Marine Discovery Center

Daytona Beach

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Certified naturalists lead pontoon-boat tours in search of playful marine mammals and local nautical landmarks

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Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Dolphin Discovery Boat Tour does not include Island Adventure Tour. Subject to availability and weather. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with this Groupon.

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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Knowledgeable guide, good equipment, easy paddling
Holly P. · January 4, 2016
Lisa was our excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and approachable. Water was too cold (Dec 31) for the Dolphins but we had an excellent two hour kayak through the mangrove estuary. Just do it.
Rob Q. · January 3, 2016
Great outdoor experience. We were first time kayakers and were a little unsure how we might do, but they were helpful and made it a wonderful morning where we learned a great deal about the marsh ecosystem.
Thomas M. · January 2, 2016
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    Daytona Beach

    520 Barracuda Blvd.

    New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

    +13864284828

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