New Smyrna Beach…A Tale of Two Cities and So Much More!

An Enchanting Piece of History

Founded in 1768, New Smyrna Beach is one of Florida’s oldest cities. When you visit New Smyrna Beach, you can step back in time to Canal Street within its Historic District, which is lined with stately palms and architecture born of days gone by. As you stroll through this quaint and beautiful town, feel free to visit its old fashioned creamery, unique boutiques and antiques, as well as open air cafes and other delightful dining venues. Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach is also home to a history museum with exhibits showcasing railroad memorabilia, a rich surfing history and exciting finds from archeological digs. New Smyrna Beach is a popular place to explore ancient lands, including the site of Sugar Mill Ruins, which withstood two Seminole Indian wars; or enormous historic shell mounds which were fashioned by the ancient Indians who first settled this land. Top it all off with Riverside Park Amphitheater, which is located at the end of Canal Street right along the Indian River and the site of many festive events and live entertainment.

Lively and Full of Fun

But don’t let its sleepy little veneer fool you. You only need to venture to New Smyrna’s Beachside to increase the voltage. Flagler Avenue offers a more vibrant, beachy scene where there is always something exciting happening. There are the local haunts bursting with lively nightlife and live entertainment, an eclectic mix of shopping and dining venues suited to a wide array of tastes and styles and events throughout the entire year – including music festivals, seafood festivals and every holiday festival you can imagine.

There’s Even More, for Sure!

With its downtown bordered by the Indian River Lagoon and its Coronado Bridge crossing the majestic Intracoastal Waterway and connecting the mainland toward the west to its coastal beachside brethren, New Smyrna is virtually surrounded by water. Of course, New Smyrna Beach also offers glistening blue ocean water and sugary sand beaches which stretch its entire length. This makes New Smyrna Beach a playground for anyone who loves water sports of any kind, from paddle boarding, to kayaking, canoeing, Jet Skiing, tubing and waterskiing.

It makes it a paradise for boaters and fishermen too. New Smyrna Beach offers a wide spectrum of fishing charters, from inshore, to trophy bass fishing on the rivers, to saltwater sport fishing on the open water. There are also boat rentals so that you can simply jump on and cruise about until you are ready to jump off!

New Smyrna Beach is a place where beach bunnies rejoice, sun worshippers worship and everyone from the kids to grandparents dig their toes in the warm sand while gentle sea breezes kiss their faces and soft waves lap the shores. Plus, New Smyrna Beach offers beachgoers another great perk. You can drive right on the beach!

Ah, but the beach isn’t New Smyrna’s only claim to fame. This unique seaside community is also peppered with scenic parks. While Canaveral National Seashore may be the most impressive, New Smyrna Beach is also home to many smaller and just as beloved parks, including the dog beach at Smyrna Dunes Park, which also offers well-maintained facilities and a fishing pier and boardwalk; Indian River Lagoon Park on Sandpiper Avenue, offering a paved, three-mile-long loop for walking and a mile-long dirt trail that leads to a fishing pier and a bench with a great view for dolphin and manatee watching; and aside from Flagler Avenue Park with its pavilion, a brick courtyard, restrooms and showers, Esther Street Beachfront Park is another hard-packed sand beach that allows vehicle access. So, if you are in New Smyrna Beach, definitely go ahead and park it!

Or maybe you’d like to revel in a vast array of delightful and informative Marine Discovery Center programs for all ages including exhibit tanks, interactive and live shoreline demonstrations, kayak eco-tours and presentations by certified naturalists. If so, the New Smyrna Beach Marine Discovery Center is for you! Fiercely dedicated to the protection and restoration of our aquatic environment, The Marine Discovery Center is located on the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most diverse estuaries in the United States which is home to over 4,000 species and spans 156 miles of Florida’s east coast. P.S. and by the way, grant funding has also made a butterfly garden, nature play area and 29-foot observatory possible at this amazing aquatic attraction!

Don’t forget about the nights under the lights at New Smyrna Speedway, with half-mile oval track races every Saturday night and quarter midget races every Friday night!

You can also travel just a little north of New Smyrna Beach and just a little south of Daytona Beach to find Ponce Inlet and its lighthouse and museum. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Florida.

However you prefer to explore in and around New Smyrna Beach, in addition to all of the treasures you will find, you are sure to experience a laid-back, friendly vibe that will – without a doubt – warm your soul…not like you’ll need it with all the glorious weather!

Plus, New Smyrna Beach is only 20 minutes away from Daytona, with its world famous beach and nightlife, as well as the Daytona International Speedway, which is considered “The World Center of Racing.” New Smyrna Beach is also just a convenient drive to Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, all of the country’s most popular theme parks and everything else the exciting city of Orlando has to offer.

Velocity Clinical Research

New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, home of Velocity Clinical Research, are neighboring towns along Florida’s effervescent and majestic East Coast. If you would like more information about Velocity Clinical Research or becoming a clinical study volunteer, you can reach Velocity Clinical Research by calling 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.