The Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Area: An Exceptional Place for Your Clinical Trial

If you are planning on volunteering for a clinical trial, why not do it in an exceptional place? 

Location, location, location…

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? Would you choose to find yourself in a location with warm and welcoming weather – maybe 70s or 80s and sunny? Would you prefer a spot with pristine beaches, soft breezes and waves gently lapping the shores? Would you wish for an unparalleled array of dining choices, from open-air waterfront restaurants where you can dive into a bucket of shrimp and your favorite craft beer, to gourmet Italian fare, quaint cafes and breakfast joints with cheesy veggie omelets, fluffy silver dollar pancakes and steaming bagels fresh from the oven?

Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach are known for their seaside charm, and with eclectic seaside shopping, countless dining venues and a wide array of interesting things to do, they offer all of the above and more! The Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach area is a paradise with endless blue skies and statuesque palm trees lining its streets and leading to its causeways…a conduit to amazing events and adventures and home to beaches that take your breath away. 

Plus, New Smyrna Beach is surrounded by water on three sides, making it heaven on earth for fisher folks and boaters everywhere! Voted “Best Beach” by Orlando Sentinel, this area is also well-known for its wide array of water activities. 

Take a surfboard down to the beach and catch some waves or rent a jet ski and have a blast jumping them. Cruise down the breathtaking Intracoastal Waterway; kayak or paddle board along the Indian River; or simply spend the day lounging on the glorious beach with the clean, white sand tickling your toes. Whatever your choice, it will be the right one!

It’s also hard to believe that these charming little seaside towns could have so many amazing public parks, but it’s true; and while Canaveral National Seashore is the most impressive, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach are also home to numerous smaller parks, some of which include picnic areas, pavilions, observation towers with panoramic views, boardwalks and dog friendly beaches. 

While you are here, you can relax in one of many tiki bars overlooking the ocean, groove to live performances by talented, local musicians and enjoy the dynamic local nightlife. You also don’t want to miss historic Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. Belly up to the bar of its old fashioned creamery and have yourself a malted milkshake, delve into a tapestry woven of rich history at the New Smyrna Beach Museum or enjoy a mouthwatering meal almost anywhere you look. 

If you are looking for fancy fare, Norwood’s Eatery and Treehouse Bar is seafood staple.  Enjoy a majestic waterfront view from your “treehouse” perch while you munch on colossal shrimp cocktail, or dine downstairs on menu items such as mahi, shrimp, scallops and a petite crab cake in a beurre blanc sauce or classic Cajun shrimp and grits. 

If you prefer your menu saucy, chow down on an Italian slice of heaven at The Garlic restaurant. Start off with fresh baked crusty artesian bread slathered with roasted garlic. Then, if your bursting belt can take it, try their filet mignon meatball, but beware, it weighs a pound! 

Like your lunch lip-smacking? The “Retriever Roast Beef” signature sandwich with Gouda cheese, caramelized onions and cranberry-horseradish-jalapeno mayo at Yellow Dog Eats is dog-gone delicious. 

Want to do breakfast big? Wake up to a cheddar, bacon, tomato, avocado omelet or strawberry banana French toast at the Wake Up Café; or fill up with the locals on the French toast or pancakes, eggs and sausage or bacon daily special – all for under five bucks at Ruthy’s Kozy Kitchen.

Shopping hits the mark as well, whether you are hunting up antiques or prefer delightful boutiques. Then there is the Surf Museum (That’s right, we’re famous for surfing here too!); the Bob Ross Workshop & Gallery, which showcases many of this famous artist’s most lovely pieces; and Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, the tallest in the state at 175 feet. Or visit the Marine Discovery Center and take an eco-boat tour down the Indian River – the largest estuary in the United States!

If it’s the need for speed you are looking to fulfill, the New Smyrna Speedway offers a half-mile asphalt track that holds NASCAR Whelen All-American races every Saturday night at 7:30 from mid-March through mid-November; and if you want a “little” more fun, Little New Smyrna Speedway, located in the infield, races quarter midgets on Friday nights. There is plenty more great family fun too, from go-kart racing, to various escape rooms in nearby Daytona Beach to test your mad skills.

If that weren’t enough – and we’re just scratching the surface here – some of our country’s most popular destinations are only a convenient drive away from Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach…St. Augustine – the nation’s oldest city; Daytona International Speedway – the World Center of Racing; Cape Canaveral – which is out of this world; and all of the country’s most beloved theme parks. 

Another reason this area is the perfect place for your clinical trial is Riverside Clinical Research itself.  Riverside Clinical Research is located right in Edgewater, at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue. The Riverside Clinical Research facility is both award-winning and trend-setting in the field of clinical research and is fully staffed with veteran researchers, doctors and other medical professionals who closely monitor all clinical trial volunteers.

If you think you might want to join the dedicated professionals at Riverside Clinical Research to help to shape a brighter future and make our world a better place, simply call 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more about Riverside Clinical Research and our current clinical trials, feel free to visit our website. You can enroll to be contacted about studies conducted in your area by accessing the patient portal at as well. You can also email any questions you may have to