5 Fun and Exciting Things to Do in New Smyrna Beach

Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 2:22PM

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People across the country and the globe routinely flock to Central Florida for vacation fun and outstanding experiences. This area features unmatched attractions, world-class shopping and dining options, and a wealth of opportunities to create memories that will last forever.

New Smyrna Beach, in particular, offers a variety of intriguing and interesting outings to please every member of your family. From lazy days at the beach, to relaxing evenings in town, here’s where you’ll get family-friendly entertainment and amusement that will keep you coming back for more. Get started with these suggestions:

1) Reconnect with Nature

Unlike other beach towns, New Smyrna maintains a laid-back feel while still offering top-notch amenities. Here, you get a consistently stellar vacation experience in a safe, clean, and thriving community. That’s partly why Southern Living Magazine routinely ranks New Smyrna Beach as one of the best vacation spots in the country.

Along with the world-famous pristine ocean, this area offers many other natural wonders. That includes public parks (including dog parks), scenic overlooks, and more. You’d be hard pressed to find another area in Florida more in tune with natural beauty than New Smyrna Beach. 

2) Shop and Dine the Day Away

Featuring both big names and local mom-and-pop restaurants and shops, New Smyrna Beach is an excellent place to find unique souvenirs, stylish clothing, and most anything else you can think of. Flagler Avenue is a perennial favorite for tourists and locals alike.

Along this street, you’ll find many great choices for lunch, dinner, or just a quick snack or drink. That includes The Breakers Restaurant, The Beacon, Clancy’s Cantina, and more. Venture into town for a variety of other intrepid dining options.

Make sure to stop by the New Smyrna Beachside Farmer’s Market at Norwood’s. Here, you’ll find locally-grown produce, specialty foods, even hand-made soap and gift ideas. 

3) Find Fantastic Fun for Kids of All Ages

Kids love exploring and learning new things. Tap into this natural tendency by helping them experience all that the New Smyrna Beach area has to offer. Who can get to the top of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse the fastest? What are some of the most important facts in New Smyrna Beach history? Children and youth will appreciate the many opportunities for fun and learning that this area provides.

Next, head to the Marine Discovery Center for hands-on animal encounters and educational tours. New Smyrna Beach is home to more than 4,000 species of unique plants and animals. Many of them can be seen on a leisurely two-hour cruise aboard The Manatee.

4) Discover Living History   

You might have heard about the “real” Florida. What does the phrase even mean? Locals will attest that once you get away from the commercialized attractions of Orlando and elsewhere, you’ll get a glimpse into what the Sunshine State was like years ago.

That includes regional gems such as the Turtle Mound National Historic Site, Sugar Mill Ruins, Eldora State House, and much more. The city is also home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts. This eco-friendly complex features creations from local artists and is nestled in a natural setting. 

5) Hit the Water and Relax

Now that you’ve seen some of what New Smyrna Beach has to offer, it’s time to recharge. What better way to do so than by unwinding in the peace and quiet of a relaxing two-hour water cruise? From the comfort of your seat aboard The Manatee, you’ll witness the natural beauty and wonder of New Smyrna Beach. In addition, you’ll see native plants and wildlife not visible in other locales.

Featuring two cruise packages at family-friendly prices, you can enjoy snacks and beverages on board. Our craft is also equipped with clean and comfortable restroom facilities, plus a sundeck where you can fully experience the majesty of New Smyrna Beach’s natural glory. Contact us today to reserve your seat. 


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