Walking Tours

Live Feeding and Exploration Tour


Cost: Full 90-minute experience: $5/person | Live Feeding only (approximately 45 minutes): $3/person

Tours are held on weekdays*. Please check our online calendar or call 386.428.4828 to confirm upcoming dates/times.
*Tours will be on hiatus beginning August 19 and will resume with a new schedule on September 9.

Space is limited. Call ahead and preregister to guarantee your spot or…

For more information or to book a private tour for your group, call 386.428.4828 or email Logan at logan@marinediscoverycenter.org

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Join us for a 90-minute guided tour of our exhibit area, native gardens and restored salt marsh. Experience first-hand some of the wonderful creatures from the Indian River Lagoon and beyond.

During the first 45 minutes, you will learn about our local waters and marine life as your tour guide feeds some of our resident animals. You will then be led outside to our native wildflower and butterfly gardens and learn about the importance of native plants and pollinators on your way down the nature trail to the restored salt marsh and living shoreline demonstration area. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the views as you learn about the native flora and fauna of this unique marsh habitat. At the end of the tour, you will also have the opportunity to get your hands wet in our interactive touch tank experience.

Bird Walk EcoTour


  • Bird walks are FREE and open to the public
  • No reservations are required
  • Participants should bring binoculars if possible.

Each January through April MDC volunteer and bird aficionado Don Chalfant leads guests on a trek through the beautiful Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park to search for and observe a wide variety of avian life including herons, egrets, pelicans, hawks, eagles, kingfishers and many more!

Our 2019 bird walks are now complete. Click here for our 2019 annual report of what was spotted!

Walking the Wrack

Take a morning stroll along the beach with MDC educators and find out what’s washed up in the weeds and hiding in the sand!


The Spring 2019 sessions are now over. Please keep checking back for any new dates

This program is FREE and open to the public; no reservations required.

Meet at Esther Street Beachfront Park, 551 Ester Street in New Smyrna Beach, 32169

Take a morning stroll along the beach with MDC educators and find out what’s washed up in the weeds and hiding in the sand!  This monthly exploration is part of the City of New Smyrna Beach’s Island Education Program called “Get to Know Your Island”.