New Smyrna Beach Florida is a great little town where the locals live! It doesn’t get the big beach crowds like nearby Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach. We have visited NSB 3 times now, as I have a lot of family that live there.
What To Do in New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Spend the day at the Beach
There are a lot of great places to visit in New Smyrna Beach, but you’re there to be at the beach! You can walk down Flagler Ave. and see the beach there. There is also the dog beach Smyrna Dunes Park, this area is great at low tide in the morning for shelling! I highly recommend watching the sunrise at this location. It is sooo beautiful! I’ve also been to Bethune Beach which is nice because no cars are aloud down there, which makes it less of a worry when you have children. My family and I also enjoy doing yoga on the beach.
- Watch the Manatees
Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park- this is the ONLY place I have seen manatees in New Smyrna Beach. You can walk out on the little dock here & their is also a little playground for the kids. Many people rent kayaks & canoes from JB’s Fishcamp and paddle over here to see them up close. If it is mid November-March make the drive to Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, this is a spring that the manatees flock to, due to its maintained 73 degree water.
- EAT & Drink (You are on Vacation!)
There are SOOOO MANY great places to eat in NSB! The Taco Shack is a great place for cheap food.Try the taco salad! If you are looking for great seafood, their is the iconic JB’s Fishcamp. Locals head to McKenna’s Place, which is great for lunch. Hubby & I got to do date night one night at The Grille at Riverview and let me tell you the view is worth it alone. Make sure if you go here be prepared that it is more pricey and you have to sit on the deck for the AMAZING view of boats going under the causeway and of dolphins. The food was delicious though.My other favorite restaurant to go to has to be Norwood’s Eatery & Treehouse Bar. The upstairs is built around a treehouse! I’ve only had their dessert & drinks upstairs in the treehouse.Though I hear the food down below is very good!For DESSERT I really had my eye on Banana Split Republic, their ice cream looked amazing from the pictures. Though when we went up there, they said they were no longer selling ice cream! So at that I had to find a different place to take Nolan, so we went to Donna’s Canal Creamery. This place was REALLY good, it has the old diner charm yet it is super cute & decorated. Nolan picked out the Superman ice cream & I got blackberry. It was very good! You can see on his face how much he enjoyed his ice cream. LOL! This last time we visited I had to stop at GoJuice because I’ve been trying to eat healthier and at home i’m obsessed with making smoothie bowls. We got the Green Smoothie and I think the other one was strawberry something smoothie. They are known for their banana coffee, which I did not try but sounds definitely different. I will get it next time we return.
- Spend the day at the Beach
The Grille at Riverview’s View
Norwood’s Treehouse Bar
Donna’s Canal Creamery
4. Make the Trip to Blue Spring State Park
No matter what time of year it is, this place is great to visit. I felt like we were in another country when we got there! The place is so tropical with the forest around you. Then there is this great Blue Spring you can swim in, depending on the time of year of course. My family & I had a great day there & it was worth the 45 min drive from NSB.
5. Go Shopping
Canal Street and Flagler Avenue is the place to shop! Both streets have interesting stores and even have beach souvenir shops. Every second Saturday of each month Canal Street has a car show, be sure to check it out if you are in town at that time!
6. Visit the Sugar Mill Ruins
This is for the history buffs! This is New Smyrna Beach history & is free is visit. It shows how the sugar trade was done. There is a nature trail here you can take. This is a quick thing to do and should only take about 30 minutes.
7. Stand Up Paddleboarding
This is something I really wanted to do last time we were visiting & we just ran out of time! Paddleboarding is something usually done on the inner coastal waters. At this time there are 3 different places that rent out paddle boards in NSB.
This is surfer paradise! Surfers come from all over to surf in NSB & there is no better place to learn. There are tons of places here that give lessons & you can easily rent surfboards at local beach shops. Just be careful, as there has been a high amount of shark attacks in NSB. Supposedly its called the Shark Capital of the World.
9. Have a Spa Day
If you can manage to squeeze in some time away from the kiddos and can make room for some (well needed) R & R, head to The Spa at Riverview. Relax by the pool and waterfall as you wait for your massage or facial, whatever you want they have it all here. I also recommend their spa lunch. Don’t forget Mamas this is your vacation too & we all know you deserve some pampering.
10. Go Golfing
There are many great golf courses in Florida & New Smyrna is no stranger to them. I suggest The Preserve at Turnbull Bay. The course is beautiful with natural greenery & ponds. You can play 9 or 18 holes. They also have golf carts you can rent or choose to walk the course.
As you can see there is a lot of fun things to do in New Smyrna Beach. Don’t forget Orlando is only an hour drive and you could easily also head there for a day to visit Disney World or Universal Studios. Just north of New Smyrna is Daytona Beach and there are many things to do there as well!
Please share with me your favorites things to do there or nearby if you have ever been to the area! I love to hear yalls feedback! <3