The Marine Discovery Center’s Winter Birding Tours give avid and novice birders the opportunity to travel by boat to Disappearing Island during the winter months.


​Guests on these tours disembark the 40-passenger Discovery Boat at Disappearing Island to explore the shoreline adjacent to Ponce de Leon Inlet.

A variety of migratory bird species tend to gather on this beach and in surrounding areas, giving guests a chance to see birds they may only see once a year in Central Florida from January through April.

The next tour will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, leaving MDC’s dock on the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach. All tours depart at 9:30 a.m., and return around 12:30 p.m.

The remaining dates for MDC’s Winter Birding Tours will be on Thursday, March 19, and on Thursday, April 9.

Guests on these tours are encouraged to dress accordingly for Florida winter weather and to wear footwear that may get wet. After leaving the boat, guests walk the shoreline in search of migratory and native shorebirds.

Tour participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, camera gear, water, snacks and sunglasses for these tours. An emergency head (toilet) is on the boat.

A minimum of eight individuals is required for each tour with a maximum of 40 passengers allowed.

Adults are $40, seniors & students are $37, and children under 12 are $22. Membership discount and family rate are available.

To make reservations, please call our Welcome Center at 386.428.4828 or…

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