Many people believe St. Augustine in Northeast Florida is the oldest city in the state, and also in the nation. Still, some historians say New Smyrna Beach could be as old (or even older) than that. Regardless, scores of residents and tourists have fallen in love with this beachside locale’s family-friendly values and laid-back approach.
Now, you can enjoy a relaxing cruise on the water as you soak up the sunshine and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. And you can do it all from the safety and comfort of your own seat. Read on to learn more about New Smyrna Beach history, and how you can log a fun and informative trip that everyone in the family will love.
Historians say the area now known as New Smyrna Beach got its start back in 1768. The region’s founder borrowed the name from the town in Greece where he wife was from. Prior to the founding of New Smyrna Beach, no one had attempted to settle as many people in one region in North America at the same time.
Just like St. Augustine, four flags flew in this area through the years: British, Spanish, Confederate, and United States. Still, it wasn’t until 1887 that New Smyrna Beach incorporated. Once the railway came to town, the city’s population boomed. Today, New Smyrna Beach is known as one of the country’s “top small cities for the arts.” It’s also a favorite destination for both locals and tourists alike.
To that end, there are many interesting attractions and things to discover here. That includes Canal Street and Flagler Avenue, Dummitt’s Tomb, Smyrna Dunes Park, Sugar Mill Ruins, the Marine Discovery Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the world-famous beach.
Nearby are other attractions such as the Daytona International Speedway, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Canaveral National Seashore, and more. In addition, this area is home to many festivals and events held throughout the year.
Plus, there are other experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. That includes Turtle Mound National Historic site, Disappearing Island, and Eldora State House, to name a few.
You and your loved ones can also log a relaxing cruise on the water. Here, you’ll get up close and personal with native wildlife and vegetation. From the safety and comfort of your seat, you’ll experience Florida in a way that not everyone can. Plus, snacks and beverages are available on board. You can also access our sundeck and clean restrooms.
With many cruises to choose from, it’s easy and fun to get a new outing each time. The intracoastal cruise is a 25-mile excursion where you’ll see historic homes and local attractions. Or maybe you prefer the summer sunset cruise where you can witness the majesty of Central Florida nature in action. Charter cruises are also available.
Every Day Enjoyment
There’s a good reason why Southern Living magazine calls New Smyrna Beach one of the “coolest beach towns in the South.” Along with the mentioned attractions, you can also patronize unique shops and restaurants you simply won’t find anywhere else. And of course the pristine white and sandy beaches are a perennial favorite.
When you’re looking for an adventure that will appeal to every member of the family or your friends group, a relaxing cruise on board The Manatee could be exactly what you seek. Since no two tours are exactly the same, you’ll have fun seeing new sights each time you venture out on the water with us. Browse our website to see photos of some of the natural beauty that awaits. Then, contact us today to book a water cruise that you and your loved ones will remember and cherish for years to come.