With Eastcoast Tour & Shuttle Co., visitors to New Smyrna Beach will have the opportunity to sight-see the area's most famous attractions: its wildlife! Spot dolphins, manatees, bald eagles, white pelicans, great blue herons and more as you kayak the waters. Half-day guided tours are available. So be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, a hat, sunglasses, good footwear and sun protection!
The stunning Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park spans 200 acres of natural uplands, wetlands and water. Plan a day with the picnic pavilion, nature trails, fishing piers and educational opportunities. The Marine Discovery Center is also located at the Park, providing programs for children and adults.
The Canaveral National Seashore is a National Seashore (CANA) located on a barrier island. It served home to over 1,000 plant species and 310 bird species. Including lagoons, CANA consists of 57,662 acres. Fill your day with historical sites, fishing, boating, birding, hiking, camping and so much more at this spectacular feat of nature.
Come experience the most beautiful river cruise in the St. Johns River valley! The custom-built vessel was designed to cruise the quiet and shallow areas where wildlife viewing is best. They off 8 Riverside rooms and suites, pontoon and fishing boat rentals and slips for private boats.
The New Smyrna Museum of History is a top attraction in New Smyrna Beach. It's primarily dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of New Smyrna's founders. Many exhibits may be found centering around the intrepid group of Mediterranean colonists and the leadership of Scottish physician and diplomat Dr. Andrew Turnbull. An Interior Gallery gives chronological overviews of the area's history, while upstairs there is a special exhibit of early St John's pottery, projectile points and other artifacts collected by the late Zelia Wilson Sweett.
With a history dating back to 2000 BC, Turtle Mound now represents the Timucuan Indian civilization, who created Turtle Mound over a period of several hundred years. The site is a kitchen midden composed of oyster and shellfish remains, and it can be seen 7 miles out at sea. Turtle Mound stands 50 feet tall and covers 2 acres.
In 1877, the small community of Eldora was established on the southern inland waterway. While the exact population of early Eldora is unknown, deeds and tax records indicate there were 50 to 75 people. The agricultural community thrived until the late 1880s and 1890s when freezes destroyed the citrus crops. Today, two buildings remain: the Eldora "State" House and a post office/citrus packinghouse.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to Florida's indigenous birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Fewer than 30 minutes from New Smyrna Beach, the 140,000 acre refuge is home to both threatened and endangered species. Experts have documented over 500 species of other wildlife here, including 330 species of birds. Explore along the Black Point Wildlife Drive, a scenic 7 mile stretch with numbered stops, habitats through trails and observations decks. The best time to view wildlife is early morning or late afternoon.
Smyrna Dunes Park is one of a few County parks where dogs are welcome! Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea, as the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean, so enjoy a wealth of fishing or swimming venues. See a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat.
Bello Valentino's is known for their fine Italian cuisine and European made-to-order flair. As such it is quite usual to spend several hours at the upscale venue since they prepare every dinner with expert detail and fashion. Bello Valentino's is proud to use only the freshest of local, organic ingredients, and they specialize in seafood, pasta, steaks and homemade desserts.
A family tradition in New Smyrna Beach since 1946, Norwood's features fresh seafood, chicken, aged beef and great wines. Consistently receiving local and national awards for their food and experience, Norwood's is a New Smyrna favorite indeed. On their menus, find Starters, Soups, Gumbos, Angus Beef, Pork, Chicken, Salads, Fresh Fish, Pasta, Platers, Sandwiches and Kid's meals.
Expect great Italian at The Garlic! They market themselves as a "casually sophisticated restaurant" drawing guests with an ambiance and fare reminiscent of Tuscany. The Garlic specializes in wood fired steaks, pasta, seafood and other mouthwatering delights. Dine indoors or outside.
Stonewood Grill is an upscale dining establishment offering guests the options of a quiet dinner in the dining room or drinks in the well appointed tavern. The menu includes a variety of steaks prepared over an oak burning grill, as well as seafood and pasta dishes prepared by their Executive Chefs. To top things off, there are more than 30 varieties of wine available by the glass.
Rated best restaurant 2 years in a row, Patio Restaurant serves New Smyrna Beach international cuisine. Their menu includes steaks, seafood, pasta and flaming desserts. Dine indoors or enjoy the outdoor Victorian patio by the fireplace. Families are welcome with their children's menu.
Come to New Smyrna Steakhouse for wood-fired steaks, prime rib, seafood, lobster and piggy back ribs! A lighter fare menu is served until 6pm, while there are also daily Happy Hour specials. They've received the "Star of the South" award for 3 years running for "Best Steaks!"
Cafe Heavenly has something for everyone with a Veggie Menu and even award-winning Soups and Chowders. Their juices are made with freshly squeezed fruits, while the homemade ice cream is their specialty! Also dine on wraps, signature sandwiches and paninis, as well as authentic Italian gelato.
Sonapa Grille invites friends and family for fine wines and great food mirroring that of Sonoma County and Napa Valley. They have a selection of delicious appetizers, fire-baked flat breads, salads, soups and yummy desserts. Their wines are hand-selected and listed progressively from lighter and sweeter wines to more full-bodied and complex wines.
Clancy's Cantina celebrates the flavors of Mexico and Southwest America with dashing combinations of corn, tomatoes, pineapple, squash, vanilla, chocolate, chilies, avocados, potatoes, beans, peanuts and other vegetables, fruits and spices. Check the website for weekly events, including specials and coupons like Ladies Night Out!
Merks Bar & Grill is home to Merk's Special, one of New Smyrna Beach's best burgers. Their wings are also famed, along with the sports enthusiast's dream: 70" flatscreen and 24 Hi-Def flatscreen televisions airing Sunday NFL Ticket, ESPN Gameplan, MLB Extra Innings, the Big 10 Network, Fox Soccer, Golf Channel, Speed Channel, ESPN Full Court and many more.
Peanuts Restaurant & Sports Bar is a favorite for weekly events like the following: Texas Hold Em' every Monday and Thursday, Comedy Auction every Tuesday, the great singing sounds of Nancy Hartline every Wednesday, the Pirates perform every Thursday, Open Jam every Sunday and more!
Off historic Canal Street Ring Gallery is a unique gallery with an old Florida feel created by using antiques and vintage items for displaying artwork. Displays many types of art including fine photography, paintings, jewelry, painted glass and other creations sold exclusively at Ring Gallery.
Janie's Indian River Bazaar is a clothing and accessories boutique for the elegant woman. Featured designers include: Frank Lyman, Joseph Ribkoff, Spanner Collections, Foxcroft, Scala hats and visors, Whiting and Davis clutches and hand bags, and handcrafted jewelry in sterling silver and semi-precious stones by local artists.
LoLo's Boutique brings big city fashions to the shores of New Smyrna Beach! Find fashions from Los Angeles and New York for all ages. Brands featured include True Religion, Hudson, 1921, Christopher Blue, Da Nang, James Perse, Velvet, C&C, Joes, Juicy, Central Park West, Mystique, Vince, Johnny Was, Electric, Sweet Pea, Blue Tattoo, Hanky Panky and custom jewelry by Lois Arnette.
The city is within close driving distance of two major international airports: Daytona International Airport (DAB), a 25 minute drive Orlando International Airport (MCO), a 1 hour drive There are two private airports that service New Smyrna Beach; New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport Massey Ranch Air Park. Transportation from the airport to Smyrna Beach should not be a problem. Cabs are available just outside of the airport and buses from Votran service the region regularly.