Sailors learn to be experts at knot tying, from securing the vessel with a tight anchor hitch to securing the captain after he succumbs to madness and tries to eat his own hook hand. This Groupon is a mutinous bounty.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for a two-hour dolphin discovery cruise for two (up to a $50 value)
- $49 for the above cruise for four (up to a $100 value)
Aboard a Coast Guard–licensed pontoon boat, a certified Florida coastal naturalist guide leads up to 40 passengers through the Indian River Lagoon, one of North America’s most ecologically diverse estuaries. As the boat glides through mangrove-framed waters, passengers search for glimpses of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, often catching cameos of manatees, bald eagles, and leaping mullet fish. Check out the schedule of upcoming cruises.
Marine Discovery Center
Local creek waters and river tributaries empty into an estuary along more than 150 miles of Florida's east coast. There, the freshwaters mix with salty Atlantic currents to form the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon supports the highest levels of biodiversity found in any North American estuary. Preserving this delicate and species-rich ecosystem is the goal of Marine Discovery Center, a nonprofit corporation headquartered on the banks of the river. The organization was sparked by a small band of locals, including the mayor of New Smyrna Beach, James Vandergrifft, who were concerned about the environmental health of the coastline. The MDC connects citizens to nature through kids’ summer camps, educational outreach, and frog-kissing booths. On board a 40-passenger pontoon boat, tour and charter groups safely visit the lagoon's toad fish, stingrays, and roaming turtles while not harming the singular habitats.