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When it comes to fun in the sun, Florida offers many choices. For years, the savviest travelers have used a simple technique to identify the roads less traveled, yet most worthy of exploration. The key: Follow the Locals. They, more than anyone, can lead you to the places that are quiet and protected, beautiful and charming, fun, interesting and authentic. Greater New Smyrna Beach is one of these places. Year after year, Central Florida residents have voted New Smyrna Beach, “Best Beach” in the Orlando Sentinel’s “Best Bets” competition; telling, when you consider this is one of the world’s premiere vacation destinations, literally surrounded by world-class coastal options. An unspoiled jewel located 45 minutes east of Orlando International Airport between Daytona Beach and Kennedy Space Center, the New Smyrna Beach area still tends to fly under the radar of many. Here, you’ll find a laid-back blend of history, culture, the arts, nature and 13 miles of pristine white sand beaches. Greater New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new, subtle sophistication and bohemian soul, as “real” as Florida gets. It occupies a notable place in history as the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. The city is also recognized as one of the “ Top 100 Small Art Towns” in the US, home to numerous galleries and the internationally renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts, recently profiled in the New York Times. Other local attractions include 1830’s-era sugar mill ruins, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, which, at 187 feet, is Florida’s tallest, two marine science centers featuring hands-on discovery tours, and a host of palate-pleasing local dining options. While history, the arts and culture offer much, New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas of Port Orange, Edgewater, Oak Hill and Osteen are perhaps best known for outdoor recreation. Whether your idea of fun is relaxed or adventurous, it’s here. The area’s beaches are clean, safe, wide and uncrowded - perfect for sunbathing, bicycling, swimming, fishing and building sand castles. National Geographic Magazine has named New Smyrna Beach as one of the “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns,” and many recognize the area and its spectacular inland waterways as, “The Redfish Capital of the World.” Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and kite boarding are all popular. Accommodations range from charming hotels to quaint bed and breakfast inns, to a variety of oceanfront homes and vacation rentals. Condominiums are popular choices for families and extended stays. For more information, call the Visitor Center at 1 - 800-541-9621 or visit nsbfla.com. Discover for yourself what the locals have known for years.

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  • Baby-changing station, Restrooms,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers
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  • Official DMO Listing,

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SEV Golf Pass

Now - November 15, 2014
Get a great deal on golf while enjoying fun-time in the sunshine! Participating area courses will be offering discounted play rates during the final two weeks of Beach Weeks. *Call the specific golf country club to prebook your tee time using the code "Beach Weeks".
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Under the Sea Mermaid Costume Contest

October 25, 2014
A contest of fun and imagination at the Shoppes at Seaside Station. The mermaid costume contest will be open to all ages with several categories: Best Youth Costume, Best Individual Costume, Best Homemade Costume, and Best Mermaid Tail. Judging starts at 4:30. The Shoppes at Seaside Station is located at the east end of Flagler Avenue.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Sand Art Festival

October 25, 2014
Sand and water: These are the key elements in sand art, and something in no short supply here in New Smyrna Beach! With sand so fine, it squeaks when you walk on it and beautiful clear water, it is the ideal combination for a fun, creative day of sandy shenanigans! Amateur teams will consist of families, friends, co-workers and community groups. All competitors will create their own sand sculptures in 10' X 10' plots of cordoned beach. Prizes will be awarded for individual adult, child and team categories, judged by both professionals and local celebrity judges! Sand art professionals will also create magnificent sculptures, showi ...Read More>> g off one of our area's most valued natural resources! This is a free event, however spaces are limited, so please use the downloadable form on our website to pre-register. Walk-up registration available the day of the event until spaces are filled. Read Less
http://www.beahcweeks.com

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New Smyrna-Ween Spooktacular Surfari Surf & SUP Contest

Now - October 26, 2014
Catch a wave at this always-radical family-friendly amateur surfing event on the beach at the Flagler Avenue Beach approach! The spirit of this safe event is fun and beginners are welcome. This event features a costume division. It's free to enter as long as you're in costume. Winners are judged on their costumes and have to ride at least one wave during the heat. Winners receive $100 and generate plenty of laughs. Entry fees are $25 for one division and $10 for each additional division entered. All competitors get a free contest t-shirt and top finishers receive hand made wooden trophies.
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Wine Walk

October 25, 2014
A New Smyrna Beach tradition! Gather your friends and family and come unwind at Wine Walk, a progressive wine tasting along Flagler Avenue where participants can taste 20 of the more than 100 showcased wines, as well as attend art showcases and demonstrations (e.g. glass blowing) and shop along Flagler Avenue. Available with purchase is a "passport" for $25 which includes a keepsake wine glass ($20 with a returning official wine walk glass). Participating Wine Walk host locations include Toni and Joe's Patio, Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Traders' Sports Pub, Galleria De Vitro, Manzano&a ...Read More>> os;s Fine Foods, Gyftz, Clancy's Cantina, That's Amore, Café Heavenly, and Ta Da Gallery. Happening simultaneously to Wine Walk is the Gallery Group's Art Walk, which also takes place on Flagler Avenue but from 10am to 5pm. Art Walk offers artists showcasing and selling their creations, a register-to-win art drawing, and gallery guest artist demonstrations. The Flagler Avenue Gallery Group represents the Avenue's galleries and includes Gallery de Vitro, Jewelry of Joy, Palms Up Pottery and Ta Da Gallery. Read Less
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Michelob Cup Race and Regatta

October 25, 2014
The top event of "Boatoberfest" is the Michelob Cup downwind river race. It is a pursuit race with a staggered start for all boats that can navigate the Indian River. This is probably the most spectacular event of the year based on close quarter spinnaker competition.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Port Orange Lighthouse Half Marathon & 5K

October 26, 2014
There is no better way to spend a crisp, cool, autumn morning than running and there won't be a more beautiful run than through the streets along the eastern coastline of Southeast Volusia County. The Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon & 5K routes begin in Port Orange, just near the base of the Dunlawton Bridge. The half marathon route will take you south until you loop around the scenic Ponce Inlet lighthouse. When you cross the finish line prepare yourself for a great after party at our exclusive Party Zone!! This race will help raise funds for the ten public high school athletic departments in Volusia County. In our inaugural race in 201 ...Read More>> we raised over $20,000 for the schools. We hope to raise more this year! Read Less
http://www.beachweeks.com

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NSB Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

October 31, 2014
The 40th Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest will begin at the corner of Orange Street and Canal Street and will proceed east down Canal Street to the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The costume contest will begin immediately following the parade. Various age groups will be judged....including adults! Only homemade costumes will be judged and no pre-registration is required.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Beach Boot Camp (National Guard Beach Fitness Challenge)

November 01, 2014
Are you ready to challenge yourself the way our nation's finest do? Beach Boot Camp, hosted by the Florida National Guard will let you learn what it's like to "get fit" the Armed Forces way! Located right on the beach at Flagler Avenue, participants will be able to engage in variety of different individual fitness challenges, as well as a beach obstacle course based upon the actual US Army PT test! Run for fun, or compete in a variety of age / gender divisions (M/F, ages 12 and under; 13-18; 19-35; 36-50; and 51 and up). The course includes a shuttle run, pull ups, low crawl, tires, push-ups, and sit ups. There will be t-shirts ...Read More>> or all competitors and prizes for top finishers! Florida National Guardsmen will be standing by for "extra motivation", just in case you need any! Registration for this free event is on a walk-up basis the day of the event. Read Less
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Gallery Walk

November 01, 2014
Gallery Walk is the "go-to" event in New Smyrna Beach! The galleries to visit in the surrounding area are: Arts on Douglas, Harris House, Clay Gallery and The Hub. Expect to experience the coolest artists' studio/gallery/retail store you will ever set foot in and featured monthly solo and group exhibitions, artist talks and live music. The first Saturday Gallery Walk has become a community gathering spot for a discerning mix of art lovers, patrons and artists for over 10 years! Along with these events, don't forget the Farmers Market and Museum of History both on Sams Avenue.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Classic Car Show

November 08, 2014 - November 09, 2014
The Canal Street Cruise with classic cars will be from 4-8 p.m., on the second Saturday of the month. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly event offers food and entertainment in a historic setting.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Flamingo Follies Fine Art & Craft Festival

November 08, 2014 - November 09, 2014
Music and holiday shopping with over 100 artisans and crafters from around the state. Enjoy strolling along a five block span of shops, pubs and restaurants between the river and the beach.
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Hangar Hootenanny

November 08, 2014 - November 09, 2014
The Hangar Hootenanny 2014 to benefit NSB PAL will be Saturday, November 8, in American Aero Services' new location/hangar at the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Hootenanny attendees may enjoy food prepared by area restaurants, dancing, and a silent auction. The HOOT venue is home to a vintage air museum and restoration businesses. Vintage aircraft and projects will be on display, and a small museum also will be open during the event. Hangar Hootennanny will be held in the new American Aero Services Hangar (1501 Airway Circle, NSB) that houses a Warbird Museum and other planes under restoration. Tickets available at the NSB Police Department ...Read More>> $50 each or 2 for $75. Read Less
http://www.nsbpal.com/HOOT

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First Responders Weekend

November 08, 2014 - November 09, 2014
Attention Police and Fire personnel! Head to New Smyrna Beach for a weekend packed full of friendly competitions, family fun and plenty of time to meet other first responders from across Florida. Activities include Police Motorcycle Skills Challenge, Police shooting competition, Fire Skills competition, Hook & Ladder Night, Hangar Hootenanny (affiliated event), and first responders' beach parade.
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Rock & Roll Festival

November 14, 2014 - November 16, 2014
We will rock you - round the clock - cause… "We" all love Rock & Roll! New Smyrna Beach's Rock & Roll Music Festival has something for everyone - from Elvis sightings to 80's hair bands… we're even bringing grunge back! So prepare yourself for three-days of America's biggest export - Rock & Roll! The festival features scores of bands playing at multiple locations around town! Text "ROCK" to 71441 for a performance schedule. Admission is FREE, unless otherwise stated.
http://www.beachweeks.com

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Wine Walk

November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
A New Smyrna Beach tradition! Gather your friends and family and come unwind at Wine Walk, a progressive wine tasting along Flagler Avenue where participants can taste 20 of the more than 100 showcased wines, as well as attend art showcases and demonstrations (e.g. glass blowing) and shop along Flagler Avenue. Available with purchase is a "passport" for $25 which includes a keepsake wine glass ($20 with a returning official wine walk glass). Participating Wine Walk host locations include Toni and Joe's Patio, Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Traders' Sports Pub, Galleria De Vitro, Manzano&a ...Read More>> os;s Fine Foods, Gyftz, Clancy's Cantina, That's Amore, Café Heavenly, and Ta Da Gallery. Happening simultaneously to Wine Walk is the Gallery Group's Art Walk, which also takes place on Flagler Avenue but from 10am to 5pm. Art Walk offers artists showcasing and selling their creations, a register-to-win art drawing, and gallery guest artist demonstrations. The Flagler Avenue Gallery Group represents the Avenue's galleries and includes Gallery de Vitro, Jewelry of Joy, Palms Up Pottery and Ta Da Gallery. Read Less
http://www.nsbfla.com

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Gallery Walk

December 06, 2014 - December 07, 2014
Gallery Walk is the "go-to" event in New Smyrna Beach! The galleries to visit in the surrounding area are: Arts on Douglas, Harris House, Clay Gallery and The Hub. Expect to experience the coolest artists' studio/gallery/retail store you will ever set foot in and featured monthly solo and group exhibitions, artist talks and live music. The first Saturday Gallery Walk has become a community gathering spot for a discerning mix of art lovers, patrons and artists for over 10 years! Along with these events, don't forget the Farmers Market and Museum of History both on Sams Avenue.
http://www.nsbfla.com

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