Local's Corner: New Smyrna Beach, FL Best Kept Secrets
Jun 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM in Things to Do
We sat down with with Sherry Taylor, owner of Discovery Map New Smyrna Beach, FL and asked her some questions about what makes New Smyrna Beach, FL special.
What are the best kept secrets/things to do off the beaten path in New Smyrna?
Great questions! For starters, I recommend:
-Going paddle boarding at Mary McLeod Bethune Park to see the manatees
-Mountain biking on the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail
-Checking out the monthly Wine Walk down Flagler Avenue
-Experiencing the many street festivals
-Checking out the dozens of public art murals that can be found along Flagler Avenue & Canal Street. The area is known for great scratch restaurants and one of a kind dining!
-Canal Street is also New Smyrna Beach's vibrant arts district (The Hub, Jane's and ACA offer a variety of art or music classes, monthly stroll & sips with gallery/artist talks, new installations, etc.)
-Heading to Norwood's Treehouse & Eatery, and garden eateries likeThe Garlic & Riverpark Terrace
-Tasting craft beer at NSB Brewing Co
-Enjoying a signature cocktail or tasting craft spirits at Sugar Works Craft Distillery
-Heading to the Ponce De Leon Cut for water-sports on the Intracoastal Waterway
-Island hopping the Intracoastal's scrub islands (camping permitted on some!)
-Learning to surf from a world renowned surfer Jimmy Lane at Jimmy Lane's Surfing Academy (just find the big blue bus on the beach!)
-Adventuring to Callalisa Creek paddle board & kayak trail
-Playing some golf! It's is huge here
-Checking out Canaveral National Seashore & Nude Beach
-Catching a rocket launch from the Spacecoast!
Where would someone find the best breakfast/brunch?
Brunch at The Bounty at Flagler Tavern (speakeasy with bottomless mimosas and specialty brunch menu) is always a good idea. You could also head to Wake Up Cafe for some Argentinian flavors and gorgeous plates of delicious food. Also, Don't forget Third Wave Cafe! Morning, noon or night, throw a rock and you're bound to hit a gorgeous plate of delicious food nearby.
What are the best places to hear music?
The best places for music are Beachside Tavern (NSB's only real music venue that books out large acts); JB's Fish Camp (on the water), Chases on the Beach (has a pool too!) and Flagler Tavern (huge dance floor) book weekend bands and entertainment.
What is the history of this place and what historic sites can I see?
One of the original Florida settlements, NSB was a failed settlement at that. Settlers are believed to have migrated to the more successful settlement of St. Augustine. Many historic sites dot beachside and the mainland hamlets: Old Fort Park, Turtle Mound, the town of Eldora, Bethune-Volusia Beach (historic African-American resort beach; water is more blue than the inlet; second greatest surf spot after the Inlet), Sugar Mill Ruins, Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, New Smyrna Museum of History & Surfing Museum, Eldora & Spruce Creek Park tie into NSB's arts' and environmental history.
What makes this place special?Seventeen miles of sandy beach, incredible food, a vibrant arts scene and the best locals! NSB is a trove of small town Florida charm.
Any other Recommendations for your area?
A million! Check out our Destination Page for more information.