We invite you to explore one of Florida’s natural treasures with Marine Discovery Center by booking a spot on one of our guided ecotours. You can kayak the waters of New Smyrna Beach, or relax on our pontoon boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon. We also offer walking tours where you can learn about Florida’s local flora and fauna, as well as Florida’s migratory and local birds.
Many of our ecotour guests are surprised to learn that the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, some of which are endangered or threatened and some that are found here and nowhere else on earth. Mangrove trees line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase schools of baitfish, and manatees charm us with their slow-moving, gentle ways as they swim with their newborns. Numerous species of fish live in the Indian River Lagoon, including mullet that leap from the water and the predators that savor them such as saltwater trout and redfish.
Discover Amazing as you experience the Indian River Lagoon with MDC by land or water …
each outing is a new adventure as the estuary reveals its seasonal treasures.
"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."