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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

From MDC Summer Camper to Nature Center Aquarist

Courtney Schultz was an enthralled young summer camper at the Marine Discovery Center as a child. Summer after summer, she came to camp and participated in all of the on-the-water activities MDC camp kids get to experience. Now 28, Schultz lives in St. Augustine and...

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Sharks In Spotlight for MDC’s August Public Lecture

SharksThis lecture is FREE but registration is required. CLICK HERE to register. Sharks have been in the headlines often this summer. Here’s your chance to learn all about the ocean’s apex predators during the Marine Discovery Center’s August Public Lecture Series....

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