New Smyrna Beach is home to one of North America’s largest and most diverse estuaries, and the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach is dedicated to its preservation. In fact, the overall mission of the Marine Discovery Center is to restore Florida’s coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems while, at the same time, providing a boatload of fun!
There are boat tours including the “History Mystery Boat Tour,” a dolphin, lighthouse eco cruise, a sunset eco cruise and they just had a winter birding boat tour. The Marine Discovery Center also offers very popular kayak tours every full moon, where participants can glide along the Indian River under the light of the full moon.
The Marine Discovery Center educational programs are what they refer to as “hands-on, feet-wet education and conservation, with a Marine Bio Lab program and “Creature Connection” field trips for middle and high school students, and Sea Squirts programming for younger children.
There are bird walks, engaging ecological presentations, summer camps, volunteer programs and virtual programming at the Marine Discovery Center too! So, if you are looking for some family fun along our scenic waterways, a way to get involved with community conservation and preservation, or simply something interesting to do, you may want to give the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach a try!