Fall in Florida is the perfect time of year for a getaway to New Smyrna Beach. Florida’s year-round sun and warmth, coupled with indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy during your stay, come together to make a vacation to remember. With both air and water temperatures in the 70s and 80s, you can also enjoy land-based and water-based activities to your heart’s content.

New Smyrna Beach Escape Room

Spend some time indoors trying to get out! The New Smyrna Escape room offers six different themed rooms for you to test your deductive skills, solve the puzzles, and escape in 60 minutes or less to win. They recommend how many people it might take to solve the room and the escape rate for each. Patrons of all ages can participate, but those under age 16 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. They’re keeping patrons safe during COVID by closing rooms after a group has left so they can thoroughly sanitize for your safe enjoyment.

Turtle Mound River Tours

If you want to spend some time on the water rather than in it, try a river cruise. Turtle Mound River Tours offers fun, scenic, and fully narrated two-hour boat tours of the Indian River Lagoon. You and your group can kick back on a sunset tour, private tour, or small group tour and spot dolphins, manatees, and other marine wildlife. See the stunning view of the Canaveral National Seashore. You can opt for a picnic on one of the islands you visit or enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for fun activities in Florida.

The Spa at Venetian Bay

Relax and enjoy your fall getaway at the Spa at Venetian Bay. Patrons 16 and up can enjoy a visit that includes a massage, facial, body treatment, mani/pedi, or waxing. The spa offers several add-on services to help you feel totally relaxed to enjoy the rest of your trip.

Manatee Watching

Locals know the best time of year for spotting wildlife. If you visit New Smyrna Beach in late fall, make sure to stop by the west side of Mary McLeod Bethune Park to see the manatees. The cooler water temperatures of fall in Florida (approximately November through April) attracts these majestic mammals. Head out in the early morning for your best opportunity for spotting, when they’re out for their breakfast of mangrove leaves, algae, shoal grass, and other plants. Many companies offer boat tours specific for manatee watching.

Bob Ross Art Workshop & Gallery

Fall in Florida typically means beautiful weather, with highs in the 80s. If the sun is hiding behind the clouds or it’s raining, head indoors and learn the joy of painting. The Bob Ross Art Workshop & Gallery was started by Ross himself in New Smyrna Beach in 1992. There you’ll see many of Ross’s original oil paintings including his “happy little trees” and other details you may have come to know from the over 300 public television episodes of his program, “The Joy of Painting.” If you’re up for it, take a class at the workshop and learn Ross’s techniques for creating beautiful landscapes, seascape, floral, and wildlife depictions or take another class hosted by guest artists from around the world.

Deep-Sea Fishing

If the water’s a little chilly to splash around in, there are still plenty of fall activities that keep you close to it. Many boat charter companies of New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding area offer deep-sea fishing adventures. Head out in search of your next fish story or catch some fresh fish for a home-cooked lunch or dinner.

The Little Theater of New Smyrna

You can save Hollywood’s next big blockbuster for home. During your fall stay in New Smyrna Beach, you can experience a live show at The Little Theater of New Smyrna. Area residents volunteer to entertain their neighbors and guests in shows like ‘The Game’s Afoot’ – a mystery based on the main character’s love of Sherlock Holmes, or the popular ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams. The theater has shows frequently but check their schedule to make sure there’s something playing while you’re here.


Lace up your hiking shoes, grab a water bottle and your compass and head out. The many and varied hiking trails and loops of New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding area offer a challenge for all skill levels. Fall is perfect for hiking since the heat and intensity from the summer sun have backed off a little, allowing you to stay out longer. You’ll choose from trails as short as a quarter of a mile to over 20 miles, meaning you can fill all or part of your day. Also check out our houses for rent in New Smyrna Beach, FL for your fall getaway!

Scenic Fall in Florida

Once you’ve enjoyed the many indoor and outdoor activities in Florida, head back to unwind in a beautiful vacation rental by Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals, Inc. Enjoy the privacy of one of our vacation or long-term rental homes or condos. Choose a cozy one-bedroom for a solo or small group experience all the way up to a sprawling four-bedroom for a family vacation or reunion.

Call us today to start planning a fun-filled fall journey!