1 May 1999
Revised 8 Nov 2002

In-and-Around New Smyrna beach

Beaches - 13 glorious miles of Atlantic coast beach reputed to be the "World's Safest Bathing Beach". The beaches are open to cars, tides and weather permitting, from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Turnbull Ruins - the remaining structure of Dr. Turnbull's unfinished mansion upon which several other buildings were constructed and then destroyed.
Turtle Mound - a 50 foot high mound, containing 33,000 cubic yards of oyster shells, created by the Timucuan Indians. Visible 7 miles out at sea and historically used as a navigational device.
Canaveral National Seashore - twenty-four miles of preserved coastline. Home to many unique species of plants and animals. Nesting grounds of loggerhead sea turtles.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - 4931 So. Peninsula Dr. , Ponce Inlet - built in 1882 on the north side of the inlet, the lighthouse stands 175 feet high and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. It is still an active lighthouse. The Light Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Climb to the top for a view of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding area. Open seven days a week 10am - 5pm (last admission at 4pm). May 1 through Labor Day open 10am - 9pm (last admission 8pm). Closed Christmas Day. For information call 904/761-1821
Backwater Fishing - Mosquito Lagoon is a 21 1/2 mile long and 3 1/2 mile wide lagoon containing redfish, black grouper, speckled trout, tarpon, triple tail, snook, spots and Spanish mackerel as well of many others. Licenses, required for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, are available at the Courthouse Annex and sporting goods stores throughout the area. There are several public boat launch ramps.
Cruise Charters - enjoy the real Florida along the Indian River, a Maritime Highway rich in history. A lunch or sunset cruise is available. In the winter months, the Manatee, a protected species, can sometimes be seen swimming though the waters.
Surfing/Boogie Boarding - some of the best surfing in East Central Florida can be found on this coastline. The Eastern Surfing Association holds contests at the Ponce Inlet. Surfboards and boogie boards can be rented from beach concessionaires and local surf shops.
Golf - there are several courses here including Hidden Lakes at Fairgreen, 34 Fairgreen Av.: 904/427-4138, an 18 hole course open to the public New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Course, an 18 hole course with a driving range and pro shop, 1000 Wayne Av., 904/424-2192; Sugar Mill Country Club,a semi-private course with 27 holes and three courses, 150 Club House Circle, 904/426-5210; Turnbull Bay Golf Course,an 18 hole course with a driving range and pro shop, 2401 Turnbull Bay Road, 904/427-8727.
Theater - the Little Theater is the local resident playhouse, presenting plays year round at 718 Third Av., call 904/423-1148 for schedule and ticket information.
Stock Car Racing - New Smyrna Speedway holds weekly races. Daytona speedway is 20 minutes away.
Music - the Parks and Recreation Department sponsors free weekly concerts in downtown New Smyrna Beach during the summer months.
Bird Watching - Canaveral National Seashore - a protected bird sanctuary, provides the setting for some incredible bird watching. This is home to over 250 kinds of birds and animals, some of which are endangered species. The Great Blue Heron, Snowy and Great Egret, Tri-colored Heron, White Ibis, Willit, Sanderling, Ruddy Trunstone and Royal Tern are some of the species sighted in the area. (Nine miles south of New Smyrna Beach on Highway A1A).
Shell Collecting - this is a popular and rewarding activity for beachcombers. Some of the more common shells found on the coastline include the common Oyster, Pen Shell, Coquina Clam, Pearl Oyster, Southern Quahog Clam, Disk Shell, Slipper Shell, Lightening Whelk, Razor Clam, Calico Scallop, Great Heart Cockie and the Atlantic Auger.
Sugar Mill Ruins - the ruins of a 19th century sugar mill are located on Old Mission Road.
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