Kayak Tours

 

Kayak Tours this Summer

You must book in advance online or over the phone at 386.428.4828. Please check our online calendar to confirm dates/times.

MDC is offering two options for payment. You are welcome to come to the MDC Welcome Center to pay prior to your tour and experience our exhibit area, or if you are more comfortable paying online and meeting your guide outside our front door* are welcome to do that. We understand everyone is still dealing with their own person comfort level and we respect your choice. 

For those taking the Browns Bay Guided Kayak Tour, the tour leaves from a location separate from our site. If you wish to pay in person, you will need to do so early enough to allow time to get to the site at 700 Sandpiper St; we advise you to pay the day prior to the tour if possible.

Due to COVID 19, Marine Discovery Center (MDC) has taken precautionary steps to ensure the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers. These steps include the following:

• Limiting capacity on all tours
• Increased sanitation of all high touch areas (boat, kayaks, outdoor seating areas, and indoor facilities
• Temperature checks for staff
• Face Masks: All staff and volunteers will wear masks while inside our facility when interacting directly with guests. Boat and kayak staff also will wear masks when helping people board and when social distancing cannot safely be maintained. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks while inside our facility.

Daily Kayak Tours

Specialty Kayak Tours

Daily Kayak EcoTours

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.

 

Guided Kayak Eco Tour
Guided Kayak Eco Tour

Adults: $40 | Children 6-12: $22, must be in a tandem kayak with an adult
Your Own Kayak: $22

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Paddle the backwaters of the Indian River Lagoon on our 2- hour Guided Kayak EcoTour. Join one of our certified Florida naturalists for a fascinating exploration through mangroves, salt marshes, oyster reefs and more. Scan the water for dolphins and manatees, watch the shorelines and the skies for a variety of birds and learn about the distinctive salt-water plant life that thrives in the lagoon. Paddling a kayak offers a gentle way to view wildlife up close and to learn about the importance of an estuary. Basic kayak instruction and nature interpretation are included with each tour, as well as all necessary equipment. These tours are designed for all levels of paddlers with no experience required.

Guided kayak tours depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Kayak tour reservations must be made at least a day in advance. All tours are weather permitting. Schedule subject to change; please visit our online calendar to verify dates/times.

All kayak participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Participants are advised to bring water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat), bug spray, and a camera if desired.

Browns Bay Guided Kayak Eco Tour
Browns Bay Guided Kayak Eco Tour

Adults: $40 | Children 6-12: $22, must be in a tandem kayak with an adult
Your Own Kayak: $22

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Explore the Indian River Lagoon with one of our certified Florida naturalists on the Browns Bay Guided Kayak EcoTour. We offer 2-hour tours of this area with a chance to observe dolphins, manatees, wading birds, oyster reefs and a variety of salt-water plant life. Kayak instruction and nature interpretation are included with each tour, as well as all necessary equipment. These tours are designed for all levels of paddlers with no experience required.

Browns Bay tours currently depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Kayak tour reservations must be made at least a day in advance. All tours are weather permitting. Schedule subject to change; please visit our online calendar to verify dates/times.

These tours depart from Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, located beachside in New Smyrna Beach off Saxon Avenue, 700 Sandpiper St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169.

All kayak participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Participants are advised to bring water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat), bug spray, and a camera if desired.

Specialty Kayak EcoTours

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.

 

Full Moon Kayak Tour
Full Moon Kayak Tour

Adults: $40 | Children 6-12: $22, must be in a tandem kayak with an adult
Your Own Kayak: $22

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Join one of our certified Florida naturalists for a special evening guided kayak tour on our Sunset Full Moon EcoPaddle. These 1½-hour tours coincide with full moons and give participants the opportunity to paddle our local waters as the sun sinks below the mangrove trees and moonlight fills the sky. Guests may climb the observation mound adjacent to the MDC kayak launch for a better view of the rising moon. Kayak instruction and nature interpretation are included with each tour, as well as all necessary equipment. These tours are designed for all levels of paddlers with no experience required.

This tour is offered monthly during the full moon phase. Kayak tour reservations must be made at least a day in advance. All tours are weather permitting. Please visit our online calendar to verify dates/times.

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

All kayak participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Participants are advised to bring water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat), bug spray, and a camera if desired.

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