Scientists constantly discover new signs of dolphin intelligence, such as their ability to communicate or to lure curious humans away from land so they can steal their shoes. Explore the miracles of marine life with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to a dolphin-watching tour from Marine Discovery Center (up to a $50 value).
Guided and narrated by certified Florida Master Naturalists, Marine Discovery Center's two-hour boat tours give aquatic adventurers an intimate look at the Indian River Lagoon's population of bottlenose dolphins. Flanked by mangrove-crowded shores, canopied pontoon boats glide across waterways, providing up to 36 occupants with panoramic views of the pristine lagoon and its many inhabitants. Tour guides expound on the numerous native species, pointing out dolphins as they flirt with the water's glassy surface in a hunt for fishy meals. With the sudden extinction of water-based wookies, tour guests can safely navigate the waterways in the company of manatees, herons, and spoon bills.
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 MDC connects citizens to nature through kids’ summer camps, educational outreach, and frog-kissing booths. Kayak tours allow guests of all skill levels to navigate through the mangrove-framed waters of the lagoon in search of native birds, leaping mullet fish, and even Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.