“Sea” Marine Life at New Smyrna Beach

Explore and learn about undersea life through tours, museums and more

The seaside paradise of New Smyrna Beach is positively swimming with diverse marine life, making our area one of the best for spotting ocean friends such as dolphins, manatees and rays, as well as freshwater flippers that reside in the estuaries dotting the area. No matter what floats your boat, you’re sure to find the perfect experience to get up close and personal, flip your fins and learn more about the diverse aquatic life that surrounds us. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite adventures.

Dolphin Tales

Everyone loves having a good dolphin story to share. Make your own memories by taking one of many dolphin spotting boat tours available at New Smyrna Beach.  Turtle Mound River Tours offers relaxing, two-hour boat tours through the Indian River and Canaveral National Seashore. The most popular boat tour allows explorers to soak in breathtaking views of the seashore while they spot dolphins and manatees that call the area home. Paddle Board New Smyrna Beach offers 90-minute guided tours that take participants on a 2.5-mile tour of the beautiful Indian River. All experience levels are welcome to come explore our waterways that are full of dolphin, sea turtles and manatees. 

These are just a few of the many dolphin spotting adventures that await at New Smyrna Beach.

Fish Are Friends

The Marine Discovery Center is a perfect place to experience a well-rounded aquatic adventure. From live aquariums to learning programs, and eco-tours of the diverse waterways that make up New Smyrna Beach, there are so many ways to have a fun and educational day. The Center’s primary goal for the last 20 years has been to educate all who visit about the diverse wildlife that can be found in the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Visitors to the Center can get their feet wet in this diverse world through guided kayak and boat tours, onsite classes, a variety of camps and private walking tours led by area marine biologists. You are sure to spot everything from dolphins and manatees, to sharks and sea turtles!

Dive into Aquatic Paradise

New Smyrna Beach’s artificial reefs and abundant sea life also make it the perfect destination for sea diving. The stunning reefs, created out of sunken ships and concrete culverts, are now home to species like marlin, amberjack and more. Our area is also uniquely home to some of the largest lobsters on the East Coast.  Local dive center, Sea Dogs, offers courses, certification and diving trips for visitors and locals.

Another way to dive into the diverse aquatic wildlife in our area is to explore the many blueways that pepper New Smyrna Beach. Rent a kayak and explore waterways like the Mosquito Lagoon paddling trail, a perfect spot for first-time explorers. You may even spot a dolphin or manatee on your adventure. Guided sunset paddle board tours through Indian River Lagoon are also available for those looking for a truly unique experience.

There are so many ways to explore and learn about the aquatic creatures we call our neighbors. We can’t wait to see what adventures call to you when you visit New Smyrna Beach! Start planning your perfect vacation today by visiting https://www.visitnsbfl.com/.