On-Foot Tours

Our on-foot tours occur on the shore, at a beachside park, 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 and Live Animal Feeding

Get a glimpse at our resident critters and learn what it takes to care for and feed them.

Rates

$3 per person

Advanced reservations are recommended
but not required.

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.

Saturdays • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Check our online calendar to verify dates/times.

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Bird Walks at IRLPP

Bring your binoculars and come with us to explore avian life in the Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park.

Rates

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

Participants should bring binoculars if possible.

Location:
Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park
663 Sandpiper Ave, New Smyrna Beach

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 2020 Bird Walks will occur Tuesdays beginning January 14 at 8:00am.
Want to know what you might see? Click here for our 2019 annual report of what was spotted!

Bird Walks at MDC

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

Rates

Bird walks at MDC are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required – please call 386.428.4828. Tour is limited to 8 people maximum.

Participants should bring binoculars if possible.

Take a guided exploration 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.

Every Other Wednesday
beginning January 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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!

Rates

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

Meet at Esther Street Beachfront Park, 551 Esther 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”.

The spring 2020 dates are February 5, March 4, and March 25. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park.

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