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  • jane sheldon hotel ruins
    jane sheldon hotel ruins
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  • cape canaveral national seashore
    cape canaveral national seashore
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  • old sugar mill ruins
    old sugar mill ruins
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New Smyrna Beach Things to Do

  • Cape Canaveral National...

    The last parking lot after you go into the National Park is where you need to park to get to the nude beach area. A word of warning, the parking lot fills up on weekends by 6:30 or 7AM at the latest---folk usually sit in their cars and eat breakfast or sleep until 9 or so when the sun gets up a bit more. The next parking lot is probably a mile or...

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  • jane sheldon hotel ruins

    located at old fort park is the foundation of the jane sheldon hotel. this fourty room hotel was built in 1859 and was shelled by union gunboats on july 26 1863. the shelling destroyed the hotel and all that exists today is it's foundation.

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  • old fort park

    old fort park is located on n. riverside drive across the street from the new smyrna beach city hall. this park is on a man made fortified hill that is believed to built in the 1500's by menendez de aviles. some historians think that this site was foundation of the andrew turnbull house who was the founded of new smyrna beach. even though it's...

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  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge....

    One of the most beautiful bird i saw in the park is the Roseate Spoonbill. A big bird of the Ibis and Spoonbill family that nests in mangrove trees and is very common in Florida.

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  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

    Close to New Smyrna is located this great National Park, a big park of more than 140,000 acres. Very rich in plants, birds, reptiles and mammal species, some of them listed as endangered by the the Us Federal governement. The place is great for observing wildlife without causing disturbance to the animals.

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  • mosquito lagoon

    the mosquito lagoon is a body of water between the mainland and new smyrna beach. the lagoon offers great fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing opportunties when in new smyrna beach. you can rent kayaks at j.b.'s fish camp. see their website for more information.

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  • turtle mound archeological site

    located at the cape canaveral national seashore is the turtle mound archeological site. turtle mound is a timucauan indian mound that dates back thousands of years. at fifty feet high it is one of the highest timucuan mounds in florida. the mound covers two acres and has 33,000 cubic feet of oyster shells. this mound was used as a navigational...

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  • cape canaveral national seashore

    located 7 miles south of central new smyrna beach on USA1A is the cape canaveral national seashore. there are 5 parking areas at the seashore to access the beach. the incorporated areas of new smyrna beach has been highly developed since the early 1970's and is lined with high rise condos. the national seashore shows the visitor what new smyrna...

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  • the beach

    of course the main attraction in new smyrna beach is it's beautiful beach. new smyrna beach is one of the few beaches in florida that you can drive on. there a number of beach ramps in town were you can access the beach for a small fee. pictured is the beach pavillion at the flagler ave. beach ramp.

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New Smyrna Beach Restaurants

  • Great Ice Cream

    Ads showing 50 soft serve flavors and 20 hard scoop flavors...we had to check it out-----got black cherry and mint chocolate chip===about $7 for the 2-----not bad for good ice cream---- ice cream, we're gonna get ice cream

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  • Local seafood

    We had the grilled Flounder (garlic mashed pots, cole slaw) and the fried shrimp/scallop combo (garlic mashed pots, green beans) ---recommended by our landlady for our 3 night trip....$27 for the 2 dinners and we had beers and sodas with that....nice and I would recommend easily... fried shrimp

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  • try the soups!

    Right on the waterway, JB's is a great place to watch the sunset, or to watch the dolphins that play around in the marsh. I have enjoyed the oyster bisque and the seafood chowder, and they have Wild Turkey 101, my poison of choice. The views of the marsh are beautiful and the food is good and fresh. They were playing Bob Marley last trip which I...

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  • Bridge Tender's Home

    I had hoped we could come for lunch, but when we were there in January 2005, this restaurant was open only for dinner. And the time we tried to come by boat, they didn't have room for us to dock at the marina.Formerly, the Hours of Operation wereMonday - Thursday11:00 AM - 10:00 PMFriday - Saturday11:00 AM - 11:00 PMSunday10:30 AM - 10:00 PMHappy...

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  • excellent seafood

    scott's bluewater grill is one of those pleasant surprises you stumble upon when traveling. it is located in the food lion shopping center on atlantic ave. sadly this excellent restaurant is now closed.

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  • NSB's only Wood Oven Pizzas

    The big attraction is the bar, and the beachy feel, plus the really nice deck overlooking the intercoastal waterway and mangrove forest. Laid-back and friendly. The bar is the big attraction, but PJ's also serves meals (just ok). What they do right is brick oven pizza and local musicians after 8:00. The pizzas are really delish with that crispy,...

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New Smyrna Beach Nightlife

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    old flagler house

    by doug48 Written Nov 11, 2007

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    the flagler tavern is located on flagler ave. in downtown new smyrna. a nice bar with a deck overlooking flagler ave. next door is the old flagler house restaurant.

    Dress Code: casual

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New Smyrna Beach Transportation

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    by susiemargare Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    to get to new smyrna beach, you can fly to orlando (60 miles) or daytona beach (20 miles).

    if you are driving to or from ORLANDO, avoid I-4 at all costs. it is crowded, slow, and frustrating, despite its appearance of being direct according to a map.

    the rental car places tell you that it takes only an hour to go between orlando and new smyrna beach, but because I-4 is under construction and congested ALL OF THE TIME, this is not accurate; it takes longer than an hour. it is far easier, and probably equivalent in time, to take a route that avoids I-4.

    FROM the orlando airport, i had an easy drive going --
    -- east about 5 miles on SR 528 (toll road)
    -- north about 25 miles on SR 417 (toll road)
    -- north about 1 mile on US 17/92
    -- east about 3 miles on SR 46
    -- north about 20 miles on SR 415
    -- east about 11 miles on SR 44

    SR 44 becomes the south causeway to the "island" side of new smyrna beach, then becomes 3rd avenue, then curves right to join south atlantic avenue.

    the tolls are approx $3 total. this route is very easy to drive, and much easier to drive than it is to describe!

    a second way, FROM the orlando airport, is to head east on SR 528 (toll road) and connect with I-95 north, to the SR 44 exit, then go east to new smyrna beach. i have NOT tried this route, but it looks simple on the map (however, i do not know anything about whether I-95 is crowded or under construction).

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New Smyrna Beach Shopping

  • beach clothes, bathing suits, whatever...

    this is an enormous store with beach clothes and bathing suits, and anything elsebeach-related that you can think of for men, women, and children.for women, their selection of bathing suits is terrific. especially nice is that their selection of women's ONE-PIECE suits is more varied and more extensive than anywhere else that i went. they have...

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  • many choices for beach clothes and...

    this is an enormous store with every type of beachwear imaginable for men, women, and children.they also have surfing wear, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sarongs, cover-ups, etc. they will put a free decal on a sweatshirt or a t-shirt that you buy; there are lots of decals to choose from.for women, there is a great selection of both one-piece and...

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  • why not pamper yourself for a few hours?...

    this quiet and relaxing day spa offers all kinds of body treatments, massages, facials, and manicures/pedicures. it specializes in services for women, but i think i remember that they have a few offerings for men too.when you arrive, you are escorted to a nice locker room where you take off your clothes and store them in a locker (with its own...

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New Smyrna Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • sharks

    new smyrna beach has the dubious distinction of being the shark attack capitol of the world. the ocean off new smyrna beach is the habitat of black tip, spinner, and bull sharks. normally bites are caused by young sharks and are rarely fatal. most of the attacks are to surfers near the ponce inlet. if you are concerned about shark attack swim at...

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  • proceed without sunscreen at your own...

    you need sunscreen ALL of the time. i took a 90-minute walk on the beach one afternoon during the second week in april and got sunburned (i wasn't wearing sunscreen and regretted it for the next couple of days!).

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New Smyrna Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • old sugar mill ruins

    pictured is the walking trail just behind the sugar hill ruins. this trail takes you through a florida palmetto hammock which gives you an idea of what the new smyrna beach area looked like in the mid 1800's.

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  • The Original Overhead Door of Daytona...

    I took this photo as we drove into New Smyrna. It seemed to be an early style building. It is actually Dunn Lumber, which has the Original Overhead Door of Daytona Beach and has been "Serving Volusia, Seminole, Orange, and Flagler Counties with building material needs since 1905.• Lumber• Windows• Drywall• Roofing• Commercial Hardware• Pre-Hung...

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  • Marine Discovery Center

    The Marine Discovery Center is a non-profit organization that conducts ecological and historic boat tours of the estuary. They also do the Sunset Inlet Tours which include wine and cheese and are $2.00 more than the regular tours.I think the historical tour might be the most interesting (I feel that we do our own ecological tour on our own boat...

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New Smyrna Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 845.2 Riverview Marina

    In addition to the old hotel (originally named Barber House) and the restaurant, this place also has a marina which can take boats up to 100 feet with a 10 foot draft.We attempted to get dock space here on the way north in April 2004, and they said they had no space. 2002 prices were 95 cents/ft. We have not stayed here. The URL is for the hotel.

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  • Blank at MM846 Formerly Municipal Marina

    This marina was COMPLETELY wiped out by the 2004 hurricanes. There is NOTHING there anymore. I don't know what the boats that were there will do now.(This marina had two transient slips - first come first serve, and there was no dockmaster or persons at the marina to help you tie up or answer the phone or whatever. One of the transient spots was...

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  • MM 846.1 Sea Harvest Restaurant Free...

    This prominant blue building is a landmark in New Smyrna Beach. Their sign says they have free docks. Previously I've seen shrimp boats on their docks. This time I actually saw a sailboat there. I do not know what depth there is at these docks.

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New Smyrna Beach Favorites

  • Settled by Greeks

    This stone commemorates the 1769 colony of Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scot, who had recruited 200 Greeks, 110 Italians and 1190 Minorcans to homestead his royal land grant of 101,000 acres. This was the site of the largest single attempt at colonial settlement in what is now the United States up to that time (eight vessels with 1,403 people). Dr....

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  • Connor Library Museum in Old Fort Park

    We went to see the now defunct marina and the "Old Fort" which we had seen briefly when we stopped here on our boat in the fall of 2000.While we were looking at the Old Fort, I took this picture of the library. A website about it says:"The New Smyrna Free Library (now the Connor Library Museum) was constructed by Washington Everett Connor in 1901....

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