New Smyrna Beach is the hidden gem of Volusia County, with 17-miles of white sandy beaches and a city that is rich in history and nature. Surfers are attracted to the area with the killer wave action that can be found, but your average beachgoer can enjoy the sights and sounds found right off the beach on Flagler Avenue with the many locally-owned shops and restaurants that provide a unique beach town charm. A rare second downtown feel can be found in New Smyrna Beach’s Historic District along Canal Street, located on the other side of the river, and boasts many art galleries, shops, events and the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History.
Nature lovers can become one with nature while visiting the city’s many different nature and coastal parks that link the area to history at the Sugar Mill Ruins, Turtle Mound National Historic Site, or Smyrna Dunes Park, which is also home to the New Smyrna Beach Dog Beach and Park. With access to the beach and intercoastal waterways, residents can partake in several types of water activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, boating and more. Don’t forget to try your luck while out on the water to find the infamous Disappearing Island!