Indoor Discovery

You don’t have to be taking a boat or kayak tour, participating in a naturalist class or public lecture, or attending an education program to enjoy a visit to the Marine Discovery Center. We have those…and so much more!

Admission to our facility & grounds is FREE!
Tours, education programs, and other special events have associated fees.

Our Welcome Center hours are:
Mon – Fri  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat & Sun  |  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(check our calendar for boat & kayak tour times)

Emma introduces children to our exhibits

Marine Aquariums

Discover some of the amazing animals that live in and near the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s Atlantic Ocean ecosystems right here in our live aquariums.

Our aquarium habitats feature brackish and saltwater creatures such as fish, snails, urchins, horseshoe crabs, turtles and more!

We also have an observation tank for visitors of all ages to discover and learn about some of our smaller creatures from the Indian River Lagoon.

Educational Exhibits

Discover more amazing facts about the ocean and estuarine creatures living in the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s Atlantic Coastal Waters through a variety of educational and interactive exhibits. These exhibits feature aquatic marine animals such as sea turtles, sharks and dolphins!

All of our exhibits are free and open to the public during operating hours (although the classroom portion of our exhibits may be closed to the public when camps/classes are in session).  

Sandi’s Sea Shop

Shop in our Marine Discovery gift store featuring local art and honey as well as environmentally conscious products.

There is plenty to choose from to gift your ocean-loving friends and family. New Beach and Ocean themed items are being added each month! All proceeds go back to support MDC’s facility and programs.

Our Mission:

"To protect and restore Florida's coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."