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Now that Momma To Go has been up for about a year and a half, some friends (and family) have asked about sharing their travel experiences with my readers. Today I am so excited to have a guest post by Heather, who I met through our work on the Hometown Tourist Project! Heather is a New Smyrna Beach Photographer, and she is sharing a guide to her hometown, as well as her gorgeous photography!
Of course now I have another place to add to my MUST-VISIT list!
A Guide to New Smyrna Beach Florida For Families
New Smyrna Beach is a little coastal gem situated along the east coast of Central Florida that many people have never heard of. Many people come for the small beach town atmosphere and others come to enjoy the surf.
Nestled quietly 1.5 hours away from the most magical place on earth and just south of Daytona Beach, it is a cozy little beach town that is ideal for families.
New Smyrna Beach: Beaches
Enjoy 13 miles of white sandy beaches that offer something for everyone. Whether you would like to coast down the shoreline in a convertible or find a quiet place to play in the sand.
Beach Driving is a big thing around here and you can access beach driving at several different entrance points.
- 27th avenue
- 3rd Avenue
- Flagler Avenue (most popular)
- Beachway Avenue
For $20, you can drive on the beach until sunset or 7pm from may 1 to October 31. Annual passes are available for $25 for Volusia County residents and $100 for non-residents. If you are local, I highly suggest you opt for the $45 annual pass because you will have access to Smyrna Dunes Park, Lighthouse Point Park and beach driving.
Best New Smyrna Beaches for families
If you have small children, I highly recommend going to a no-drive beach. Here are some of the best beaches for families in New Smyrna Beach:
- 27th Avenue Park
- Smyrna Dunes Park Access ramps 1 & 2
- Mary McLeod Bethune Park
- Canaveral National Seashore
Each of these parks have access to bathroom facilities, showers and do not permit beach driving. Dunes Park has a $10 entrance fee per vehicle and it’s a large state park with a long winding boardwalk. We love the inlet side, where the water calmly laps and there are rarely lots of people. We love evening trips to Dunes Park to watch the vibrant sunset and spot dolphins.
27th Ave is by far the most convenient beach for families. Beach driving ends here and they have lots of restrooms, changing areas and showers.
North Beach Community Park and Flagler Avenue are perfect for families who want to drive on the beach! Both are close by to each other and Flagler is an eclectic street that is lined with quirky shops and tasty eateries. Huge benefit to beach driving is that you don’t have to lug all of your beach gear down to the beach – just park, unpack and enjoy the beach!
New Smyrna Beach: Restaurants
New Smyrna Beach boasts some incredible local dining treasures. From quick bites to sit down dinners, there is so much to choose from.
Yellow Dog Eats is our go-to lunch spot on Canal Street. It’s colorful & quirky atmosphere pairs well with their mouth watering pulled pork sandwiches and wraps. Their pulled pork nachos will change your life!
Mason Bar is a cute little popsicle shop that serves fresh smoothie bowls, juices, gourmet popsicles and a smoothie called The Pink Flamingo that you HAVE TO try!
The Breakers is a New Smyrna Beach staple with stunning ocean views, incredible burgers and a location right on Flagler avenue.
Clancy’s Cantina is an NSB fixture with Flagler Avenue charm and Mexican food that will never disappoint!
That’s Amore is a delicious Italian restaurant by Flagler ave. And our 5 year old loves this place! The lasagna is amazing!
New Smyrna Beach: Culture & Things to Do
New Smyrna Beach is so much more than a weekend beach spot. As the second oldest city in the United States, just behind St. Augustine, it is sprinkled with rich history & culture.
Old Fort Park is high up on my list of things you should check out. Nestled inconspicuously beside Canal Street, sits a little riverside park draped in lived oaks. People drive by every day not realizing that it is the site of a mysterious coquina formation.
Sugarmill Ruins is a neat landmark to checkout, as you may have guessed, it is what remains of a 19th century sugar factory.
Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve is our favorite place to hike and go kayaking. It is a 1500 acre preserve that spans into Port Orange. One of the unique features of this park is the 50 foot incline with views of the marsh. This is a very large park that is free to visit, there are multiple entrances and parking areas to different parts of the park.
Callalisa Creek is perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking. LayZboard SUP and kayak rentals offer paddle tours and will even bring your rentals right to you!
Marine Discovery Center is a wonderful place for kids to learn about marine life and they offer kids programs, kayak tours and so much more. Their mission is to protect the Indian River Lagoon and educate the community about preserving one of the most biodiverse lagoon systems in North America.
Discover New Smyrna Beach
Your family will enjoy soaking in all that there is to explore and experience whether you are coming for a day, a week or never leaving.
Have you ever been to New Smyrna Beach? What are your favorite Florida beaches?
About the Author: Heather and her husband Jon are family portrait photographers based in New Smyrna Beach. They specialize in vacation portraits all along the coast and in Orlando. They are parents to a train-loving 5 year old and a cuddly chihuahua. When they aren’t at Disney, they enjoy beach days, coffee breaks and kayaking.
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