Both National Geographic and Surfer Magazine have named New Smyrna a top surf town for its steady swell of waves that lap the city’s coast. Of course, if you don’t have any wave-riders in the family, there are other water sports, including scuba diving, motor boating, and fishing.

For a fun stroll on the sand, Smyrna Dunes Park has over two miles of elevated boardwalk and dogs are permitted on a section of the park. New Smyrna Town Beach is clean and family friendly.

The New Smyrna Museum of History gives visitors a look into the town’s past, including its time as a Native American settlement, a colonial “experiment,” and a longtime surf capital. The Canal Street Historic District is known for its restaurants and stores that capture recent culture. Little Drug Company, for example, serves fountain shop food like burgers and malts. The Crimson House wine bar is located in a home built in 1913 and has rocking chairs on its front porch to while away the time.

Beached Turtles

A Kemp's ridley turtle is carried to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean during a turtle release by staff members of the National Aquarium Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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