New Smyrna Beach is the second oldest city in North America that offers and interesting blend of “Old Florida History” that includes five local museums (Black Heritage Museum, New Smyrna Beach Museum of History, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Historic Connor Library Museum, and Edgewater Historical Museum); combined with seven Historic sites (Dummits Tomb, Eldora State House, Old Stone Wharf, Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse, Sugar Mill Ruins, Turnbull Ruins, and Turtle Mounds National Historic Site).
The Anchor Inn is located on the Northern edge of the NSB Waterfront Loop, an easy to black walk to Canal Street, local parks and marina. “The Waterfront Loop” is a six mile route that encompasses the historic mainland and the islands 13.2 miles of white sand beaches. Once on the waterfront loop the origin of the name becomes clear as it offers the most amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. The waterfront loop includes four distinct commercial areas; Canal Street Historic District, Historic Flagler Ave, the North Causeway, and Third Ave that offer dining, surf shops, boutiques, art galleries, and cultural entertainment and events year round.
Home to six art galleries; Arts on Douglas Fine Arts and Collectibles, Clay Gallery, Atlantic Center of The Arts, The Harris House, The Hub, and TaDa Gallery. Canal Street hosts a monthly art, wine and craft beer stroll first Saturday of every month; the third weekend of each month on Flagler Ave. These activities combined with the cities outdoor recreation has resulted in New Smyrna Beach being named as one of the top 20 beach towns in the World by National Geographic.
This alone would be enough to draw anyone to this charming community. However, New Smyrna Beach has also been named one of the Top 10 American Surf Towns by Surfer Magazine, with two surf schools and eleven surf shops. Surfing is by no means the only water sport popular in the area.
The area is a kayaking, Paddle boarding, and boater’s paradise. Offering fishing that is second to none. There are no less than eight fishing charters, whose services range from deep sea, shallow flats, freshwater or just observing the bottle nose dolphins and West Indian Manatees in their natural habitat. New Smyrna Beach offers a night kayak in Mosquito Lagoon where the water glows with the movement of the paddle. The light is produced when movement disturbs living organisms in the water producing a phenomenon known as bioluminescence. This adventure needs to be added to everyone’s buck list. The trip would not be complete without stopping by the Marine Discovery Center whose master guides lead eco-tours on pontoons or kayaks through the backwater lagoons.
Need for Speed
If faster adventures are on your mind New Smyrna Beach is no sleepy little town. Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers a 4-lap shot-gun ride along experience or a 15 lap shoot-out racing experience. NSB is also the closet beach to Florida’s well known amusement parks in Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach.
Other Things to Do In and Around New Smyrna Beach
Art enthusiasts: welcome to paradise! You'll find an endless supply of artistic expression: pottery, hand-crafted furniture, blown or painted glassware, painting, jewelry, prints, metal art watercolors, wood carvings and paper art. Chose an original creation as a keepsake of you special time. New Smyrna Beach also has nearby Golf Courses and Tennis Courts, Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Canaveral National Seashore, Day trip to Orlando or Blue Springs Park.
Experience leisure at its finest by swimming and beachcombing at New Smyrna Beach. Peaceful, clean and easily accessible, the thirteen-mile beach is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Come aboard a river cruise to take in the Indian River scenery while relaxing on deck.
For the more adventurous, surfing is the main attraction of New Smyrna Beach. We offer one of the best surfing spots in North America. Rock ledges a few miles offshore cause wave breaks perfect for surfing and prevent dangerous undertows. Beginners and experts consider our beach their first choice for catching waves. And the American Professional Surfing Association hosts a competition in New Smyrna Beach each year.
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Choose from water sports of all varieties. Jet ski, sailboats, sea kayaks, catamaran, windsurf boards, and ski boats are available for rental. Let professional guides share their expertise in deep sea fishing, saltwater fly fishing or guide you on the Indian River where you will enjoy some of the largest inshore game fish in the world, including redfish, spotted sea trout, tarpon and black drum. Fishing gear also is available for rent.
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