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.
Currently MDC asks that all vaccinated and non-vaccinated people wear masks when inside our facility.
Live Feeding & Exploration Tour
$3 per person | Maximum of 10 people per tour
Tours will return in the fall. Check our online calendar to verify dates/times.
Join us for a 60-minute guided tour of our exhibit area. Experience first-hand some of the wonderful creatures from the Indian River Lagoon and beyond. During the tour, you will learn about our local waters and marine life as your tour guide feeds some of our resident animals. At the end of the tour, you will also have the opportunity to get your hands wet in our interactive touch tank experience.
Bird Walks at MDC
Our 2021 bird walk season has concluded. See you next year!!
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.
Living Beaches at Esther St.
The spring 2021 sessions have concluded. Please check back as we will update with the City of New Smyrna Beach schedules their next Get to Know Your Island classes.
This program is offered seasonally and is FREE and open to the public; no reservations required.
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."