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Beaches in New Smyrna, Florida

The beach along New Smyrna offers many things to do, whether you are a history and arts enthusiast, an avid surfer or fisherman, or a family looking for its next adventure, you will not be disappointed.
You can enjoy a wildlife tour of Indian River Lagoon with an experienced captain, go on a jet ski adventure, spend the day hitting the waves on a surf or swimming, or just enjoy the coastal lifestyle with fine dining, playing sports or shopping on Flagler Avenue.

Nature and parks

There are a number of parks dotted along the beach.

Smyrna Dunes Park is the largest of the parks, located at the northern tip of the beach. It is surrounded by water on three sides and accessible by boat, car or you can get there on foot. To preserve the environment, the park offers two miles of elevated walkways, pavilions and picnic areas, and an observation tower.

The park is a great place to see a wide variety of wildlife in its natural habitat.

It stretches across 73 acres and is pet-friendly. There is a $10 fee to access the park by car.

Some of the smaller parks include:

27th Avenue Park is a 3.4-acre park with a playground and swimming beach, a boardwalk, picnic areas and racquetball/ basketball courts.

The Detwiller Park is equipped with five tennis courts, a basketball court, playground and public restrooms. Admission to the park is free.

The Esther Street Beachfront Park sports a volleyball area, a dune walkover, pavilions, playground and public restrooms.
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History, arts and... shopping!

One of the interesting landmarks to visit would be the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, giving an inside view of an authentic historic light station.

If you plan to spend some time in town, it is worth visiting the New Smyrna Museum of History. It exhibits artifacts spanning from prehistory, through the Native American period to the era of the early European settlers.

The Atlantic Center for the Arts, located on Turnbull Bay shores, hosts events all around the year but also gives you an opportunity to watch and interact with the resident artists at work in their studio.

A Farmers Market at Norwood's offers stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade jams or soaps, crafts and more! Stock up and support the local community, all at the same time.

You can enjoy a spot of shopping on Flagler Avenue! The street is lined with nice quaint boutiques, surf shops and galleries. There are plenty of great restaurants and inns, many of them offering live music as well.



My family and I absolutely love this beach! It can get busy sometimes, but it's usually not bad at all. You are able to drive on the beach, pick a spot to park, set up your beach items and enjoy just enjoy the waves and sun! It's our normal Summer weekend spot to take the kids and create memories. Once our day comes to a close, there are local restaurants to stop in and have dinner before we head home. If you like the ocean, laying in the sun, creating memories all while having fun, you'll love it here!
Lisa D - Google
This was my second time going here and it was so awesome. The water was really choppy and the rip tide was bad. The lifeguards were on alert. I like it better here than Daytona. Being here was heave. The tide was coming in and I stayed as long as I could. I hated to leave. It was just so nice. I took pictures but I don't know how to post them. On the horizon was a large clipper ship. It was real neat to see. Next I'm going with binoculars.
Linda - Google
Great drive-on beach with social distancing. Special little historical town. Palm trees galore! Amazing fishing. Lots of free amenities. Close to I-95. Near Daytona Beach.
Glinda S - Google
A good place to get away with family and friends. Really clean and people friendly, it has places to eat and drink along the way. You can also rent golf carts or drive a lot of fun.
Bigal H - Google
This quiet community on Florida’s central East coast is the perfect weekend or vacation getaway. There are a plethora of accommodation options, wonderful beaches and several excellent places to eat and drink all without the crowds.
Matt W - Google