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Things to do in New Smyrna Beach Florida

New Smyrna Beach Florida

Located on the east coast of Florida, nestled between the World’s Most Famous Beach and the famed Space Coast, lies the quaint town of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Known around the U.S. as a top vacation destination, New Smyrna Beach boasts stunning sunrises, epic outdoor adventures, a thriving art community and unique eateries.

New Smyrna Beach is located in Coastal Volusia County just an hour away from Disney World, on the beautiful east coast of Florida - a great place to soak up the sun and relax. What's to do, you ask? Have you heard? National Geographic has named New Smyrna Beach one of America's top surfing towns!

Swimming, surfing, exploring the intracoastal or discovering the area's great history, there's something for all interests.  If you fancy boating or fishing, New Smyrna Beach is an ideal spot for some of the best deep sea fishing. If you are not a Florida native then you will absolutely enjoy the wildlife. Train your eye to find the Egrets and Herons and you will have a lot to keep you busy! Looking for the cafes and shops-no worries, New Smyrna has lots of character and charm and will without fail provide a great environment for leisure and play at the end of your beach day. Just a short trip down the beach from Daytona, this is a great place to get away from the sometimes over crowded events of that area.

New Smyrna Beach features two historic downtown streets (Canal Street and Flagler Avenue) lined with specialty gift shops, fabulous restaurants and art galleries. Shiny golden sand, sprawling beaches, and beautiful blue waves make New Smyrna famous. A breathtaking part of Canaveral National Seashore, this is what visitors come back for each year. On top of that, New Smyrna is a charming town with rich history and a lively entertainment and arts community-a perfect destination for your beach vacation. New Smyrna Beach is also the 2nd oldest city in Florida, it's no wonder New Smyrna Beach is one of the favorite vacation spots for Floridians. 

 


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Things To Do in New Smyrna Beach Florida

 

Antiques & Art Highwaymen Gallery
Address: 520 Andrews Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-427-9910
 
 
Artists' Workshop Gallery
Address: 115 Canal Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
 
 
Artists' Workshop Studio
Address: 540 Barracuda Blvd.
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386.424.9254
 
 
Arts on Douglas-Fine Art and Collectibles
Address: 123 Douglas Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-428-1133
   
 
Atlantic Center at Harris House
Address: 214 S. Riverside Drive
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-423-1753
   
 
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Address: 1414 Art Center Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-427-6975
   
 
Black Heritage Museum
Address: 314 N. Duss Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-478-1934
 
Bob Ross Art Workshop & Gallery
Address: 757 E. Third Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-423-4346
   
 
Bruneau Art & Frame Gallery
Address: 551 Third Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-428-8552
 
Canal Street Historic District
Address: Canal Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
 
 
Clay Gallery
Address: 302 S. Riverside Drive
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: (386) 427-2903
   
 
Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve
Address: 6250 South Ridgewood Avenue
City: Port Orange  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32127
 
 
Dummit's Tomb
Address: Canova Drive (Behind Riverview Hotel)
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
 
Fernandez Photography & Arts Gallery
Address: 100 North Cooper Street, Unit 1
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-295-5254
 
 
Florida Galleria
Address: 427 Canal Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386-427-7979
 
Gamble Place-Spruce Creek Preserve
Address: 1819 Taylor Road
City: Port Orange  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32127
Phone: 386.255.0285
 
 
Jonah's Cat's Art Gallery
Address: 220 Flagler Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 513-410-1438
   
 
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Address: 352 South Nova Road
City: Daytona Beach  |  State: FL
Phone: 386.255.0285
 
 
New Smyrna Museum of History
Address: 120 Sams Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386.478.0052
 
 
Old Fort Park - Turnbull Ruins
Address: Washington Street and North Riverside Drive
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
 
Palms Up Pottery
Address: 413 Flagler Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-428-3726
 
 
Peter Wolf Toth Museum
Address: 102 Arthur Avenue
City: Edgewater  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32141
Phone: 386-795-0291
 
Ring Gallery
Address: 311 Flagler Avenue, Suite 103
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386.427.1882
   
 
TaDa Gallery
Address: 113 Flagler Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-428-1770
 
 
The Hub on Canal Street
Address: 132 Canal Street
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32168
Phone: 386.957.3924
 
 
The Little Theatre
Address: 726 Third Avenue
City: New Smyrna Beach  |  State: FL  |  Zip: 32169
Phone: 386-423-1246
   
 

 

 

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

Both Flagler Ave and Canal St. have been renovated and now offer a wealth of specialty shops and great cafes. Shop and eat while enjoying the beauty of New Smyrna Beach.

When the sun sets, New Smyrna Beach comes alive with a vibrant dining and nightlife scene you won't want to miss. Savor fresh seafood at local restaurants, unwind at charming cafes, and enjoy cocktails at lively bars. Whether you're craving a night out dancing or a quiet evening with a sweet treat, there's something here for everyone.

 

Historical Sites

Explore the rich history of New Smyrna Beach through its fascinating historical sites that offer a glimpse into the past. Start your journey with the Old Fort Park, one of the most iconic historical landmarks, where you can wander among the mysterious ruins and imagine life centuries ago.

Take a heritage tour to the New Smyrna Museum of History. Here, you'll discover a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that celebrate the area's cultural heritage. The museum guides you through the town's founding by Dr. Andrew Turnbull and its evolution over the years.

Don't miss the Sugar Mill Ruins, an architectural wonder situated in a serene park setting. These ruins speak volumes about the past treasures of the sugar industry and its impact on the region. Walk along the stone remnants and picture the bustling activity that once filled the site.

For a deeper dive, visit the Canal Street Historic District. Its charming buildings and quaint shops aren't only beautiful but also steeped in history. Every corner reveals a story, making it a perfect spot for those who crave both freedom and a connection to the past.

 

Art and Culture

After immersing yourself in the rich history of New Smyrna Beach, you'll find the town's vibrant art and culture scene equally captivating. Wander through art galleries showcasing mesmerizing works from local and international artists. The Atlantic Center for the Arts is a must-visit, offering a creative hub that supports local artisans and hosts inspiring cultural events.

This is one of the TOP small cities for Arts and Culture in all of America. So many places that will enrich and inspire your heart and soul, its a must see of all Art and Culture lovers. Below is a list of some of the best places to go and immerse yourself in the arts. 

One can't miss the charm of historic landmarks that tell tales of yesteryear while blending seamlessly with contemporary art displays. The HUB on Canal is another highlight, where you can engage with local artisans and perhaps even take home a unique piece of art. For those who enjoy live performances, the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach provides a delightful array of performing arts, from plays to musicals.

Here are some top attractions to explore:

  • Atlantic Center for the Arts: A dynamic venue for art exhibitions and cultural events.
  • The HUB on Canal: Experience local artisans' work and participate in interactive workshops.
  • Historic New Smyrna Beach: Explore beautiful historic landmarks.
  • Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach: Enjoy a variety of performing arts.
  • Art Walk on Flagler Avenue: Monthly event featuring local art, music, and crafts.
    Dive into this rich cultural tapestry and let your creative spirit soar!

 

Fishing and Additional Activities

From Deep sea charters going out daily to the back water areas of Mosquito Lagoon and Ponce Inlet, there are record setting fish in these waters. With a huge variety of fish readily available, bring your boat, grab your rod or book a charter and you won't be disappointed. If your preference is to fish by land and not boat there is great access to fishing right out your door directly off the beach.

Loads of Activities for the whole family - great beaches, awesome surfing (voted one of Americas best surf towns), eco tours, kayaking, spas, golf, tennis, river cruises, parks and many historical sites. Surprisingly just 1 hr drive from Orlando, so no reason to stay in the parks all day when you can get your toes in the sand in a quick short drive. There are lots of events happening all throughout the year that will make you a fan of New Smyrna Beach.

 


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