Why We Love Being a Research Facility in Volusia County

Volusia County isn’t just the location of Riverside Clinical Research. Its tapestry is one woven with rich
culture and history and it is simply bursting with incredible things to see and do, from seaside dining and
shopping, to tastings at wineries and trendy craft breweries, to hitting the links on nationally acclaimed
golf courses, to fishing charters, eco-boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding and so much more…
Let’s start with “The World’s Most Famous Beach”), Boardwalk and Pier. Volusia County is home to
Daytona Beach and the 23 miles of white sand that grace it. On top of that, Daytona Beach Boardwalk is
simply bubbling over with fun. You can opt for rides like the Ferris wheel, slingshot and a roller coaster,
try your luck at the arcades, take a spin on a go-cart and stop in one of many restaurants and bars along
the way. Plus, Daytona Beach Pier, extending 1,000 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean, offers free concerts
all summer long at its famous Daytona Beach Bandshell venue.
Daytona is also where the International Speedway is located – the iconic racetrack where America’s
most exciting racing happens. If thrills are your thing, you can also try Daytona Zipline Adventure on for
size; or possibly you would prefer to spend the day in Daytona’s thought-provoking and visually
stimulating Museum of Arts and Sciences and Planetarium.
Deland is also a great place to visit if you like interesting museums. You will find the Naval Air Station
Museum there, as well as the Deland Museum of Art, which offers captivating exhibits, videos, lectures
and workshops for all ages.
If you want to check the history box, try a visit to Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum in Ponce Inlet,
offering a one-of-a-kind glimpse into a fascinating seaside sentinel. At 175 feet in height, Ponce de Leon
Lighthouse is the tallest in the state and one of the tallest masonry lighthouses in the entire country. It is
also considered to be one of the best preserved and most authentic lighthouse stations in existence.
History buffs also won’t want to miss Sugar Mill Ruins, a 17-acre historic site containing the ruins of a
coquina sugar factory that was raided during both Seminole Wars. You’ll find Sugar Mill Ruins just one
mile west of the Intracoastal Waterway on Old Mission Road in New Smyrna Beach.
Speaking of New Smyrna Beach, did you know that Travel and Leisure magazine named New Smyrna
Beach one of the world’s “Coolest Surf Towns” or that the most recent Association of Surfing
Professionals World Tour East Coast event was held in New Smyrna Beach? Yep, surfing is a very big deal
in New Smyrna Beach…so big that there is even a museum downtown that is completely dedicated to
New Smyrna Beach’s surfing heritage!
If it is art that’s won your heart, you can certainly find your share of art galleries in Volusia County. Did
you know that Bob Ross was from New Smyrna Beach? It’s true! Along with a love of surfing, charming
historic streets and unparalleled beautiful beaches, New Smyrna Beach was home to Bob Ross – the
lovable hippie who won the hearts of television viewing masses…and where you can peruse his art
gallery and workshop. Filled with a large collection of his paintings and offering classes hosted by guest
artists from around the world, as well as books and novelty items for purchase, the Bob Ross Art

Workshop & Gallery is also the primary training site for Certified Ross Landscape, Floral and Wildlife
Instructors. Additionally, New Smyrna Beach is where you will find the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an
artist-in-residence teaching center where world-renowned professionals teach their musical, theatrical,
literary and visual artistry.
Now let me paint a picture of its beautiful scenery, because Volusia County certainly has that too! The
Indian River Lagoon, which runs through Volusia County, is the largest estuary in the U.S.A. Covering a
third of Florida’s East Coast, the Indian River Lagoon extends from Ponce Inlet in Volusia County to
Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach, Florida and includes the Port of Cape Canaveral. Impressive in its massive
scope, the Indian River Lagoon is made up of three bodies of water: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and
the Indian River. In addition, it contains five state parks, four federal wildlife refuges and Cape Canaveral
National Seashore. Northern America’s most diverse estuary, the Indian River Lagoon also provides a
bountiful home to more than 4,300 animal and plant species.
Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach is surrounded by the Indian River Lagoon and is a great
spot to visit as well. A staunch advocate of research, education and stewardship, the Marine Discovery
Center was responsible for properly restoring the marsh’s elevation and lagoon’s water level at this site,
as well as planting indigenous coastal aquatic plant species. The vast array of delightful and informative
Marine Discovery Center offerings for all ages includes impressive exhibit tanks, a 29-foot observatory, a
butterfly garden, nature play area, live shoreline demonstrations, kayak eco-tours, classes, camps and
lectures with certified naturalists.
Although we are just scratching the surface here, that brings us to the voluminous amount of parks in
Volusia County, including Tomoka State Park. Tomoka State Park sits on 2,000 acres just north of
Ormond Beach and is a favorite among Volusia County visitors for hiking, birdwatching, kayaking,
canoeing, swimming and fishing.
Now let’s go back to New Smyrna Beach, which borders the town of Edgewater, because Canal Street
warrants it. Historic Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach offers a beguiling mix of historic buildings,
unique boutiques, art galleries and tasty treats. Visitors who stroll down quaint, palm-lined Canal Street,
can soak up small town charm, Florida-style. Founded in 1768, New Smyrna Beach is one of Florida’s
oldest and most enchanting cities, and Canal Street is at the center of it all!
Then, of course, beautiful, inviting, alluring Volusia County is also home to Riverside Clinical Research,
conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater. The medical professionals at Riverside
Clinical Research are dedicated to advancement of medicine and discovering innovative ways to
prevent, treat, control and diagnose illnesses. To learn more about Riverside Clinical Research and the
clinical trials there, please feel free to 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.; or email your questions to info@riversideclinicalresearch.com.