With a slew of engaging events all year long, tons of beachside venues for shopping, dining and overnighting, as well as attractions brimming with our rich culture and intriguing history, New Smyrna Beach is a charming little town full of waterfront fun. So, when we say it’s difficult to pare it down to just our top five favorite things to do in New Smyrna Beach, you’ll understand, but here goes!
Beach – With over 17 miles of pristine, white sand beaches and Canaveral National Seashore lining a portion of its beautiful coast, you’ll find that New Smyrna Beach is aptly named. You can even get your beach time in by visiting Disappearing Island if you choose your tide wisely!
Dining – Oh boy, where to start? When it comes to dining, New Smyrna Beach does it all and we do it well! There are scads of waterfront dining options with gorgeous ocean views. We have upscale dining options, local breakfast favorites and a smattering of lunch choices from tacos to Thai!
Sightseeing – Then, of course, there are tons of incredible attractions. Not sure if you know this, but New Smyrna Beach is such a great place for surfing that we even have our own museum dedicated to it! There is also the New Smyrna Museum of History which you can explore via a walking tour or by boat. The Marine Science Center offers interactive family fun; and Sugar Mill Ruins is a 17-acre historical site. New Smyrna Beach also has 11 parks on just the mainland alone, so take your pick of an ocean view park, riverside park or nature park with miles of scenic trails!
Flagler Avenue – If you want to sip an adult beverage while you enjoy live music, Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach is the place you want to be. This lively street is full of fun and – lined with surf shops, beachy trinket shops and dining options as far as the eye can see – offers something for everyone!
Canal Street – You also don’t want to miss Canal Street which is smack dab in the middle of New Smyrna’s Historic Downtown. It’s where you’ll find a little bit of everything, all sprinkled with just the right amount of history and heritage. Canal Street visitors enjoy antiquing, art galleries and exhibits, a lovely array of shops including an old fashioned creamery; and there is always something happening on Canal, from block parties, to classic car shows and wine tastings.