New Smyrna Beach, or NSB as it is also known, is located in Volusia County, on the east coast of Florida. The city is famous for being one of Florida’s top surfing destinations. It is very close to Orlando – 115 km away (less than an hour by car). So close that it is possible to do a round trip. However, the ideal is to stay at least two days in the city, as there are plenty of must-see attractions to explore.
In addition to surfing, New Smyrna Beach attracts thousands of tourists in search of beautiful beaches, unspoiled nature, ecotourism, arts, good food and entertainment.
The city is divided into two parts by the River Indian Lagoon: 1 – The continental part, which houses the historic center and 2 – The other part where the beaches are. Both are connected by the Causeways South and North bridge.
See below for more attractions and tips on things to do in New Smyrna Beach.
New Smyrna Beach Historic Center – Canal Street
Be sure to visit Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. In this historic center, tourists get to know the local culture up close and find wonderful restaurants, bars, shops, cultural spaces, exhibitions and many other attractions.
Every month, the Canal Street Car Show takes place, an interesting gathering of vintage car worshipers who gather to display their relics in this famous and busy street.
Spend at least an afternoon strolling around Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach.
New Smyrna Beach Museum of History
For tourists who want to learn more about the region’s history and culture, the New Smyrna Museum of History is the perfect place.
Located on Canal Street, the building was the first school in the city and in the county of Volusia in 1872. The museum brings many objects from the time of the city’s colonization, interesting exhibitions, as well as elements that tell a little about the history of local surfing and also a very complete souvenir shop to take souvenirs from the trip.
This pleasant and trendy avenue of NSB starts in the city and ends at the beach. So it is a very special place to feel all the beach vibe in the city.
On Flagler Avenue the tourist finds shops, bars and restaurants with delicious and refreshing options for days of intense heat or to enjoy after the beach.
Marine Discovery Center
At the New Smyrna Beach marina, tourists learn more about conservation, environmental education and can also choose from the various boat or kayak tours offered on site for ecotourism on the Indian River Lagoon.
It has options for all ages, from the quietest to take children and see dolphins up close, walks to enjoy the sunset and also more radical routes for those with a more adventurous spirit.
In addition, the visitor can explore the place through trails by the sea and also get to know the interior of this museum that houses several marine species.
Old Fort Park
This incredible NSB archaeological site was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The site features many old trees and oaks, as well as a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway.
At Old Fort Park, visitors can walk through the city’s ruins and get to know a little more about the local history.
During the summer months, several interesting events take place in this park. Find out more about Old Fort Park.
Sugar Mill Ruins
Another park worth visiting to get to know the local history and culture is Sugar Mill Ruins.
The place is home to the ruins of an old sugar mill from the early 19th century, from the time of colonization in New Smyrna Beach.
Visitors can hike and explore Sugar Mill Ruins. Entrance is free. See more information: https://visitnsbfl.com/explore/arts-and-culture/sugar-mill-ruins1
Art in New Smyrna Beach
The Hub on the Canal
This interesting cultural center is located on Canal Street and allows local artists to produce their work and the public to watch it in real time.
The place housed an old factory in New Smyrna Beach and now offers rooms for events, workshops, music classes, artists’ studios, workshops, varied exhibitions and much more.
At The Hub on the Canal, visitors can buy pieces produced by the city’s artists, honoring the local community.
Admission is free. See all the attractions you find on The Hub: https://thehuboncanal.org/
Atlantic Center for the Arts
The Atlantic Center for the Arts is a place that definitely cannot be missing from the NSB travel itinerary.
With a spectacular look and architecture in the middle of nature, the place offers an annual residency program for artists.
The exhibition rooms are designed to integrate perfectly with the exuberant nature of the space, bringing together beautiful works by about 200 artists that make up the annual program offered by this center.
Learn more about the Atlantic Center for the Arts https://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/
New Smyrna Beach beaches
New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach is considered a real surfing spot in Florida. This beautiful and famous beach guarantees a day of great relaxation and leisure for visitors.
With 27 km of white sand, tourists can enjoy the sun, practice water sports and park the car inside the beach (a very different feature from other beaches in Florida), for that, the visitor needs to pay US $ 10.00 worth it for the convenience.
This beach is ideal for taking children. In it the tourist finds several amenities and spaces to entertain the little ones, such as playground, barbecue grills, picnic areas, sports courts and much more.
Bethune Beach is located south of NSB, has a fishing pier and is also perfect for enjoying the sunset.
Smyrna Dunes Park
The Smyrna Dunes park is an incredible space in the middle of nature and also allows dogs to enter. In it, tourists find turtles, beautiful birds and many other species that reside on the site.
The Smyrna Dunes Park ecosystem is very rich, with dunes, scrub, swamp, ocean and river. The 3 km trail takes place on footbridges that allow direct contact with the preserved nature.
Smyrna Dunes Park has a fishing pier, picnic spaces, restrooms, parking and more.
Indian River Lagoon
The Indian River Lagoon is a lagoon that connects to the sea on Florida’s east coast and is home to the region’s rich wildlife. The tour is unforgettable and highly recommended, especially for those who like adventures in the midst of preserved nature.
In it, the visitor can practice stand up paddle, take boat trips or kayaks, enjoy dolphins and other aquatic animals, such as manatees. Click here to find out more about the Indian River Lagoon.
Canaveral National Seashore
Canaveral National Seashore is located between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, in Volusia and Brevard counties, respectively.
In it the visitor can go hiking, horse riding, swimming, playing sports, such as canoeing, fishing and surfing, enjoy the beautiful birds and enjoy nature very much.
See more information about the Canaveral National Seashore: https://www.nps.gov/cana/planyourvisit/index.htm