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.
Exhibit Tours this Summer
During the month of June, we are offering private exhibit & feeding tours for up to 8 people on Sundays.
Please check our online calendar to confirm dates/times.
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.
Please note that the tours above are the only walking tours available during the summer. All of our tours below are not available at this time.
Exhibit Tour & Live Animal Feeding
$3 per person
Space is limited; advanced reservations are recommended
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.*
*Our regular Saturday exhibit tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19.
Bird Walks at IRLPP
Bird walks are FREE and open to the public.
No reservations are required
Our 2020 tours have concluded. 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.
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 are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required.
Tour is limited to 8 people maximum.
Our 2020 tours have concluded.
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.
Walking the Wrack at Esther St.
This program is offered seasonally and is FREE and open to the public; no reservations required.
The spring 2020 programs have concluded. 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."