Indoor Exploration

You don’t have to be taking a boat or kayak tour, participating in a naturalist class or public lecture, or attending an education program to enjoy a visit to the Marine Discovery Center. We have those…and so much more!

Admission to our facility & grounds is FREE!
Tours, education programs, and other special events have associated fees.

Our facility hours are:
Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(check our calendar for boat & kayak tour times)

Live Aquariums

Discover some of the amazing animals that live in and near the Indian River Lagoon and coastal ecosystems in our live aquariums. Our aquarium habitats feature animals like fish, snails, urchins, horseshoe crabs, turtles and even a shark! We also feature an observation tank for visitors of all ages to discover and learn about some of our smaller creatures from the Indian River Lagoon.  Get an up close, guided encounter during one of our live animal feedings!


Discover more amazing facts about animals in the Indian River Lagoon and coastal waters through a variety of educational and interactive exhibits, featuring animal specimens such as sea turtles, gopher tortoises, sharks and dolphins! All of our exhibits are free and open to the public during operating hours (although the classroom portion of our exhibits may be closed to the public when camps/classes are in session).  On Saturdays we offer a $3 guided exhibit tour & live animal feeding

Gift Shop

Shop in our MDC gift shop, featuring local and environmentally conscious products. There is plenty to choose from for all ages, including Marine Discovery Center merchandise, with new items being added each month. All proceeds go back to support MDC’s facility and programs.

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