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The Marine Discovery Center has spent 25 years informing and educating citizens and guests about the biodiversity of marine life and plant life in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.

New Smyrna Beach is home to the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. The Indian River Lagoon, located on the coast of Central Florida, boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast; providing countless ways to enjoy your time on the water in New Smyrna Beach.

Programs at MDC for all ages are designed to offer outdoor “hands-on, feet-wet” learning opportunities through: classes, camps, lectures, boat and kayak eco-tours with certified naturalists and teachers.


We invite you to learn more about all we have to offer.

Exploration | Conservation | Education


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Marine Discovery Center News & Announcements

Spanish Moss Plays Role in Natural Flora and Fauna

By Lisa D. Mickey Think of Florida and the Southeast United States and a picture of Spanish moss draped through the boughs of stately live oak trees likely comes to mind. Hanging like hundreds of fibrous gray curtains from tree limbs, Spanish moss (Tillandsia...

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Giant Ground Sloth Is Focus of July Public Lecture at MDC

Giant Ground SlothThis lecture is FREE but registration is required. CLICK HERE to register. Fans of fossils will have a unique treat at the Marine Discovery Center’s July Public Lecture when the giant ground sloth is the featured monthly topic. Zach Zacharias, senior...

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