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Greater New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new, subtle sophistication and bohemian soul, as “real” as Florida gets. An unspoiled jewel, conveniently located just minutes south of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach still tends to fly under the radar of many. Here, you’ll find a laid-back blend of history, culture, the arts, nature, 13 miles of white sand beaches, and an unprecedented year round calendar of events.
The Greater New Smyrna Beach area boasts numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants, colorful boutiques, unusual gift and antique shops. From wooden bench casual to waterfront fine dining, whimsical bohemian to classy boutique, a variety of shopping and dining options await. Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy a leisurely stroll down historic Canal Street. Specialty shops, art galleries and fine dining can be found surrounded by tree-lined streets bordered with historic buildings. If you’re an art buff, Canal Street is known as the area’s “arts and design district.” Among the artists, you can also find dress shops, concerts in Christmas Park and even a Farmer’s Market in Old Fort Park on Saturdays. Third Avenue, known by the locals as “Eat Street,” offers over 20 venues, from casual to fine dining, as well as shops, bakeries and a variety of sundries. Flagler Avenue is a treasure of yesterday’s “Old Florida” ambiance. Boutiques, galleries and sidewalk café’s are plentiful, with some overlooking the ocean or river.
Deeply rooted in local culture and art, many impressive art festivals are held here throughout the year. The world-renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts draws aspiring artists in many disciplines from across the country to learn from accomplished artists. The Hub on Canal, housed in the building that was once the Palace Theater, has been transformed into a mecca of art, entertainment and discovery. The Little Theatre is revered for the quality of its productions, spanning from comedic farce to gripping drama, featuring highly acclaimed local and visiting performers. The combined galleries of Canal Street, Flagler Avenue and beyond, feature the work of hundreds of local artists, for viewing and purchase, and the buildings are as interesting as the art within.
This quaint beach town occupies a notable place in history, holding the distinction of the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. Not just for history buffs, New Smyrna Beach and surrounding area’s are home to many fascinating treasures left behind by original settlers, both British and Native American. The area offers many historical legends and artifacts as witness to its rich history. More than 30 historical sites, including two sugar mill ruins, the old Eldora house and Seminole Rest can be located through out the area.
While history, the arts and culture offer much, New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas of Port Orange, Edgewater, Oak Hill and Osteen are perhaps best known for outdoor recreation. The area’s beaches are clean, safe, wide and uncrowded - perfect for sunbathing, bicycling, swimming, fishing and building sand castles. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and kite boarding are all popular, with professional instruction for all. The eight golf courses through out the Greater New Smyrna Beach Area offer a variety of challenges for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Other area attractions include nature preserves for hiking, cycling and wildlife viewing, scenic river cruises, biplane rides, the Marine Discovery Center and the New Smyrna Speedway.
Accommodations range from charming hotels to quaint bed and breakfast inns, to a variety of oceanfront homes, condos and vacation rentals. For a full schedule of events and to plan your stay, call 1-800-541-9621 or visit nsbfla.com.