Outdoor Discovery

You don’t have to be taking a boat or kayak tour, participating in a naturalist class or public lecture, or attending camp 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)

Butterfly Garden

Explore the beautiful Butterfly Garden, built by the New Smyrna Beach Men’s Garden Club. This landscape features native plants to attract butterflies as well as a relaxing shaded seating area for you butterfly viewing. It also features a cedar pergola built by a local eagle scout!

Nature Playscape

Brand new to MDC, our nature playscape offers kids and adults the perfect play area to explore nature. It is conveniently located near our outdoor seating areas so parents can watch their kids discover amazing while relaxing in the shade.

Archery Range

The Marine Discovery Center archery range features a shaded seating area as well as enough space for five shooting lanes. MDC is partners with Florida Youth Conservation Center Networks (FYCCN) in offering archery programs for youth ages 8-14.This range is not open to the public and may only be used during scheduled events under the supervision of the Education Department

Salt Marsh

A 5-acre restored salt marsh on the Marine Discovery Center property features a nursery full of animals including birds, fish, invertebrates, mangroves, marsh grasses and much more. Explore the marsh and living shoreline demo area through walking trails and educational signs. This site is open to the public 24/7.

Mount Morgan

Continue along the walking path from the salt marsh up Mount Morgan for a wonderful view of New Smyrna Beach and beyond. Listen and look for all sorts of life coming from the surrounding marsh and mangrove forests. You can even spot the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse from the top!

Public Recreation

Recreational activities are permitted on the Marine Discovery property, such as fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, cast netting, dog-walking etc. There is a public kayak launch and fishing site located on the east perimeter of the property. Please follow all signs and posts while using the MDC property for recreational activities.

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