Located at the mouth of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach serves as the gateway to the historic and picturesque Indian River Intracoastal Waterway and 13 miles of Atlantic Coast beach reputed to be the “World’s Safest Bathing Beach”. The area is 32 square miles and its population is 22,000.
Rich in history and sunshine, New Smyrna Beach is often referred to as “Florida’s Original Theme Park”. Bound at the south side of the island by the pristine 57,000-acre Canaveral National Seashore park and at the north end by Smyrna Dunes Park, with its 1.5 mile boardwalk loop around the Inlet area, nature comes alive here. Water sports abound, with some of the best surfing in the area and fishing that is absolutely first-class. Palm trees border Flagler Avenue, a true seaside beach street lined with quaint boutiques, surf shops and restaurants. Historic Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach has enjoyed a renewed emphasis on its old town charm.
Many historical and cultural sites also make New Smyrna Beach noteworthy. Founded by Dr. Andrew Turnbull, the city is named after the homeland of his wife, Smyrna, Turkey. From the Eldora State House to the Ponce Inlet lighthouse, the area is rich in history. It abounds from Old Fort Park to the Turnbull and Sugar Mill Ruins, where visitors can step back in time and track the city’s history from the 1500s to today.
Named one of the “America’s Top Small Cities for The Arts”, New Smyrna is home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists-in-residence community and educational facility, the Harris House, the Little Theatre and Arts on Douglas. A growing antiques trade will let you go “antiquing” to your heart’s content. It should be no surprise that the second oldest city in Florida is home to many antique shopping pavilions. If you have an interest in the arts, you will feel right at home here. The city is active year round with art festivals, gallery openings, adult and children's classes, live music and performances.