Our on-foot tours occur on the shore, at two beachside parks, and right inside our own lobby. Additional tour options are coming in the future and will include our gardens and other features of our site.
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:
• Limited capacity on all tours
• Increased sanitation of all high touch areas (boat, kayaks, outdoor seating areas, and indoor facilities)
• Temperature checks for staff, volunteers, & guests
• All staff and volunteers will wear masks while inside our facility; boat and kayak staff also will wear masks when helping people board and when social distancing cannot safely be maintained. Guests are required to wear masks while inside our facility and when social distancing cannot safely be maintained.
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays • 11:00 a.m. Check our online calendar to verify dates/times.
Get a glimpse at our resident critters and learn what it takes to care for and feed them! Join us for a private guided tour of our exhibit area and experience first-hand some of the wonderful creatures from the Indian River Lagoon and beyond. You will learn about our local waters and marine life as your tour guide feeds some of our resident animals.
Wednesdays beginning January 13 • 9:00 a.m.
Bring your binoculars and come with us to explore avian life right here on the MDC property during late winter and early spring! Take a guided exploration with MDC volunteer Don Chalfant at Marine Discovery Center to search for pelicans, egrets, herons, ospreys, eagles, songbirds, and more during our new MDC Bird Walks. See what you can find flying, wading, and feeding in our restored salt marsh, search for what’s hiding and hopping in the native plants throughout the property, and take in a bird’s eye view from atop Mt. Morgan.
Participants should bring binoculars if possible.
COVID notice: Face coverings will be required both indoors and outdoors while on this tour. No equipment sharing (binoculars, spotting, scopes, field guides, etc) will be permitted.
Living Beaches at Esther St.
This program is offered seasonally and is FREE and open to the public; no reservations required.
Held on the following Wednesdays in 2021: 1/13, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24 • 9:00 a.m.
Our beaches are abundant with life. Join the Marine Discovery Center for a stroll along our beautiful beaches to explore the fascinating stories of the creatures, big and small, that call New Smyrna Beach home. Activities may include beachcombing, marine debris investigations, beach sand explorations, and seine netting. This monthly exploration is part of the City of New Smyrna Beach’s Island Education Program called “Get to Know Your Island”.
Participants meet at 551 Esther Street, NSB.
"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."