The appeal of New Smyrna Beach goes far back into history. This area was home to many Native Americans and some of Florida’s earliest settlers. In the 1950s and 1960s, New Smyrna Beach was a favorite spot for tourists seeking a break from the cold and snow of Northern States.
That tradition continues to this day, with more people choosing New Smyrna Beach as a family-friendly vacation destination. Many visitors return to call this area home for all or part of the year. If you’ve ever traveled through, you know that New Smyrna Beach is one special spot. Here are some of the reasons why people across the globe love this gem of Central Florida:
1) Steeped in History
You don’t have to go very far to learn more about this area’s humble beginnings. Nestled amid the hustle and bustle of the city’s downtown (and across from City Hall) is the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History. Here, you’ll learn about early residents of this dynamic community.
Other points of historical interest include the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, the Old Fort Park Archeological Site, Ponce Inlet Historical Museum, and the New Smyrna Beach Museum of East Coast Surfing.
You can also learn local history and actually see it in action by booking a leisurely two-hour cruise aboard The Manatee. From the comfort and safety of your seat, you’ll witness native wildlife and vegetation. It’s the same sight that some of the early visitors to this area viewed thousands of years ago.
2) Eyes in the Future
While city leaders and residents alike are proud of the rich history in this region, New Smyrna Beach is a vibrant community that’s staying current with the times. Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the unique shops and restaurants on Canal Street and Flagler Avenue. Then, treat the kids to ice cream and watch the sunset from Flagler Avenue Park. Nearby 27th Avenue Park is another family favorite.
The connection between the past and future doesn’t end there. When you bring the family aboard The Manatee for a fun-in-the-sun two-hour cruise, you’ll see with your own eyes how much New Smyrna Beach has changed through the years, and also how the city has remained loyal to its roots.
3) True Family-Friendly Atmosphere
One of those traditions is the New Smyrna Speedway. Here’s where you can get the real racing experience without the crowds and traffic of nearby Daytona Beach. Kids will love the chance to get up close and personal with all the action.
In fact, you’ll find a variety of fun activities to please every member of the family. For example, children and youth will be wowed by the natural beauty they see on board The Manatee. Adults in your crowd will appreciate the spacious sundeck, clean and accessible restrooms, snacks and beverages available, and simply an opportunity to sit back, relax, and soak up the Central Florida sunshine.
4) Natural Wonder Abounds
Along with previously-mentioned points of historical interest, New Smyrna Beach is also home to the Turtle Mound National Historical Site and the Marine Science Center. Both are known across the country. In addition, close to the lighthouse is the “disappearing island,” which is really a sandbar that seems to vanish when the tide rises.
For a real one-of-a-kind nature encounter, choose from one of our exciting and affordable cruises. Here, you’ll see interesting animals and aesthetic scenery from a safe and comfortable seat. Gift certificates are also available. Our cruises make the perfect present for graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any special occasion. Contact us today for more information, or to book a relaxing cruise on the water the whole family will be talking about for years.