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Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-5329
Phone Number: +1 386-428-4828
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Fantastic tours by well-educated, engaging staff

We took both a kayaking tour of the lagoon and a pontoon boat tour while on vacation in the area. Very satisfied with both! Guides were very knowledgeable and were clearly very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Mary F
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took both a kayaking tour of the lagoon and a pontoon boat tour while on vacation in the area. Very satisfied with both! Guides were very knowledgeable and were clearly very passionate about the area. Really loved to see the restoration work that they're doing, and learn the story behind it because as northerners, we really didn't know that... More 

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Thank Mary F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

MDC is wonderful the staff is so enterjetic and love what they do. Our son when to the Guy Harvy summer camp and had an amazing experience, as a parent I was so impressed on how organized the staff was the kept the kids busy all day and he learned so much from the staff, he wants to come back... More 

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Thank Sheri S
Northbridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time on our dolphin tour today. Everyone at the Marine Discovery Center was extremely polite and friendly. Our guide, Charity was very knowledgable. It is an absolutely amazing experience. We saw a ton of dolphins. She was able to provide us information on all the various birds and trees as well as other wildlife. She was... More 

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Thank Shannon R
Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The speaker was very knowledgeable regarding birds and marine life. Identified every bird. Captain of boat made sure we went close to see birds and dolfins.Good few hours out.

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Thank kudos2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to take children and learn about our local eco-system. Free and plenty of sea creatures to pet. They sell river tours there which aren't badly priced and lasts a good amount of time.

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Thank Jaymes P
Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach has a nice shop, exhibits, kayak and boat tours and service activities. It is a good resource and I learn something every time I go. We have been on two of the boat cruises and plan to try a few kayak tours in the near future. Very knowledgeable guides who give you... More 

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Thank sdallen13
Rushville Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went on the afternoon Dolphin Discovery Cruise. Very friendly and educated crew. Charity had many informational and interesting facts and stories to share. Captain Guy was good at spotting Dolphins. We saw Dolphins before we even left the dock.

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Thank marty69360
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Marine Discover Center is a hidden gem in New Smyrna. The boat tours are excellent. You will be able to see a wide variety of wildlife, from birds, dolphins, to manatee. It is a great outing for the whole family. I would highly recommend this activity for the whole family. It is educational and a lot of fun.

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Thank Paul M
Daytona Beach
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A must do when in the area , include the kids and experience fun and education about the area's waterways , flora and fauna. Boat tour , kayak or one of the many other programs offered.

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Thank Doctorone
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you want a relaxing tour of the local waterways you will not be disappointed. Nice folks. Good value.

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