If you’ve ever visited New Smyrna Beach, you know it’s one of Central Florida’s hidden gems. If you’ve yet to make the trek, now’s the perfect time to explore this quaint beachside community.
New Smyrna Beach is full of unique sights and curiosities you just won’t find anywhere else. Friendly neighbors and visitors help make this region a year-round favorite for people across the country and around the globe. Read on to discover best bets for memorable fun and excitement in New Smyrna Beach this year.
People who live and visit here frequently comment on the many festivals and community gatherings held throughout the year. That includes everything from art presentations, classic car shows, holiday-themed events, and beachfront festivities.
In fact, the beach itself is a major draw. There are also several interesting natural locations to explore, including Smyrna Dunes Park, Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park, 27th Avenue Park, and more.
Shopping and Dining
New Smyrna Beach is home to many local shops and restaurants that have become community icons. Along with brand-name selections, you’ll enjoy browsing different and interesting items. Many visitors here find one-of-a-kind souvenirs to bring back home, along with priceless stories of their enjoyable time here.
Downtown is also home to the New Smyrna Museum of History. Here, you’ll see relics of the past situated alongside current innovations and future plans. Art lovers will appreciate the modern and classic artwork on display at The Hub on Canal and nearby Atlantic Center for the Arts.
As mentioned, there’s no shortage of natural wonder in and around New Smyrna Beach. Take a stroll through the past at Turtle Mound National Historic Site. You can also learn about early NSB history at the Sugar Mill Ruins.
The nearby Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens features a 250-year-old oak, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and artistic sculptures. Meanwhile, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers spectacular views of the community from the top.
A Relaxing Day on the Water
But to really get up close and personal with native wildlife and Florida vegetation (and learn about local history), there’s no better experience than a relaxing two-hour cruise aboard The Manatee. Here, you’ll witness a variety of interesting creatures in their natural habitat. From the safety of your seat, you and your loved ones will see sights that will remain topics of conversation for years to come.
Plus, with two tours to choose from, it’s easy to come back and gain a different perspective. The intracoastal tour offers breathtaking views of nature and historic waterfront homes along a 25-mile stretch of waterway. The sunset summer cruise helps create a calming and memorable experience. Charter cruises are also available.
Comfort is key at any attraction. While on board, you’ll have access to snacks and beverages, a sundeck, and clean, family-friendly restrooms. Contact us today to book a vacation (or staycation) encounter like no other.