

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

This tour is offered once a month January through April. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Dock and Dine Tour
Dock and Dine Tour

Rates vary depending on restaurant location. Please call 386.428.4828 for price details.

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Come out with MDC for a wonderful Dock and Dine experience that showcases the best New Smyrna Beach has to offer! We’ll leave a specified dock for an ecotour led by a Florida Coastal Naturalist to search for amazing Indian River Lagoon wildlife, and then we’ll drop you off at one of our wonderful local restaurants for lunch on your own.

Prices vary depending on restaurant. Please call us at 386.428.4828 to verify prices for our next tour. Price includes boat trip only; lunch is the responsibility of the guest.

This tour typically is offered once a month. Please visit our online calendar for upcoming dates/times. Minimum occupancy (8) is required for tour to depart.

Dolphin Discovery Charter
Dolphin Discovery Charter

Regular Charter: $600 for 2 hours | Additional Time: $100 per hour
Dock & Dine layover: Inquire for rates

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

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