Things To Do

New Smyrna Beach has a Lot of Things to Do …

The Beach isn’t the only thing to do, New Smyrna Beach area offers a wide variety of fun and relaxation!

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Bicycling | Board Surfing | Bowling | Canoeing | Eco Cruises | Fishing | Kayaking | Sailing / Boating | SCUBA Diving | Surfing | Walking Tours

Aerial Tours

Get a bird’s eye view on an aerial tour and you’ll see why the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary system. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals. Check with the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport for current aerial tour operators.

Bicycling

With miles of endless, hard packed sand from Ponce Inlet to well beyond the 27th street beach ramp, beach biking is not only a great scenic tour of the oceanfront but a great workout as well! If the beach route is not enough then you might want to cruise along North Atlantic Avenue from Flagler Avenue to where the street meets with north Peninsula and on to the Smyrna Dunes Park. The park has a great boardwalk but bicycling is not permitted.

Another great ride starts from Saxon Drive, just behind the beach side Publix, where there is a bike path that runs south to the Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park – or IRLP as it is sometimes referred to locally. IRLP also has a number of hard-packed dirt paths that run under and around majestic oak trees ending at a shaded viewing deck overlooking the mangrove-lined lagoon waters.

For the hearty rider there’s the double-bridge challenge! Starting from Flagler Avenue head west over the North Causeway bridge and continue until you reach North Riverside Drive turning left at the corner of the NSB Marina. Head two blocks south until you reach Canal Street, then turn right until you reach the traffic signal at Live Oak where you will then turn left and ride until you reach Lytle Avenue – also known as A1A. You are now at the base of the South Causeway bridge and if you approach from the left side there is a sidewalk which runs east all the way back to Peninsula Avenue where you take a left ending up at the start on Flagler Avenue. If this does not give your lungs and legs a workout- nothing will!

If you have not brought your own bike you can rent from Beach Bicycle and Kayak – just around the corner from A1-A and Peninsula.

BICYCLE RENTAL
Nichols Beach Shack
411 Flagler Avenue
386-427-5050

BICYCLE & KAYAK ADVENTURES

553 Third Avenue
386-423-8123

www.EcoGuideToTheWaterside.com

Board Surfing

If you are not a surfer you might want to try your hand – or your body that is – at body surfing! Also known as boogie boarding, which is actually a brand of body boards, body surfing is easy and fun for all ages and can be accomplished wherever there are breaking waves.

Body surfing requires the use of a small, mini-like surf board where you basically lay your chest to waist on top of the board as you launch in front of an oncoming wave. Avid body surfers will use short, duck-like fins to aid in steering. Sometimes the waves break with such gusto, that one is bound and determined to ride that wave. Keep in mind, that when body surfing, you are actually in the wave, unlike board surfers who ride atop the wave. Therefore when that wave crashes into the hard ocean floor below it, so might you – unless the depth of the water is sufficient to give you enough room to recoil from the crashing wave without crashing into the bottom. We often forget the incredible awesome power of the ocean.

Bowling

New Smyrna Lanes
185 N. Causeway
386-428-4332


Canoeing

Canoeing can practically be done from any place where there is [public] access to the waterfront. Many of these access points are the same locations used by kayakers [refer to the Kayaking section for locations].

If estuary canoeing does not interest you, you may want to consider a leisure paddle up a creek! Cracker Creek is located on the original 20 acre homestead of Roland “Rollie” F. Johnson, caretaker for the James Gamble Estate. The cabin he lived in along with the home built in 1933 for his wife, Lela E. Miller, and nurse of James Gamble, are located on the property. Canoes can be rented from Bicycle and Kayak Adventures located south side of Third Avenue as you approach beach side from the south causeway.

Eco & Sunset Cruises

Many of the eco tour guests are surprised to learn that the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary system and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 35 listed as threatened or endangered.

Mangrove plants line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase pods of bait fish, and manatees charm us with their slow-moving gentle ways as they swim with their newborns. Numerous species of fish live in the Indian River Lagoon, including mullet that leap from the water and the predators that savor them, such as saltwater trout and redfish. Sea turtles traverse the River. Each outing is a new adventure as the estuary reveals its seasonal treasures.

As your Captain skillfully navigates the backwaters of the lagoon, you will experience first-hand the solitude and natural beauty of this Florida treasure while learning of our efforts to ensure we preserve its uniqueness for generations to come. Nearly every day of the year you can enjoy one of the following tours on board “Discovery” which enthrall visitors and residents alike. Our vessels are United States Coast Guard inspected.

MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER
520 Barracuda Blvd
386.428.4828
Info@MarineDiscoveryCenter.org
www.MarineDiscoveryCenter.org


Fishing

Anglers at nearby Mosquito Lagoon have set international records with giant redfish catches. Deep-sea charters leave daily, giving offshore fishers an easy way to wet a line in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. A new fisheries facility is in the planning stage for the re-population of redfish that are the most popular catch in the lagoon.

Lucky Strike- Captain Damien Lawler

386-566-1589

The Fishing Trip – Captain Doug Hicks
www.thefishingtrip.net
386-679-1049

NO PRESSURE CHARTERS – CAPTAIN AUSTIN PONS
In-Shore and Near Shore Fishing
http://www.nopressurecharters.com/
386-566-0659


Kayaking

The Indian River Lagoon has dozens of kayak areas from south of Port Orange to Oak Hill but the only marked kayak trail is off the IRL Park managed by the Marine Discovery Center.

Mosquito Lagoon is a favorite place for many paddlers and is truly one of Florida’s treasures – described as “one of the top 10 places to paddle in the U.S.”

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Library – Children’s Programs

New Smyrna Beach Public Library

1001 S. Dixie Freeway

386-424-2910

Movie Theater

Carmike New Smyrna Lux 12

1401 S. Dixie Freeway

386-428-8484

Parks & Recreation

1000 Live Oak St.

386-424-2174

Play Grounds / Parks

27th Avenue Park

On the Beach – A1A

Buena Vista Park

East end on North Causeway

Old Fort Park

Corner of Washington/N. Riverside

Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park

6656 S. Atlantic Avenue

Riverside Manatee Park

East Side of Canal Street

On the Indian River

Smyrna Dunes State Park

North End of Peninsula Avenue

1.5 Mile Nature Trail/Boardwalk

Skate Board Park

NSB Skate Park

386-427-8417

Corner of Turnbull & Industrial Park Ave

(by Police Station)

Body and Sol Tanning Salon

Splash-N-Dash Car Wash

Restaurants / Bars

The Grille at Riverview – 386-428-1865

Clancy’s Cantina386-428-4500

Chases on the Beach – 386-423-8787

Norwood’s – 386-428-4621

Blackbeard’s Inn – 386-427-0414

New Smyrna Steakhouse – 386-424-9696

JBs Fishcamp386-427-5747

Beachside Tavern

Flagler Tavern

SoNapa – 386 – 402-8647

Merk’s Bar & Grill – 386-427-1177

Off the Hook – 386-402-9300

Heavenly Sandwiches & Smoothies – 386-427-7475

Beacon Restaurant – 386-428-8332

Peanuts Restaurant and Lounge – 386-423-1469

Breakers – 386-428-2019

Manny’s Beachside Pizza – 386-423-5060

Touch of Italy – 386-423-8956

IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Brighthouse Networks: 386-423-1151
City Hall: New Smyrna Beach
210 Sams Avenue
386-424-2100
Chamber of Commerce: 115 Canal Street 386-428-2449
Courthouse: Volusia county Annex
124 Riverside Drive
386-428-3245
Driver’s License Bureau:   386-424-2010
Hospital: Bert Fish Memorial
401 Palmetto Street
386-424-5000
Humane Society: 1200 S. Glencoe Rd. 386-428-9860
Health Department:  Volusia county
717 W. Canal St.
386-424-2066
Library: 1001 Dixie Freeway 386-424-2910
Newspapers: 
The News and Observer (New Smyrna Beach)
The News Journal Daytona,
Pennysaver Shopping Guide

386-427-1000
386-428-5741
386-423-2300
Post Offices: Coronado, 407 Flagler AvenueNew Smyrna Beach, 301 Mission Road 386-427-7922
386-427-1377
Senior Citizen Information: Council on Aging 386-423-5316
Utilities: Electricity, Sewer, Water and Trash Removal New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission 386-427-1361
Telephone: AT &T 800-757-6500
Votran Bus System: 386-424-6800

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There are multiple places to launch but most frequented are: the National Seashore Park, the Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, the third Ave and Peninsula launch, the Marine Discovery Center and the Spruce Creek launch.

Low tides expose mud flats and oyster bars that in fall, winter and spring attract a wide variety of wading birds and shorebirds; American oystercatchers are fairly easy to find. Dolphins and manatees are commonly seen in the deeper waters of the intra coastal waterway.

Throughout the lagoon you can stop on islands with white, sandy beaches – areas that are protected because of shallow water. Motorboats are unable to negotiate them, leaving them virtually untouched. Numerous wading birds, including roseate spoonbills and wood storks, shorebirds, ospreys, cormorants, brown pelicans and, in winter, white pelicans should be seen. Bald eagles are a good possibility. Look for a stunningly handsome, black-and-white shorebird with a big reddish-orange bill. Oyster bars in Mosquito Lagoon are likely places to see American oystercatchers.

Look down in the water and you may see horseshoe crabs, redfish, mullet and stingrays. There are many backwater areas where there are few visuals for positioning – thus the potential of getting turned around in a tight mangrove lined waterway that can quickly turn into a maze.

If you are not familiar with the area, it is highly recommended that you contact one of several kayak operators: the Marine Discovery Center, Beach Bike and Kayak, JB’s Fish Camp.

JB’s FiSH CAMP KAYAKS
859 Pompano Avenue- 386 427-5747
info@jbsfishcamp.com
www.jbsfishcamp.com

 Sailing / Boating

 

 

SCUBA Diving

Sea Dogs is a full service PADI Dive Center with over 25 years of experience. They offer a full range of Certifications from beginner to Divemaster. They are also the Spearfishing Specialists! The Daytona/New Smyrna Beach area has over a dozen world famous wrecks and beautiful reefs. This area also has some of the largest lobsters on the East Coast.

SEA Dogs Dive Center
111 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL
386.424.1644

Layne Jean Dive Charters

Surfing

It’s a well known fact that the strip of ocean off the coast of New Smyrna is one of the best surfing spots in Florida. Rock ledges 4-5 miles offshore cause excellent wave breaks and protect swimmers from dangerous under tows. Not only can accomplished surfers rip up New Smyrna’s waves, but beginners can learn the sport in safe waters. No matter your level of expertise, surfing gives you a rush like no other.

Every summer, the American Professional Surfing Association holds one of its premier contests here. Rookies and veterans from all over the country compete for the titles being given in several categories. A number of locals have gone on to make names for themselves in the surfing world. South side of the Ponce Inlet is a mecca for locals.

Surf Board/Boogie Board/Skim Board Rentals

Inlet Charley’s Surf Shop (also, surf lessons)
510 Flagler Avenue
386-423-2317

Nichols Surf Shop
411 Flagler Avenue
386-427-5050

Red Dog Surf Shop
801 Hwy A1A
386-423-8532

Walking Tours

New Smyrna Beach is graced with so many great self-tour walking paths. The Smyrna Duns Park located on the North Peninsula, is 73 acres of protected habitat for turtles, birds and reptiles surrounded by an elevated boardwalk.

The newest location is the Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, located off south Saxon Drive, has both paved paths – handicap accessible – and sand paths that run throughout the pristine giant oaks and saw-grass prairies. The IRLP Park is a favorite location for watching lagoon sunsets.

And for those wanting to experience the majestic Atlantic Ocean venue, the National Seashore Park is home to thousands of plant and hundreds of bird species. It is not uncommon to see the occasional loggerhead, green or leatherback sea turtle clamoring to get onshore to lay their eggs.

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON PRESERVE PARK
off Saxon Drive on Sandpiper Ave.
386-428-4828
info@lRLPPark.com
www.RLPPark.com