On-Foot Tours

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.

Stay tuned!

Exhibit Tour & Live Animal Feeding
Exhibit Tour & Live Animal Feeding

$3 per person
Space is limited; advanced reservations are recommended

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Saturdays • 11:00 – 11:45 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 45-minute 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. You will also have the opportunity to get your hands wet in our interactive touch tank experience.*

*Please note that due to the increased hand-sanitizer usage going on right now our exhibit tanks will be observation-only (no touching) until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Bird Walks at IRLPP
Bird Walks at IRLPP

Bird walks are FREE and open to the public.
No reservations are required

Tuesdays • 8:00 am  Want to know what you might see? Click here for our 2019 annual report of what was spotted!

Bring your binoculars and come with us to explore avian life in the beautiful Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park. Each January through April* MDC volunteer and bird aficionado Don Chalfant leads guests on a trek through the park to search for and observe a wide variety of avian life including herons, egrets, pelicans, hawks, eagles, kingfishers and many more! Participants should bring binoculars if possible.

*Due to concerns over COVID-19, these tours have been suspended through March. April dates currently are pending.

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

Bird Walks at MDC
Bird Walks at MDC

Bird walks at MDC are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required.
Tour is limited to 8 people maximum.

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Twice a month on Wednesdays • 9:00 am  Please visit our online calendar to verify dates/times.

Bring your binoculars and come with us to explore avian life right here on the MDC property! 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.

Walking the Wrack at Esther St.
Walking the Wrack at Esther St.

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

The remainder of the Spring 2020 dates have been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19. Please revisit this page for updates when the city schedules their next set of programs.

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”.

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