Ocean breezes, sand, water – New Smyrna Beach has it all. New Smyrna Beach has adventures on both land and sea, indoors and out, for you to enjoy all summer and into the fall. Don’t forget to sample some of the area’s local cuisine, prepared for locals and guests alike by the best chefs in the area. No matter how you choose to spend your Florida summer vacation, there’s something in New Smyrna Beach for you to enjoy.
Beach and Water Activities
Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy
Make a splash with surfing lessons. Family-owned and operated, professional surfer Jimmy Lane and his staff will work with first-timers or advanced surfers to catch a wave with your own board or a rental. There are summer surf camps for the kids to keep them busy if you need to enjoy some adult time.
Stand Up Paddle Board
After you’ve had a surfing lesson, change the surf board for a paddleboard and oar. Area companies offer lessons and experiences for everyone to enjoy. If you’d rather strike out on your own, contact a beach gear rental company to see about renting gear and enjoy the SUP experience at your own pace.
If you’d rather be seated when you have a paddle in your hands, New Smyrna Beach has many companies that will take you kayaking. Paddle through the water on a guided tour, take a lesson, or rent a boat and paddle and strike out on your own to explore the waters of New Smyrna Beach.
Sea Dogs Dive Center
You won’t be 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you’ll go deep – down to as much as 80 feet salt water – with Sea Dogs Dive Center SCUBA diving. They offer a variety of diving experiences for the novice all the way to expert. Explore Florida’s beautiful reefs or marvel at underwater wreckage. You can even go for a nighttime dive! Non-divers, or ‘bubblewatchers’ are welcome for a small fee, space permitting. They allow spearfishing (and offer lessons) with a license, and lobster hunting during lobster season.
Explore the undersea world of New Smyrna Beach without going too far below the surface. Several companies offer snorkeling tours, many of which may include gear and instruction. Ask about trip length, including day and possible overnight trips. If you’re confident in your skills, you can rent gear from a beach gear rental company and strike out on your own.
Turtle Mound River Tours
After you’ve spent some time in the water and on the sand, head out onto the water. Turtle Mound River Tours offers fun, narrated scenic two-hour boat tours of the Indian River Lagoon. Take a tour via pontoon boat on the Indian River and Canaveral National Sea Shore around mangrove islands. Keep a look out for dolphins, manatees, marine birds, and many other species of sea life. Customize your tour by booking a sunset cruise, shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or even get married! There’s also a ‘family fun fishing adventure.’
Blue Voodoo Outfitters
The only bad luck you might come across here is not coming home with the catch of the day. Blue Voodoo Outfitters offers fishing charters and is based in the New Smyrna Beach area. Head out in search of your next fish story or catch some fresh fish for a home-cooked lunch or dinner. They offer shallow and fly fishing, inshore, near shore, and even out to sea to the beautiful reefs and fascinating undersea wreckage for an unforgettable deep-sea fishing experience. Depending on the experience you choose, you can look forward to a half day trip, ¾ day trip, or full day trip. For those headed out to sea, the Gulf of Mexico is home to several species, including grouper, king and Spanish mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna and many others.
Travel up over the water as high as 500 feet! You’ll take off and land on the boat’s specially designed flight deck as you soar to new heights. Many companies in the area take pictures and video of your flight, and some may even provide you with a GoPro so you can capture the experience from a rider’s point of view.
Locals know fall is the best time of year for spotting wildlife. If you visit New Smyrna Beach in late fall, make sure to stop by Haulover Canal to see the manatees. The cooler water temperatures of approximately November through April attracts these majestic mammals. Your best opportunity for spotting is in the early morning, when they’re out for their breakfast of mangrove leaves, algae, shoal grass, and other plants. You can also choose to take a manatee-watching tour.
If you want your New Smyrna Beach fun motorized, a jet ski is just the thing for you. Opt for a group tour around the area or rent a jet ski and follow your own path. Don’t forget a life jacket! Be advised that the State of Florida requires any driver born after 1987 to have a valid boater’s license or complete a temporary certificate online. The certificate needs to be with you whenever you’re out on the water.
A Florida summer vacation to a locale called New Smyrna Beach isn’t complete without a visit to, well, the beach. Grab your beach gear, pack the cooler and some snacks and head down for a day at the sand and sea. Work on your tan, take a dip in the shimmering waters of the Gulf, or rent some gear for activities like snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and more.
There are countless islands dotting the waters around the Florida mainland, but not many that disappear and reappear as the tide changes. The aptly named Disappearing Island is located at Ponce Inlet but is only available by watercraft during low tide. The island is a popular place for boaters, and locals and visitors alike will pack up beach gear, grills, and picnics when they head to the island. Some companies offer tours that stop at the island. In accordance with Florida law, patrons born after January 1, 1988 will need to acquire a temporary Florida boating permit before piloting a jet ski or watercraft.
Lace up your hiking shoes, grab a water bottle and your compass and head out. The many and varied hiking trails and loops offer a challenge for all skill levels. From trails as short as a quarter of a mile to trails over 20 miles, you can fill all or part of your day. Hiking is better in the fall in Florida, when you can stay out and explore longer before the heat of the day takes over.
Take a guided horseback ride along the beach for fall in Florida. Guide your horse on a tour along the sand and through the lapping waves of low tide with a beach tour from Equestrian Adventures of Florida. Advance reservations are a must since the company transports the horses by trailer to meet riders at the starting point on the beach. Rides are available every day, with a minimum of two riders and a maximum of five per party.
New Smyrna Speedway
If you can’t get to the Daytona International Speedway, there’s a way to get your adrenaline dose right in New Smyrna. The speedway hosts many nationally recognized races and is famous for its steep bank and high average speeds. Well-known racers like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, and Tony Stewart have burned rubber here. There are races throughout the year.
Canal Street Cruise In
Held every second Saturday of the month throughout the year, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., the Canal Street Cruise fills historic Canal Street with muscle cars, street rods, cruisers, custom, and classic cars and motorcycles. Up to 500 vehicles can be seen at some events. There is a DJ and Canal Street businesses remain open for shopping.
If you don’t want to take the four-day trip to Miami to watch the Marlins during your summer getaway, take in a minor league game at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona, the home of the Daytona Tortugas. The team is a Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds MLB team. If you’ve always dreamed of playing professionally, ask about their on-field batting practice experience: a 90-minute session with all necessary equipment provided.
The Spa at Venetian Bay
Treat yourself to seven different types of massages, eleven different types of facials, plus body treatments, mani/pedis, and waxing. Don’t forget to check out their many add-on services to complete your day of relaxation. There are even services tailored just for men who want to be pampered.
Challenge each other to a game of paintball at XPlex Paintball. “Regular” paintball guns shoot .68 caliber paintballs with a speed between 260 and 280 feet per second (FPS). Basic admission includes rental gear like the gun, full-face mask, paintball ammo container, and daily membership, but does not include paintballs. They also offer low-impact paintballs. Low-impact experiences use lighter equipment that shoots at lower velocity (220-240 FPS) with a lower impact on the target.
New Smyrna Beach Escape Room
Spend some time indoors trying to get out! The New Smyrna Escape room has six different themed rooms for you to test your deductive skills, solve the puzzles, and escape in 60 minutes or less to win. You can book a room based on how many people it might take to solve the room and the ‘escape rate’ for each, as well as room difficulty and age recommendations. Patrons of all ages can participate, but those under age 16 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
While you’re out and about enjoying your vacation, you’re bound to hear your stomach rumble. There are many fun and unique restaurants in New Smyrna Beach to satisfy your cravings, no matter what meal of the day.
Wake Up Cafe North
This family-owned and operated restaurants serves traditional American fare like pancakes, French toast, and waffles, as well as their famous Lomito a Caballo, a beef tenderloin steak, homemade empanadas, or another one of the Argentinian delights. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.
Burgers, sandwiches, seafood, an array of specialty drinks and a view of the water. The Breakers’ famous pink building is just steps from the sand. Enjoy your food in the dining room and bar or pull up a seat facing sand and sea.
Another family-owned and operated gem of New Smyrna Beach, Panheads Pizzeria offers pizza, flatbread, pasta, calzones, and other Italian favorites. You can heap on traditional toppings like ham, mushrooms, or black olives, or choose specialty toppings like artichoke hearts, hummus, or pulled pork. Appetizers include homemade meatballs or bread sticks to keep your taste buds entertained until your pie or other main dish arrives.
AA Garden Fusion
Featuring an assortment of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese salads, appetizers, Pho, rice, pastas, Pho noodles, Poke Bowls, seafood, and vegetarian specials, AA Garden Fusion sizzles the senses. Bold, exotic twists are added to familiar dishes and accompany traditional, made-from-scratch selections like spring rolls, traditional Vietnamese Pho, and pot stickers. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
La Terraza Mexican Bar & Grille
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, look no further than La Terraza. You’ll find Mexican favorites like gorditas as well as vegetarian selections. If you’re craving something different, try a house special like a taste of the sea with their camarones a la diabla, or the port milanasa. End the meal with a dessert like their authentic churros.
New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co.
After a day at the beach, you’ll want to head over to the New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. to find out what’s on tap. They offer seasonal pickings like Smyrna Spumpkin in the fall – a pumpkin/yam beer made from spiced pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They also have Chocolate Peanut Butter – a porter created with the aromas of peanut butter from a peanut butter and chocolate finish that won’t give you cavities. There’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for wine, food, beer, and a good time, include some time at Crimson House. They have a wine bar offering a selection of wine and craft beers by the glass. There is a variety of red, white, and specialty wines, snack plates and their newest addition – the Coronado Kitchen – which offers made-from-scratch foods to complement your libation selection while listening to live music.
If you’re looking for somewhere to hear some live music, let your hair down, and dance the night away, Beachside Tavern has you covered. Enjoy drinks, too! All shows are free and start at 9 p.m. You must be 21 years of age or older to get in.
Sizzling Florida Summer Vacation and Fantastic Fall in New Smyrna Beach
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