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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

Audubon Teams with MDC for Winter Birding Tours

The Marine Discovery Center launched its Winter Birding Tours in 2019 as an answer to a request from local Audubon chapter members. Local birders wanted a way to view shorebirds and migratory birds en route to their Arctic nesting grounds during the winter months, but...

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MDC’s May Lecture Explores Timucua in Volusia County

Timucua in Volusia County UPDATE: This lecture will now be via Zoom due to our presenter not being able to present in person. You have two options to attend this lecture... 1. Come to MDC and watch the presentation livestreamed in our Learning Lab.2. Register for the...

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