Explore a natural Florida with all of your senses: swim with dolphins, surf righteous tides, paddle amid bioluminescence and create your own beach safari. The Black Dolphin Inn offers an escape where the pleasures and practicalities of everyday life are elevated to an art form.  Food, sleep, comfort - of course!  But more than that, the Black Dolphin Inn offers a sense of belonging, or having a base from which to "explore" where daily activities revolve around the sun, sand and water.

Boating & Fishing

The Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Indian River Lagoon converge literally at our front door–there is no better fishing destination in North America.

  • Back Water Fishing
  • Off Shore Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Jetty & Inlet Fishing
  • Fishing Guide Charters
  • Marinas & Boat Rentals
  • Tackle & Bait Shops
  • Public Boat Ramps
  • Waterfront Restaurants
The Mosquito Lagoon spans the Indian River from New Smyrna Beach to Titusville, and overlaps both the Canaveral National Seashore and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. With over 167,000 acres between them, Mosquito Lagoon represents one of the greatest fisheries in North America and has been recognized as the 'Redfish Capital of the World'. Redfish and spotted trout are the primary target when site fishing the area. Tarpon, snook, grouper, sheepshead, black drum mangrove snapper, ladyfish, and the occasional shark are available - dependent on water temperature, depth flow, weather conditions, salinity level, and water clarity. Some of the best guides in the world call Mosquito Lagoon their home. Fly-fisherman, spin-fishing, and live-bait fisherman are all challenged with different scenarios that will surely test their skills.
New Smyrna Beach offers more wrecks and artificial reefs than almost anywhere on the East Coast of Florida. The Black Dolphin Inn is located approximately 3 miles from Ponce Inlet – which serves as a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Wahoo, dolphin, red snapper, cobia, grouper, sailfish, and various species of shark are just a sampling of the different types of fish that can be caught offshore. Private fishing charters and party boats are available from several marinas that are in close proximity to Ponce Inlet.
If you are interested in surf fishing the coast of Florida, the beaches of New Smyrna Beach are the perfect choice. There is an abundance of fish species that feed along our shoreline – including the beaches at the Canaveral National Seashore located at the south end of the island. Bait and tackle selection, proper gear, tides, water temperature, wind and weather – all play a critical role in targeting different species that you may wish to catch. And don't forget, a Florida Fishing license is required as a prerequisite to enjoying this great outdoor recreational activity.
Fishing from the jetties at both the north and south side of the Ponce Inlet offers a great way to target a wide range of fish that come to the inlets to feed. Common fish species that are caught off of our local jetties include sheepshead, flounder,mangrove snappers, redfish, snook, speckled trout and bluefish.

While jetty fishing is a great recreational activity, it is important that you exercise good judgment as jetties can be dangerous because of slippery rooks and fast moving currents. A good non-slip sole to your shoes, a knowledge of currents and tides, and being cognizant of dynamic weather conditions is critical to ensure a safe and fun fishing experience.
Fat Fish Guide Service
Contact: Captain Mike Mann
Email: mannsurf@yahoo.com
386-295-5991

Eldora Charters
Contact: Capt. Brian Clancy
Email: eldoracharters@ucnsb.net
386-409-7380

Fly Envy Fishing Charters
Captain: Nick Sassic
Email: captainnick@mosquitolagoonflyfishing.com
386-479-3429

Captain Scott MacCalla
Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River/Islamorada
Email: captainscott@mosquitolagoonflyfishing.com
321-795-9259

Fishing-Guy
Contact: Captain Fred
Email: myfishingguide@gmail.com
407-948-5035

Fish 'N Tripp
Contact: Captain Scott Tripp
Email: fishingtripp@cfl.rr.com
www.fishingtripp.com

No Pressure Charters
Contact: Captain Austin Pons
Email: nopressurecharters@gmail.com
386-566-0659 or 386-506-9211

Right in Sight Fishing Charters
Contact: Captain Justin Price
386-566-4687
www.RightInSightCharters.com

Below are biographies of some of the top fishing guides in the area:

Mike Mann 

My name is Captain Michael Mann (USCG Licensed) and I have over 20 years of fishing experience. I started fishing the lakes and rivers of Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama as a child with my grandfather who taught me the need to conserve our natural resources as well as how to understand the seasonal movement of game fish. I have been a fishing guide in Florida since 2000 after fishing tournaments for 8 years. I started guiding on the famed Stick Marsh for trophy Large Mouth when a friend of mine got me into shallow water flats fishing and the rest is history. Hooking a 20 pound Redfish in a foot of water is an awesome feeling with the sound of your drag peeling off and the water coming alive! There is nothing like it in the world. I am living my dream, come let me help make your fishing dreams come true.

 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide Rates:
Florida Fishing- 5 Hour Trip: $350.00
Eco Tours: $150.00

Florida Sportfishing Fat-Fish Guide Service accepts Visa & Master Card or cash. A $50 deposit is required at time of booking, refundable only if cancelled 5 days prior to trip date or due to inclement weather. Bring your camera & non-oily sunscreen (Bull Frog Sport Spray is recommended), polarized sunglasses, snacks, white sole shoes & a hat with a dark colored visor. All safety, licensing and fishing equipment is supplied as well as complimentary drinks. You are, however, welcome to bring your own tackle. We use XPS Bionic rods 7' medium action with Shimano Sahara 4000 reels and you will be fishing off of a Mercury powered Hells Bay.

Brian Clancy

First and foremost, when it comes to fishing, it's my livelihood and also my hobby. If I'm not guiding, you'll most likely see me out there on the lagoon fishing and/or scouting, making sure I am on fish, for you. This area became my home in the early 60's when my Dad retired from the Air Force and started his second career at the Space Center. His love for fishing had a long-lasting effect on me. Luckily, I've been able to fish in a wide range of areas, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Bahamas (Andros), Mexico (Yucatan, Mazatlan) Turks and Caicos, to name a few. As good as some of those places are, it makes me appreciate what a special place the Mosquito Lagoon is.

And the Mosquito Lagoon is special! The area gets a lot of attention from the fishing community. I have been fortunate to get mentions in publications such as Florida Sportsman, Sport Fishing Magazine and Fly-Fishing in Saltwater's and over the years did a few TV shows including Public Television, Sport Fishing Magazine, Shallow Water Angler, Fins and Skins, and Tarpon Bay Tales. All fun stuff, but the best part of my job is seeing my anglers catch fish and enjoy the Mosquito Lagoon.

I'm proud to say I donate to Coastal Conservation Association, an organization that's done much for our sport of fishing and am Tournament Director for the Redbone Celebrity Tournament held right here at the Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp, which raises money for finding the cure for Cystic Fibrosis. There is only one place I fish professionally and that's right here in the Mosquito Lagoon. My daily contact with these waters allows me to help my clients fish in a variety of ways using fly, live bait and artificials.

Equipment:  You'll be guided out on a flats skiff, an 18' Hells Bay Waterman set up with comfortable seating. For poling and sight fishing in the shallows here in the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon, it's the perfect hull, very quiet and with an extremely shallow draft. Light spinning tackle consists of Loomis rods and Shimano reels. Fly rods are Loomis rods and Abel reels.

Rates: 1 or 2 persons, $400, includes bait, license and tackle, ice and cold drinks (water, diet and regular colas) for 5-6 hours. Additional time is $50 per hour. For larger groups, a 20' Pathfinder is available for up to four persons. Please call for rates.

Call me to arrange extra guides/boats to accommodate you and your party! I will be happy to do so at no extra charge. To reserve your dates, a $100 deposit is required. I take care to make sure your day is secured with no foul-ups, the deposit ensures your day on the water is guaranteed. Your deposit will be refunded or used for another day, your choice, if I have to cancel for weather reasons.

What you should bring: Remember, it's always cooler in the winter and hotter in the summer when on the water. Dress accordingly for maximum comfort. Polarized sunglasses will help you see redfish while we sight-fish. I use Costa Del Mars but in a pinch you can get inexpensive brown tinted polarized sunglasses at most tackle shops, drugstores, etc. Soft soled shoes are a must. You must possess a current signed Refuge Sports Fishing Permit at all times while fishing on the Refuge. The permit is self-issuing and assures you have read and understood Merritt Island NWR's fishing regulations.

Please call 386-566-6303 cell or 386-409-7380 business, or email me at bclancy1@cfl.rr.com for more information.

Justin Price

Captain Justin Price has lived in the Edgewater/Mosquito Lagoon Area since moving here at nine years of age. He soon discovered his passion for saltwater fishing and has been fishing these local waters for well over 20 years.

He is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, Halifax Sport Fishing Club, and is the Vice President of the Mid-Coast Fly Fishers. He is also U.S. Coast Guard licensed, fully insured, and an authorized fishing guide permit holder for the Mosquito Lagoon, Canaveral National Seashore park and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge waters.

Capt. Justin is also a family man, being married to his lifelong partner, Miranda, and father of two children. Taking his love for fishing to a new level, he has founded Right in Sight Charters. You will appreciate Capt. Justin's professional manner, as he is equally at ease guiding experienced or novice adult anglers, as well as having great patience in teaching younger anglers the new skills they will use on their trip. He will go out of his way to make sure that your fishing trip will be a rewarding experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

He has guided clients from around the world in the back waters of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and the pristine grass flats of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon. From the early morning boat rides to your destination, you will be at a loss for words by the scenery and wildlife you will see along the way. Our area is home to some of the best fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing in the world. 

Captain Fred

Captain Fred is one of the top Daytona Beach fishing guides in the region. Since 1985, he has been an active angler, fishing daily in the waters surrounding New Smyrna Beach, including the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Banana River, Spruce Creek and Ponce Inlet. Captain Fred also has many years of international experience. His fishing adventures have taken him to many locales: the Bahamas, Cuba, Indonesia, Thailand, Madagascar, and several islands throughout the Indian Sea.

In 2000, Captain Fred became a professional fishing guide. He now earns his living by teaching others "the tricks of the trade" that he has acquired over the past 30 years. As an amiable and patient guide, he will ensure your day on the water is a success. 

If you are a novice angler, you will quickly learn how to use light tackle and spinning gear, including Shimano, Stradic, Substain and Stella. Captain Fred also will teach you about which baits to use: mullet, pinfish, or jumbo shrimp. Under his guidance, Captain Fred will make your first monster catch a memorable one! If you are an accomplished angler, Captain Fred enjoys sharing his knowledge and the techniques that he has accumulated over the years as a Daytona Beach fishing charter. He will explain how to read and use the tides, moon phases and currents to locate and land a trophy fish. For the expert, game fish will provide the challenge and thrill that you are seeking.

Contact Captain Fred at 407-948-5035, email myfishingguide@gmail.com or visit www.fishing-guy.com.

Fishin Cove Marina: 386-428-7827 
111 North Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach

Gerry's Marina: 386-428-234 
179 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach

Fish Store:
386-427-4514 
248 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach

North Causeway Marine Corporation: 386-427-5267 
4 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach City Marina: 386-409-2042 
201 North Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach
Cecil's Bait & Tackle: 386-428-2841
197 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach
 www.cecilsbaitandtackle.com

End of the Line: 386-424-824
6496 Turtlemound Road, New Smyrna Beach 

Fishin Cove Bait & Tackle: 386-428-6781
111 North Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach

JB's Fish Camp:  386-427-5747
859 Pompano Ave, New Smyrna Beach
 www.jbsfishcamp.com

New Smyrna Outfitters LLC: 386-402-8853
402 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach

Public Boat Ramps & Kayak Launch Areas


North Causeway Boat Ramp:
 Located on the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach, the North Causeway Boat ramp offers 2 boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic pavilion, playground and restrooms.

Swoop Site Boat Ramp and Parking: 
Located on US 1 across from the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, the Swoop Site Boat Ramp features 2 boat ramps (under construction) and provides 52 parking spaces for vehicles and trailers.

Mosquito Lagoon Boat Ramp: 
The Canaveral National Seashore Park, which resides on a barrier island at the end of South Atlantic Drive in New Smyrna Beach – is home to the Mosquito Lagoon Boat ramp with parking for approximately 30 boat trailers. The ramp is located just to the south of the entry gate and north of the Information Center

Hiles Boat Ramp: 
Located at 156 Hiles Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach, the Hiles boat ramp features a single concrete boat ramp perfectly suited for launching a canoe or kayak for those eager to navigate the County's beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. 

Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Boat Ramp: Located on South Atlantic Drive in New Smyrna Beach, the Mary McLeod Beach Park features a fishing pier on the riverside – along with a small boat ramp ideally suited for the launch of a canoe, kayak, paddle-board or small craft

Riverfront Park Ramp & Pier: 
Located at 1933 South Palmetto in Daytona Beach, Riverfront Park features a boat launch ramp, kayak launch, fishing pier, pavilion with grills, playground, 2 lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and restrooms

Spruce Creek (Kayak Launch)
3460 Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach, Just 5.9 miles from the Black Dolphin Inn - Offers a boardwalk, nature trails, observation tower, fishing pier, playground, and picnicking. 

Callalisa Park Boat Ramp (Kayak Launch)
Located on Callalisa Creek at the intersection of the South Causeway (Third Avenue) and Peninsula Drive, this small park is popular on the weekends. Fishing and picnicking are available. Just 3.1 Miles from the Black Dolphin Inn.

Turnbull Creek (Kayak Launch)
South of Mosquito Lagoon RV Park along U.S. Highway 1 in Oak Hill,  is a government owned primitive boat ramp. If you are looking for brackish water within Turnbull Creek, small boats can launch at this boat ramp. A sand entry with one lane is offered with 4 trailer parking spaces.

River Breeze Park Boat Ramp (Kayak Launch): 
Located on 250 H.H. Burch Road in Oak Hill, the 37 acre River Breeze Park offers a boat ramp, fishing dock, camping, pavilion, picnic area, playground and restrooms

Tomoka State Park Boat Ramp:
 Located 3 miles north of Ormond Beach, the boat ramp at Tomoka State Park provides access to the Tomoka River and surrounding tributaries

Lake Ashby Boat Ramp:
Located in the town of Osteen, the Lake Ashby Boat Ramp is a one lane boat ramp with an unimproved parking lot capable of accommodating 6 vehicles

Fishing License Information:
Please visit www.myfwc.com for for information regarding resident and non-resident fishing 
licenses in the State of Florida.
Goodrich Seafood Restaurant and Oyster House 
253 River Road, Oak Hill   
386-345-3397 
www.goodrichseafoodandoysterhouse.com

Dolphin View Restaurant  
107 North Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach 
386-402-8859 
www.dolphinviewseafood.com

JB's Fish Camp
 859 Pompano Ave, New Smyrna Beach
 386-427-5747
 www.jbsfishcamp.com

Inlet Harbor Restaurant and Marina
133 Inlet Harbor Road, Ponce Inlet  
386-767-5590
www.inletharbor.com

Down the Hatch
4894 Front Street, Ponce Inlet  
386-761-4831 
www.down-the-hatch-seafood.com

Our Deck Down Under
78 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange
386-767-1881 
www.ourdeckdu.com

Nature & Adventure

If water sports, nature, exploration and a sense of adventure are your favorite pastime, come discover the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.

  • Kayak – Light up the Sky
  • Zoom Air Adventure Park
  • Marine Discovery Center
  • Black Dolphin Paddleboards
  • Harley Davidson Rentals
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Daytona Skydives
  • Airboat Tours
  • New Smyrna Speedway
Kayak – Light up the Sky: 
Create your own light show as you paddle a kayak – at night- through the Mosquito lagoon which borders the Au Bliss. Movement causes the water to glow which creates a phenomenon called bioluminescence – in which light is produced naturally from living organisms such as fish and bacteria. When you paddle, shimmering streaks appear as if from nowhere.

Ponce Inlet Watersports
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 6:00pm (daily)
Address: 4936 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet
Phone Number: 386-405-3445
Website: www.ponceinletwatersports.com
Zoom Air Adventure Park: 
Located at the Tuscawilla Park in Daytona Beach , Zoom Air is a unique eco-adventure featuring 2 courses with 12 ziplines - that is fun, accessible and emotionally stirring. Zoom Air offers aerial adventures of varying degrees of challenge integrated into a natural setting.

Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 4:30pm (daily)
Address: 1000 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach
Phone Number: 386-569-3519
Website: www.zoomair.us
Marine Discovery Center:
Master naturalist tour guides lead eco-tours on pontoons and kayaks through backwater lagoons – which play host to Floridian wildlife such as meandering sea turtles, playful bottlenose dolphins, docile manatees, and soaring pelicans.

Hours of Operation: 9:00am - 5:00pm (daily)
Address: 520 Barracuda Boulevard, New Smyrna Beach
Phone Number: 386-428-4828
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org
Black Dolphin Inn Paddleboards:
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and Mosquito Lagoon in between, New Smyrna Beach is the ideal location for a variety of water sports. There is no better way to enjoy a view of what our community has to offer than to rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) and venture into these pristine environments on your own adventure. Watch for dolphin, manatees, sea turtles and many different indigenous birds which frequent our area.

Available for rental at our private dock:
Kayaks: Rentals starting at $15/hour
Paddleboards: Rentals starting at $25/hour
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Rentals: 
Take a walk on the wild side, by renting a Harley Davidson, Honda, or BMW motorcycle through Eaglerider Motorcycle and Tours – a subsidiary of Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley Davidson at Destination Daytona. Imagine riding a perfectly maintained motorcycle on a daily or monthly basis or take advantage of one way rentals or guided tours between franchise rental facilities located in the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.

Hours of Operation: Variable
Address: 1637 North US highway 1, Ormand Beach
Phone: 386-673-2677
Website: www.eaglerider.com
Helicopter Tour: 
Air Florida Helicopter offers a day filled with adventure and exploration of the most captivating hotspots. Indulge yourself in the beautiful sunsets of Florida or a journey flight above Daytona Zoo, Sun Splash Park, and Speed Park Motorsports.

Hours of Operation: Variable
Address: 8990 International Drive, Orlando
Phone: 407-354-1400
Website: www.airfloridahelicopter.com
Daytona Skydives:
Daytona skydiver’s experienced instructors accompany fledgling fliers on awe evoking plunges above scenic Dayton Beach areas – using Sigma Tandem parachute systems. Harnessed firmly to instructors, students leap from planes for a heart-thwacking minute of free fall at 120 miles per hour – with parachutes opening at approximately 4500 ft as customers waft down for up to 7 minutes before landing softly on a pre-planned location.

Hours of Operation: Variable
Address: Daytona Beach – by destination selected)
Phone:800-314-4067
Website: www.daytonaskydiving.net
Loughman Lake Lodge Airboat Tours: 
Gliding across the coastal waters of the St John,s River at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, U.S. Coast Guard certified captains lead airboat tours to sites selected according to the desires of each group. Gators sun themselves along the banks of the river , snakes side-wind themselves through this natural habitat, and eagles, hawks, and egrets hunt their prey along the shorelines of this majestic river.

Hours of Operation: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday thru Sunday only)
Address:1955 Hatbill Road, Mims, FL 32754
Phone: 321-268-2277
website: www.loughmanlakelodge.com
Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at New Smyrna Speedway: 
Enjoy a 4-lap shotgun stock-car ride along experience or get a 15 lap shoot-out racing experience. Drive authentic late model cars on New Smyrna Beach’s ½ mile short track or the rubber burning shotgun ride along with a professional driver. The Shoot-out Racing Experience allows participants to don a custom racing suit and tear around the ½ mile track like a professional driver. After 45 minutes of classroom instructions, drivers take the wheel for 15 invigorating laps.

Location: New Smyrna Speedway
Address: 3939 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach
Phone: 386-427-4129 or 855-227-8781
Website: www.newsmyrnabeachspeedway.com or www.racewithrusty.com

Water Front Loop

As the locals say “do the loop” and enjoy breath-taking sunsets, picturesque waterfront vistas, fresh seafood, shopping and live music–while overlooking one of the most diverse estuaries in North America. The nearly six mile WaterFront Loop gets its name from the views offered of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River and Atlantic Ocean.

Surf & Beach

The Ponce de Leon Inlet is one of the top surf spots on the East Coast, says Surfer Magazine. Add the friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food–Nat Geo's definition of the perfect beach town.

  • Jimmy Lane Surf Academy
  • Gnarly Charlies
  • Triple X Surf and Ski
  • Erie Surfboards
  • Rip Curl Surf Shop
  • Quiet Flight
  • Red Dog Surf Shop
  • Nichols Surf Shop
  • Richenberg Surfboards
  • Orion Surfboards
Jimmy Lane Surf Academy: Guided by the vision of Jimmy “Fast” Lane, this local institution has taught thousands of kids and adults how to surf for over 25 years. Jimmy is a professional surfer and certified life guard and was previously rated as one of the top 50 surfers in the world. Surf lessons are provided at the North Beach Park – with a focus on general ocean safety and the basics of currents, tides, and run-outs. 

1000 Live Oak Street New Smyrna Beach, 386-424-2175, www.surf-lane.com
Gnarly Charlies:  Charlie Hajek, a seasoned veteran with over 35 years of surf experience offers private instruction in addition to his Competition Surf Camp which teaches young and upcoming students (Groms) – the intricacies of strategic thinking and time management in surf heats to maximize scoring opportunities in a competitive surf environment.

386-690-SURF, www.gnarlycharlyssurfseries.com
Triple X Surf and Ski: Learn to Surf lessons (120 minutes), groups of up to 5 – beginners learn ocean safety, paddling techniques, board positioning, surfing etiquette and how to stand up and fall properly.  Semi Private Lesson (90 minutes) – Lessons with a pro surfer, help a maximum of 2 students master more advanced surfing techniques – ideal for those with previous experience. All lessons include board rentals. All lessons maintain a 5 to 1 student beginners to teachers ratio so participants can enjoy individual attention from their instructors – some of whom surf competitively.

169 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beachfront, 386 -947-9800, www.triplexsurfandskim.com
With over 20+ years shaping experience, Erie Surfboards can match you up with a stock board or full custom. Erie Surfboards takes pride in offering 100% American made boards of top quality materials with a hand picked manufacturing team.

220 Dale Street, Edgewater, 386-689-7873, www.eriesurfboards.com
Rip Curl Surf Shop:  Rip Curl's, which began as a simple beach concession and judging platform in 1976 – has evolved into a full blown surf shop and array of retail surf products, rental equipment, and water sport instruction. 

510 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beachfront, 386-947-9800, www.ripcurl.com
Quiet Flight: Quiet Flight, which is owned by Billabong – is ideally located on Flagler Ave in close proximity to the beach. The store features a extensive line of surfboards and surf wear. 

508 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beachfront, 386-427-1917,  www.quietflight.com
Red Dog Surf Shop: Opened in 1989, the Red Dog Surf shop retains its position as a core player in the New Smyrna Beach surf scene. Its business has matured over the years and features all of the major clothing brands and an elite group of surfboard manufacturers. 

801 A1A, New Smyrna Beach, 386-423-8532, www.reddogsurfshop.com 

Nichols Surf Shop: Founded in 1969, the Nichols Surf Shop is New Smyrna's Beach's oldest surf shop and has resided in a building that was built in 1910 and is registered as an historical landmark. The store features all types of water and recreational rental equipment – along with surf clothing and accessories. 

411 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, 386-427-5050, www.nicholssurfshop.com
Richenberg Surfboards: Randy Richenberg's company is among the longest running surfboard manufacturers in the field – having been in the business for over 35 years. His team of craftsman design and build high performance surfboards under his own brand – as well as labels for other well known surfboard companies.

424 West Park Ave, Edgewater, 386-428-8556,  www.richenbergsurfboards.com
Orion Surfboards: Greg Geiselman, surfing’s recognized leader in shaping technology -has produced over 18,000 boards since their company's opening in 1985. Orion Surfboards has developed a diverse line of high performance equipment in response to meeting the needs of beginning surfers to the advanced professional surfer. 

2056 Guava Drive, Edgewater, 386-423-0609,  www.orionsurfboards.com

Arts & Culture

Anchored by the Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna Beach is ranked in the "100 Best Small Art Towns in America." It's also the second oldest city in North America with more than 30 historical sites.

  • Art Galleries
  • Local Museums
  • Historical Sites
Arts on Douglas Fine Arts and Collectables:
Founded in 1996 by Doris Leeper, artist and Atlantic Center for the Arts founder and artist/benefactor Ed Harris, this facility is a commercial art gallery that promotes the work and careers of prominent Florida artists. On the first Saturday of each month, the gallery features a “free” opening reception for an artists solo exhibition.
123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach
386-428-1133

Clay Gallery: 
This unique gallery, located across from the Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent to the Harris House – features and sells the works of over 60 local and national artists who specialize in jewelry, pottery, glass works, and paintings
302 S Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach 
386-427-2903

Atlantic Center at The Harris House: 
Named in the honor of Atlantic Center trustee Ed Harris and his late wife, the Harris House has assumed a leadership role in providing art education programs for thousands of children, exhibition opportunities for fledgling Florida artists, cultural enrichment programs for adults, and expanded volunteer opportunities for local residents 
214 S Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach 
386-423-1753

The HUB: 
With 26 studio spaces, all of which are housed in the original Palace Theater – the HUB is home to over 65 artists representing a multitude of mediums from painters to ceramic artists, videographers to jewelers, fiber artists to sculptures as well as a few non-visual artists. Programs in art, music, crafts, the humanities,yoga, and dance are also ongoing.
132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach
386 -235-4140

Jonah's Cat's Art Gallery: 
Featuring the whimsical world of Samuel Rider, this artist haven features an eclectic mix of paintings that range from crazy cats, imaginative sea creatures, and wild and fun animals for your viewing pleasure.
220 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach
386-418-2150

TaDa Gallery: 
This gallery represents over 50 artists specializing in a wonderful array of pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oils, graphic design and stitchery.
113 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach 
386-428-1770
Atlantic Center for the Arts:
This is a non-profit, interdisciplinary artists' community and arts education facility providing artists with the opportunity to work and collaborate with contemporary artists.
1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
386-427-6975

Black Heritage Museum: 
For those interested in the city's African-American history, the Black Heritage Museum has a collection of artifacts that date back to the 1920's.
314 N Duss Street, New Smyrna Beach 
386-478-1934

Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art:
Curated art display of the largest collection of Florida themed oil and watercolor paintings in the world, dating back to 1839.
352 Nova Road, Daytona Beach
386-255-0285

New Smyrna Beach Museum of History: 
Showcases the beginnings of New Smyrna Beach dating back to when Andrew Turnbull and a group of Mediterranean colonist settled here to work the land.
120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach
386 - 478-0052

Museum of Arts and Sciences: 
Located on a 90 acre Florida preserve, this 100,000 square foot facility houses more than 30,000 objects – including the most complete Giant Ground Sloth Skeleton in the North America and the largest permanent exhibition of Cuban art outside of Cuba
352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach
386-255-0285

Historic Connor Library Museum: 
Originally the area's local library and the oldest municipal building in the beach area, the Historic Connor Library Museum – features displays on our local history including the Timucuan Indians, Minorcans, and early settlers of the region. 
201 Sams Street, New Smyrna Beach 
386-424-2196

Edgewater Historical Museum: 
This museum features Timucuan Indian artifacts, mementos of John Hawk (Founder of Hawk's Park) and Wilkinson family artifacts which highlight Edge waters earliest industry – saw palmetto berry medicine.
1108 S Ridgewood, Edgewater 
386 255-0285
Dummits Tomb:
This above ground tomb, located on a residential street in New Smyrna Beach – sits in a little island in the middle of Canova Drive. The street is named after actress Judy Canova who had planned to put a trailer park in the area . The grave belongs to Charles Dummitt– who was killed on a hunting trip when is gun accidentally discharged. Douglas Dummit, his father, buried his son on the spot where he was killed.

Eldora State House:
Located within the Canaveral National Seashore, the Eldora State House is home to a museum and a manatee research center. The Canaveral National Seashore is one of the nations 379 national parks and consists of 57,000 acres of pristine oceanfront and barrier island environments.

Old Stone Wharf:
Just 2 blocks north of the Black Dolphin Inn, in the 700 block of S Riverside Drive, is the Old Stone Wharf which is marked with a Daughters of the American Revolution monument. At low tide, you can see the ruins of 2 coquina piers, which are 45 feet apart and extend into the river approximately 80 feet. This was landfall for the early colonists and served as the center of commerce in the original New Smyrnea Settlement.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse:
This 175-foot lighthouse, A National Historic Landmark – is the tallest in Florida. Completed in 1887, it is one the best preserved and most complete light stations in the nation. Climb 203 steps to the top or visit the restored keeper's dwelling and other buildings – which now house many artifacts and exhibits on maritime and lighthouse history.

Sugar Mill Ruins:
Once a highly functional sugar mill, this 17 acre historic site contains the ruins of the sugar mill and other buildings – which were destroyed during the war between the Seminole Indians and the United States.> The Sugar Mill Ruins evoke a time long ago when the Seminole Indians fought the settlers – ending the areas molasses and sugar industries 

Turnbull Ruins – Old Fort Park:
At the Old Park Fort, the Turnbull Ruins are clearly visible atop a small grassy hill – which also provides a beautiful view of the boats across from the ruins in the Indian River. This coquina block foundation represents the colonization by Andrew Turnbull from 1766-1767. It is believed that he attempted to build his own personal mansion on these coquiona remains. The Turnbull Ruins are located at a main intersection on the river downtown and the Old Fort and Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach.

Turtle Mound National Historic Site:
This 50 ft tall mound, located in the National Seashore Park, is comprised mostly of oyster shells and is believed to be a refuse heap for a prehistoric civilization. Various trails end at the top of the mound providing stunning vistas of the park.

Black Fly

BlackFly Outfitter is a full service fly shop so simply let us know what you need in terms of tackle or gear and we'll have it at the Black Dolphin when you arrive or we'll ship it directly to your home or office. Look for us on the web at www.blackflyoutfitter.com or www.blackflylodge.com. Our phone in Jacksonville is 904-997-2220.

  • Blackfly Lifestyle
  • Blackfly Lodge
  • Black Dolphin Inn
BlackFly is a contemporary lifestyle brand created by noted artist/entrepreneur, Vaughn Cochran, that represents fly fishing, art and adventure travel all rolled into one. BlackFly comes to the Black Dolphin Inn as a fishing and marketing partner promoting the essence of the good life that embraces all of the attributes of BlackFly. The Black Dolphin Inn joins the family of other BlackFly properties, the BlackFly Outfitter Fly Shop in Jacksonville, Florida, BlackFly Lodge in southern Abaco in the Bahamas and BlackFly The Restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida.
The beautiful seaside town of New Smyrna and the new Black Dolphin Inn offers BlackFly clients another spectacular opportunity to experience quality fishing, expert guides, service, accommodations and many other amenities that will impress any angler on the move. The Black Dolphin Inn is also located just minutes away from our airlift partner Airgate Aviation which services BlackFly Lodge and other destination fishing properties in Abaco, Bahamas. No matter where you're arriving from, Black Dolphin and Airgate will see that you get to your favorite bonefishing destination in the most convenient way possible.
If you're traveling through North Florida and spending the night at the Black Dolphin Inn on the way to the Bahamas, or New Smyrna is your final destination and you intend to fish the famous Mosquito Lagoon, you never know who you might meet along the way. Many of our Florida fishing celebrities are using the Black Dolphin Inn to stage their fishing groups the night before leaving for the Bahamas. It's a great place to meet and why not start your fishing adventure a day earlier? Fish a half day in the Lagoon or just explore the local beaches before you leave in the morning.

Beaches & Parks

New Smyrna Beach has the longest stretch of public beach in the nation – and has been recognized as the #1 beach in Florida by a survey of over 50,000 readers of the Orlando Sun Sentinel.

  • Beach Driving
  • Beach Front Parks
  • Safety
New Smyrna Beach is one of only a handful of beaches in the state of Florida that allows motorized vehicles to drive on its hard packed sand in restricted areas. A daily fee of $10.00 applies per vehicle. Certain restrictions may apply as it relates to the type of vehicle that can be driven on the beach.

New Smyrna Beach - Driving Access Ramps

The tradition of driving on the beach in Volusia County dates back to the early days of the automobile. The hard-packed sands offer an opportunity to leisurely drive along the water’s edge from the north jetties, five miles south to 27th Street. The Black Dolphin Inn is located on the western shore of the Indian River and Intracoastal Waterway, and is in close proximity to several of the beach access ramps.

The privilege of beach driving includes responsibility, however, and there are some rules in place: please watch for pedestrians, sunbathers and wildlife; parking is allowed east, or seaward, of the posts; observe the 10 mph speed limit; drive with headlights on and at least one front window completely open; and, texting while driving is prohibited.

Make sure you check the tides before expecting to drive on the beach as some of the ramps will close at high tide.  There is a beach cam on www.volusia.org which will show you whether or not cars are able to drive due to the tides.

The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset, November 1 through April 30, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 through October 31. There is a $10 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach from February 1 through November 30. The following ramps allow cars to access the beach:

Third Avenue Beach Ramp (6 minutes by car) - Via Highway 44 South Causeway, drive 2 miles from the Black Dolphin Inn. Take Third Avenue to Live Oak; turn right to Lytle/Hwy. 44.  Turn right and follow the South Causeway past the Publix shopping area to the next traffic light and turn left at the Walgreens. Two more blocks and you are on the beach ramp.

Flagler Avenue Beach Ramp (7 minutes by car) - Take Riverside Drive north to the traffic light at Washington Street, turn right onto the North Causeway and drive almost 2 miles to the end of Flagler Avenue.

Crawford Avenue Beach Ramp (8 minutes by car) - Take Riverside Drive north to Washington Street, turn right onto the North Causeway, drive 1 ½ miles to Peninsula Avenue, turn left and go seven blocks to Crawford Road where you will turn right and in two more blocks you are on the beach.

Beachway Avenue Ramp (9 minutes by car) - Instead of turning right on Crawford, drive another ¾ of a mile and turn right on Beachway to get to the ramp. If you turn left and travel a mile and a half on the beach, you will reach the inlet jetties, which is a popular spot for surfers and fishermen.

27th Avenue Beach Ramp (10 minutes by car) – This is the southernmost vehicle entrance to the beach and lies 5.5 miles from the Inn. Take the South Causeway, as above, and drive to 27th Avenue where you will turn left to the beach. The area to the south of this ramp is traffic-free, so you have to make a left turn, on the beach, and drive north.

Pets are prohibited on the beach; however there is a Dog Beach at the north end of the island where parking is available at Smyrna Dunes Park, 2995 N. Peninsula. Here you will find a spacious sandy area with a view of the lighthouse across the inlet. Your puppies will love running in and out of the water and chasing sand crabs. This state park provides two miles of elevated walkways with views of various ecosystems within. There is a $10 fee per vehicle.

Flagler Ave Park:
This popular beachfront park includes a boardwalk, pavilion, restrooms, and landscaped parking area for approximately 60 vehicles.  The park is just off historic Flagler Ave, with its quaint shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Atlantic Ave New Smyrna Beach

27th Ave Park:
This park incorporates an innovative design that enhances the visitors beach experience and provides 114 parking spaces - with complimentary admission.  Park amenities include a basketball court, pavilion, boardwalk, picnic area, playground, racquetball court and public restrooms.
3701 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach

Esther Street Beachfront Park:
New Smyrna Beach's newest coastal park provides 45 designated off beach parking spaces and is located just a couple blocks from the Flagler Ave historic shopping district.  Park amenities include an extensive playground, walking trails, volleyball court, restroom facilities and pavilions.  
Esther Street, New Smyrna Beach

Smyrna Dunes Park:
Perched on 250 acres of pristine land on the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, this park is surrounded by the Indian River in the west, and the Ponce de Leon inlet in the north, and into the Atlantic Ocean to the east.  It's a unique environment that is home to a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation.  Explore the more than 2 miles of elevated boardwalks that wind through the principal habitat - sand dunes.  The park also features picnic areas, pavilions, and an observation tower.
2995 N Peninsula Drive, New Smyrna Beach (Dog Friendly)

Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park:
This 6-acre park between the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean has a boardwalk on the ocean-side and a fishing pier on the riverside.  In addition to basking in the sun and dipping your feet in the warm Atlantic waters, you can play basketball and tennis, watch kids play in the playgrounds or have a picnic.  The park features a pavilion, grills, picnic tables, and restrooms.
6656 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach (Dog Friendly)

Canaveral National Seashore:
Located approximately seven miles south of New Smyrna Beach, this is the northern beach access to the Canaveral National Seashore.  The park is a barrier island which features ocean, beach, dune, hammock, salt marsh and pine flatland habitats.  It's a beautiful, quiet place to spend your time.  There are numerous parking areas with boardwalk access over the dunes - along with a public boat ramp at the entrance to the park.  The park also has nature trails, lagoons, the Eldora House historical site and the Turtle Mound archaeological site.  
South Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach
  • Children should be monitored constantly on the beach
  • Take small children by the hand when crossing traffic
  • Sunbathing is permitted west of the parking area and east of the traffic lanes
  • Do not sit, lie or place personal property in the driving or parking areas
  • Alcohol, fireworks, pets, and glass containers are not permitted on the beach

Ocean Safety
Always swim in front of a lifeguard
Ask a lifeguard about surf conditions and rip current risks
Watch children carefully when they are in the ocean

Rip Currents
Rip currents are channels of fast moving water that can pull even the most experienced swimmers from shore.
If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm and do not fight the current. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current and then swim to the shore
If you are unable to swim out of the current, calmly float or tread water. If you are unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving or yelling for help
If you see someone in trouble, do not become a victim too. 
Throw the person something that floats 
Get help from a lifeguard or call 9-1-1

Jellyfish Sting
Jellyfish are common in the Atlantic waters and sometimes wash ashore. Jellyfish stings are rarely serious, but they may require first aid treatment. If you are stung by a jellyfish, go to the nearest lifeguard for assistance.

Lightning
Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from where it's raining. As soon as you hear thunder, leave the beach and take shelter in an enclosed vehicle or building. Stay off the beach for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Things To Do

New Smyrna Beach is full of opportunities to leave the car behind and enjoy the ambience on foot. You will experience historical discoveries, boutique shopping and eclectic art, along with numerous dining options. As you step out of the Inn, head north, on Riverside Drive, to explore and discover the charm and charisma that our little town has to offer.

  • Nearby
  • Activities
Strolling along the Indian River, heading north from the Inn, you might see kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats or the occasional mini-yacht heading out to the Atlantic Ocean. Just two blocks from the Inn, you will see a roundabout at Clinch Avenue where, on the river, best seen at low tide, lies the Old Stone Wharf Archaeological Site, which was considered the center of town in the 1770’s.

As you walk south, another few blocks toward the overpass, turn left on Douglas Avenue to find the Clay Gallery, with works from over 60 local and national artists; Arts on Douglas, with their eclectic mix of artwork, sculpture, photography and more; and Harris House of Atlantic Center for the Arts, providing arts education programs for children, as well as cultural enrichment for adults and exhibition opportunities for outstanding Florida artists. The galleries host a monthly Gallery Walk every first Saturday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The neighboring galleries and the shops on Canal Street also participate in this exciting event.

Crossing Riverside east to Riverside Park, you will find a children’s park on the river’s edge along with a boardwalk leading to the Brannon Center. From here you can board the H2O Water Taxi, which operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This method of transportation will take you to several stops at Ponce Inlet as well as the Riverside Grille and Flagler Avenue, home to many boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

Continue along Riverside where you’ll reach a small marina with a casual restaurant, Dolphin View, tucked away behind the Fish'in Cove Marine Supply store, where you can buy bait, fishing tackle as well as boat and pontoon rentals. The Pastime Princess also launches from this site for deep sea fishing and, if you’d like, back at the Inn, Chef Joe will serve up your catch for dinner.

Heading back over Riverside, to Julia Street, you will see the Old Fort Park with the mysterious, coquina-walled Turnbull Ruins laid out on a grassy hill. One needs to climb onto the top of the wall to see the surprise that lies within. Behind the Ruins you will find the original historic New Smyrna Free Library (now named the Connor Library Museum), built in 1901. 

Leaving the library, take Julia to Sams Avenue, turn left, walk a half block and you will reach the New Smyrna Museum of History…a treasure trove of anything you ever want to know about our town and its rich past. The museum houses many historical artifacts as well as interactive exhibits, describing the peculiar history of our town. Hours are Tues-Sat 10-4.

Every Saturday morning this area is taken over by the weekly Farmer’s Market, held 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Here you will find local farmers' produce, seafood, nursery plants, breads, bagels, pretzels baked at the market, along with creative local artists. 

If you are hungry after taking in so much history, Jason’s Corner, at Sams and Canal Streets, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or, cross the street and visit The Hub, New Smyrna’s newest artist community including sculpture, music, painting, ceramics, jewelry and many more working artists under one roof. If you have not received enough artistic culture with this visit, there are several more galleries along Canal Street.

Continuing west along Canal, make sure you stop by the Little Drug Company, a full service pharmacy with soda fountain and restaurant, operating since 1920. The minute you step through the doors, you will feel like you entered a time machine, taking you back to the 1950’s. Have a vanilla Coke, along with a grilled cheese sandwich or burger and finish it off with a malt, ice cream soda or sundae. Then, stroll up and down the aisles to enjoy products which might take you back to your childhood.

If you are lucky enough to be in town on the second Saturday of the month, from 4-8 p.m., the street is filled with hundreds of antique automobiles, most of which are in pristine condition and allow that 1950’s ambience of the Little Drug Co. to spill out onto Canal. The street is closed to traffic so enthusiasts can take their time admiring that 1957 Chevy they remember driving as a kid, or the old woody station wagon filled with surfboards heading to the beach.

As you reenter the 21st century, you might check out Panheads Pizza, on South Orange Street, just around the corner. Their selection of hand-crafted pizzas and refreshing beer choices, will fortify you for the trek back along the north side of Canal Street where you will find more funky shops, bars and restaurants including: Big Joe’s Subs, known for their cheese steak subs and huge selection of other sandwiches, located on Canal Street at the west end of your walk; Malony’s Oyster Bar, with a nice selection of Irish beers as well as fresh oysters, soups and sandwiches; Thai Mango boasting its fine cuisine of Thailand; and The Golden Biscuit, for a hearty breakfast or brunch.

Returning to the Black Dolphin Inn, you might choose to retrace your steps along Riverside Drive, or take one of the more residential streets like Live Oak or Magnolia to Third Street where you will turn left and return to the Inn on Riverside. (If you were to turn right on Third Street, you would reach the New Smyrna Beach Library where one might settle in on a rainy day and find a book in which to get lost.) 

Another 3 blocks south, from the Library, the New Smyrna Lux Cinemas provides first run movies followed by a relaxing 15 minute walk back to the Black Dolphin Inn. Just head east on Sixth Street to Riverside, turn left and take another three blocks back to the Inn for a refreshing drink on the porch.

Other ways to stay busy while you're here...

  • Turtle Mound National Historic Site - Part of the Canaveral National Seashore, trek up the boardwalk to three lookouts with views of the ocean and the inland waterways. The Mound is rich with Timacuan Indian history and is well documented along the way.
  • Eldora State House - While you are in the Canaveral National Seashore, stop by this stately house which was home to early settlers of New Smyrna Beach. Knowledgeable Park Rangers offer tours and are full of interesting tidbits about the history of the area.
  • Stay close to your social network; each room has complimentary Wi-Fi, high speed Internet access and an I-Home docking station.
  • Smyrna Dunes Park - Dog-friendly beach at the north end of the island across from Ponce Inlet and the Lighthouse. Take Peninsula Avenue north to its end. $5 admission to the state park.
  • Saturday Morning Stroll - After a great Full Southern Breakfast at the Black Dolphin, head to your choice of two Farmers' Markets. One is located just off of Canal Street at Old Fort Park on Sams Avenue; the other is at Norwood's Restaurant, on Third Avenue/Highway 44, just on the east side of the South Causeway Bridge.
  • New Smyrna Museum of History - learn about the history and early settlements of New Smyrna Beach and its ties to Scotland. Located at 120 Sams Avenue.
  • Love to Fish? Grab a complimentary fishing pole and catch a redfish, trout, snook or tarpon off of our private dock, located along the shores of the Indian River.
  • Hungry for Pizza? There are 5 pizza take-out restaurants within 1/4 mile of the Black Dolphin Inn.
  • Love to Read? The New Smyrna Beach Public Library is within a four block walk from our Bed & Breakfast.
  • Marine Discover Center - 520 Barracuda Blvd., just off the North Causeway. Learn about Florida's fragile eco-system and take a boat tour of the lagoon.
  • Like to Jog? A four mile loop starts at the Black Dolphin heading north to the North Causeway, where you will turn right; cross the bridge and turn right at Peninsula Drive; when you reach Third Avenue/Hwy. 44, turn right and head over the South Bridge; at the bottom of the bridge turn left on Live Oak Street, then left on Third Avenue to Riverside Drive and the Inn.
  • A Day of Shopping can be had on Canal Street with its many shops, restaurants and art galleries; as well as Flagler Avenue, on the beachside, which offers a selection of gift shops and boutiques for grownups, kids and pets.
  • Love Marine Life? An abundance of dolphins, birds and occasional pod of manatees will excite the senses, right from the comfort of your private balcony or terrace.
  • Enjoy a Pontoon Boat ride along the Indian River, where you might be joined by a group of dolphins swimming alongside. Ask us about Sand Dollar Charters, who will drop your boat off at our dock at your scheduled time.
  • The Little Theater of New Smyrna Beach - Located at 726 E. 3rd Avenue, this community playhouse offers new shows every month with a talented local crew of actors. Call 386-423-1246 for listings.
  • New Smyrna Speedway - For a reasonable admission, this NASCAR-sanctioned track offers the thrill of speed for all ages. Located about nine miles west of New Smyrna Beach, on Hwy. 44, you can enjoy asphalt stock car racing with the locals.
  • Daytona International Raceway - If you are interested in a tour of the famed speedway, travel approximately 15 miles north on I-95 to Hwy. 92 for an experience to remember. Several tour options are offered during the year.

Special Events

Located less than an hour from Orlando, Cocoa Beach and St Augustine, the town is blessed with bays, lagoons, and waterways for boating, fishing, and water sports. Wildlife and water are your constant companions.

  • Regularly Scheduled Events
  • Local Farmer’s Markets
  • 2016 Special Events
DOWNTOWN ART DISTRICT GALLERY WALK
Time: First Saturday of each month at 4pm-8pm.
Description: Live music, food, and drinks at the fine art galleries.
Location: Downtown Arts District (Riverside Drive, Canal Street, Douglas Street)
Information: 386-427-2903

CLASSIC ART SHOW WITH THE EAST COAST CRUISERS
Time: Held the second Saturday of each month from 4pm-8pm.
Description: Classic, antique, muscle cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Music and refreshments.
Location: Historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach
Information: John Varasso 386-423-4233 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH SPEEDWAY
Time: Held every Saturday night throughout the year at 8pm.
Description: Program varies weekly but features at least 8 different divisions.
Location: State Road 44, four miles west of I-95.
Information: NSB Speedway 386-4287-4129 

ART/WINE WALK ON FLAGLER AVENUE
Time: Every 4th Saturday of the month from 10am- 7pm. Wine walk starts at 1:00 pm
Description: Painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass blowing, children’s activities, and entertainment.
Location: Flagler Ave Historic District
Information: 386-428-1770

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Time: Every Sunday night at 7pm.
Location: Riverside Park - Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach
Description: Free live concerts- bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Information: NSB Parks and Recreation Department 386-424-2175
"THE ORIGINAL" NEW SMYRNA BEACH FARMER'S MARKET
Time: – Every Saturday from 7am-12:30 pm.
Location: 115 Canal Street (Old Fort Park and City Hall), New Smyrna Beach
Description: Local farmers produce, nursery plants, fresh caught seafood, bakery goods, international inspired foods
Information: 404-429 -5524

FARMER'S MARKET AT NORWOOD'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Time: Every Saturday from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 400 E 2nd Ave, New Smyrna Beach, 32169
Description: A variety of vegetables and organic fruits, orchids, artesian breads, fresh juices and local seafood
Information: 561-914-3000

EDGEWATER FARMER'S MARKET
Time: Every Saturday (weather permitting) – 8:00am -2:00pm
Location: Hawks Park – 1108 S Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater
Description: Local organic produce, fresh roasted coffee, wild ocean shrimp, and local farm products
Information: 386-424-2485

OAK HILL FARMER'S FLEA MARKET
Time: Every Saturday and Sunday – 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: South on US 1 into Oak Hill, will be on left.
Description: Unique custom crafts, local farm produce and everything in between
Information: 386-345-3570

VOLUSIA COUNTY WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET

Time: Every Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: 3050 E. New York Avenue, DeLand
Description: One of the largest and longest-running markets in Florida
Information: 386-734-1612
2016 Special Events:
JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY
Time:  July 4, 2016
Description: More info to come on celebrating the Fourth of July at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information:  Call 386-410-4868

SHRIMP AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Time
:  August 4, 2016, 5-9 p.m.
Description: Seafood favorites from the best of Volusia County restaurants
Location: Flagler Avenue
Informationwww.flaglerave.com

CANAL STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT CRAFT BEER WALK
Time
: August 6, 2016, 1-7 p.m.
Description: Sample craft beers along historic Canal Street
Location: Canal Street
Information: www.canalstreetnsb.com

SEPTEMBER 5 LABOR DAY
Time
:  September 1, 2016
Description: More info to come on celebrating Labor Day at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information:  Call 386-410-4868

BILLFISH INVITATIONAL AND BACKWATER & BLUEWATER TOURNAMENTS
Time
:  September 25-28, 2016
Description: Largest fall fishing tournament in New Smyrna Beach
Location: Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach
Information:  www.nsbbi.com

NEW SMYRNA BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Time
:  September 23, 2016, multiple times
Description: Enjoy an all jazz weekend in New Smyrna Beach
Location: Multiple locations and times along Flagler, Canal and Third Avenues
Information:  www.newsmyrnabeachjazzfestival.com

25th ANNUAL SENIOR GAMES
Time:
  September 30 - October 9, 2016, multiple times
Description: Activities for Over 50 include shuffleboard, basketball, track and field and more
Location: Multiple locations through Parks & Recreation Departments
Information:  www.cityofnsb.com

OCTOBER 13 COLUMBUS DAY
Time
:  October 10, 2016
Description: More info to come on celebrating Columbus Day at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information:  Call 386-410-4868

22ND ANNUAL BIKETOBERFEST 2015
Time
: October 13-16, 2016
Description: An international event for motorcycle enthusiasts that includes races, charity rides, street festival and expos.
Location: Several Venues in Daytona Beach
Information: 386-255-0415 or www.biketoberfest.org

PROJECT PINK/CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL AND CHILI COOKOFF
Time
: October 14, 2016
Description: Craft Beer tasting and Chili sampling, walk along Flagler Avenue
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-428-1600

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SURF CONTEST
Time
: October 25, 26, 2016
Description: Surfing contest including Halloween costume judging
Location: On the beach at the Flagler Avenue approach, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-314-9322 or www.smyrnasurfariclub.org

FLAMINGO FOLLIES
Time
: November 12, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description: Holiday art show with over 100 artisans and crafters
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-424-2175

FLORIDA SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Time:
November 7-8
Description: Discover Florida's surf culture through film and artistic expression.
Location: Atlantic Center of the Arts, 1414 Arts Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach
Information: www.floridasurffilmfestival.com/

VETERANS DAY
Time:
November 11, 2016
Description: Celebrate Veterans Day with a visit to a National Park, offering free admission
Location: Canaveral National Seashore National Park, 7611 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-428-3384 or visit www.nps.gov

NSB ROCK & ROLL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Time:
November 4-6, 2016
Description: Scores of bands playing multiple venues throughout NSB
Location: Multiple venues and times on Flagler, Canal and Third
Information: www.partyonflagler.com

FALL SIDEWALK SALE
Time
: November 12, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description: Merchants offer sidewalk sales in front of their seaside shops.
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-427-2256 or www.flaglerave.com

THANKSGIVING DAY
Time:
November 24, 2016
Description:
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information: Call the Black Dolphin Inn at 386-410-4868

SPARK THE SPIRIT
Time
: November 25, 2016, 5-7:30 p.m.
Description: Christmas Tree lighting on Canal Street, music, horse-drawn carriage rides
Location: Canal Street, Historic Downtown, New Smyrna Beach
Information: www.christmasoncanalstreet.com

COASTAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
Time:
TBA
Description: Handmade gifts offered in a hometown holiday setting, live entertainment, children's activities
Location: NSB Waterfront LOOP and Historic District on Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach
Information: www.christmasoncanalstreet.com

NORWOOD'S 17TH ANNUAL WINE FESTIVAL
Time: December 5-7
Description: Wine, food, beer, spirits and music at Norwood's Wine Festival
Location: 400 E. 2nd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-428-4621 or www.norwoods.com

BERT FISH FOUNDATION LIGHTS OF LOVE
Time:
December TBA, 5-7 p.m.
Description: Lighting of the Christmas Tree on top of the Bert Fish Hospital
Location: Bert Fish Medical Center, 401 Palmetto Street, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-424-5015

25TH ANNUAL LIGHT UP FLAGLER
Time
: December 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Description: Strolling carolers, open house refreshments and lighting of Flagler Avenue merchants' windows
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-427-2256

ANNUAL IMAGES HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES
Time
: December TBA, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Description: Fundraiser for the IMAGES Festival of the Arts
Location: Various New Smyrna Beach homes including the Black Dolphin Inn which is being featured as as the "New" business of the year
Information: 386-410-4868

FLAGLER CHRISTMAS & BOAT PARADE
Time
: December 6, 4 p.m.
Description: Holiday parade from Flagler beach approach to Canal Street, boat parade afterwards on Intercoastal
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: 386-428-1600

EDGEWATER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Time
: December 10, 10 a.m.
Description: Annual Christmas parade in Edgewater
Location: SR 442 and Air Park Road continuing east to US1
Information: 386-424-2485

NEW SMYRNA BEACH B&B TOUR AND TASTE
Time
: December TBA, 2-4 p.m.
Description: Annual tour of Bed & Breakfasts in New Smyrna Beach, including the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Various locations in New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call the Black Dolphin Inn, 386-410-4868

CHRISTMAS DAY
Time
: December 25
Description:
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information: Call the Black Dolphin Inn at 386-410-4868

NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
Time:
December 31
Description: Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Black Dolphin Inn (Details to follow)
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information: Call the Black Dolphin Inn at 386-410-4868

FIREWORKS AND NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY ON FLAGLER
Time
: December 31, 9:00 p.m.
Description: Fireworks and New Year's Eve celebration
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: www.partyonflagler.com

2017 Special Events:

GO DOG GO 5K
Time:
January TBA, 8 a.m.
Description: Seventh annual Dog Dash and Pet Walk
Location: 440 E. Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-428-9860 or visit http://www.racesmith.com/races/GoDogGo5K.html

5TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW & BUSINESS EXPO
Time:
January 6-8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Description: SE Volusia Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, Retail Booths, Entertainment
Location: Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-428-2449

IMAGES - A FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Time:
January 27, 28, 29, 2017
Description: A judged and juried fine art festival featuring more than 200 artists from around the world
Location: Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-423-4733 or visit www.ImagesArtFestival.org

25th ANNUAL BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Time: February TBA
Description
: Live music & entertainment, food, arts & crafts, Tour of Black Heritage Museum
Location: Pettis Park, 314 N. Duss St., New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-478-1934

VALENTINE'S DAY
Time
: Sunday, February 14
Description: A great time to spend with your loved one at the romantic Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information: Call 386-410-4868

PRESIDENT'S DAY
Time
: Monday, February 20
Description: Celebrate President's Day at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information: Call 386-410-4868

54th ANNUAL ART FIESTA
Time:
February TBA, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description: Fine arts and crafts show
Location: Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-424-2175 or visit www.cityofnsb.com

MARDI GRAS WEEKEND ON FLAGLER
Time
: February TBA
Description: Voodoo Music Fest, Gumbo Cook-offs, Mardi Gras Parade Tuesday 7 p.m
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: www.partyonflagler.com

FAT TUESDAY MARDI GRAS PARADE & CELEBRATION
Time
: February 9, 7-10 p.m.
Description: 6th Annual Flagler Avenue Mardi Gras Parade
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Visit www.partyonflagler.com

SPEED WEEK AT DAYTONA 
Time:
 February 18-26, 2017
Description: Daytona's most famous NASCAR races
Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
Information: Call 866-761-7223 or visit www.DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com

BIKE WEEK
Time:
March 4-13, 2016
Description: Motorcycle shows, exhibits, concerts, racing and major bike festivities
Location: Area-wide venues from New Smyrna Beach to Ormond Beach
Information: Call 386-255-0415 or visit www.officialbikeweek.com

EDGEWATER RIVERFEST & BUSINESS EXPO
Time
: March TBA, 2016
Description: Fourth annual Riverfest with carnival rides, business vendors and gourmet food trucks
Location: Riverside Drive between Kennedy Park and Menard May Park
Information: Visit www.edgewaterexpo.com

NEW SMYRNA BEACH BALLOON & SKY FESTIVAL
Time
: April TBA, 2016
Description: 6th Annual Balloon & Sky Festival, air show, balloon and helicopter rides, carnival and night air show.
Location: New Smyrna Beach airport
Information: Visit www.BalloonandSkyFest.com

NEW SMYRNA BEACH FOOD FESTIVAL
Time:
April TBA, 2016, 5-9 p.m.
Description: Fourth annual festival. Enjoy live entertainment along the avenue and sample Volusia County restaurants.
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-424-2175

PANCAKES IN THE PARK
Time
:  May TBA, 7-11 a.m.
Description: New Smyrna Museum of History fires up the griddle for annual fundraiser
Location: Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Call 386-478-0052

6TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Time:  May 5, 2 p.m. til varies
Description
: Celebration of Mexican food, live entertainment, dancing
Location: Various venues along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Visit www.partyonflagler.com

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE

Time:  May TBA, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees
Description: Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach stage comedy Butterflies are Free
Location: 726 E. 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Call 386-423-1246 or visit www.nsbplayers.org

MAY 30 MEMORIAL DAY
Time
:  May 30, 2016
Description: More info to come on celebrating Memorial Day at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn
Information:  Call 386-410-4868

SEA TURTLE ODYSSEY
Time
:  May TBA, Noon to 11 p.m.
Description: Learn about sea turtles from the experts at Canaveral National Seashore and Marine Science Center
Location: East End of Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Visit www.nsbwaterfrontloop.com

26TH ANNUAL SEASIDE FIESTA
Time:
June 18, 5-9 pm
Description: Entertainment, arts, crafts booths, food, games, music
Location: Flagler Avenue (closed to vehicular traffic), New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Call 386-424-2175

NEW SMYRNA BEACH BIKE & BAR TOUR
Time
:  June 19-21, 2015 11 a.m.
Description: 23rd Annual Bicycle Tour which includes stops along favorite bars & restaurants in NSB
Location: Multiple restaurant locations throughout New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Call 386-410-4868

SURFARI CLUB SURF CONTEST AND OCEANS OF HOPE EVENT
Time
:  June 20-21, 8 am - 5 pm
Description: Family-friendly amateur surfing/paddleboard event/competition
Location: On the beach in front of the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk, New Smyrna Beach
Information:  Visit www.smyrnasurfariclub.com

EDGEWATER RIVERFEST & BUSINESS EXPO
Time: TBA 2017
Description: Fourth annual Riverfest with carnival rides, business vendors and gourmet food trucks
Location: Riverside Drive between Kennedy Park and Menard May Park
Information: Visit www.edgewaterexpo.com

NEW SMYRNA BEACH BALLOON & SKY FESTIVAL
Time: TBA 2017
Description: 6th Annual Balloon & Sky Festival, air show, balloon and helicopter rides, carnival and night air show.
Location: New Smyrna Beach airport
Information: Visit www.BalloonandSkyFest.com

NEW SMYRNA BEACH FOOD FESTIVAL
Time: TBA 2017
Description: Fourth annual festival. Enjoy live entertainment along the avenue and sample Volusia County restaurants.
Location: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-424-2175

PANCAKES IN THE PARK
Time:  TBA 2017
Description: New Smyrna Museum of History fires up the griddle for annual fundraiser
Location: Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach
Information: Call 386-478-0052

6TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Time:  May 5, 2 p.m. til varies
Description: Celebration of Mexican food, live entertainment, dancing
Location: Various venues along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Visit www.partyonflagler.com

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY
Time:  May 29, 2016
Description: More info to come on celebrating Memorial Day at the Black Dolphin Inn
Location: Black Dolphin Inn Information:  Call 386-410-4868

SEA TURTLE ODYSSEY
Time:  May TBA, Noon to 11 p.m.
Description:
Learn about sea turtles from the experts at Canaveral National Seashore and Marine Science Center
Location: East End of Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Information: Visit www.nsbwaterfrontloop.com

Day Excursions

Travelers are drawn to New Smyrna Beach because of its beautiful beaches and recreation activities. There are many areas in Volusia County which offer choices such as surfing, fishing the flats, exploring our wonderful parks, admiring historic homes, shopping for antiques, and sunbathing on the beach.

  • Day 1 - Southern Beach Area
  • Day 2 - North Beach Area
  • Day 3 – Deland and Blue Springs
  • Day 4 – Daytona Beach

Pack a lunch and head to the southern tip of the New Smyrna Beach barrier island to the Canaveral National Seashore, which is part of the National Park Service. Here you will find beautiful beaches as well as adventures to explore. This park is home to the Eldora State House, an historical residence which allows the visitor to see what it was like to live in Florida in the nineteenth century. Another must see is Turtle Mound, the highest shell midden in the nation, with a circular boardwalk to the top and breathtaking vistas of the estuaries and Mosquito Lagoon. The park’s 24 miles of undeveloped beach and 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock and pine flatwoods provide you with a day of exploration and Florida nature at its most natural. 

On the way back to the Black Dolphin Inn, you might want to stop at JB’s Fish Camp, less than a mile south of the Park. Here you will find a full service restaurant and bar, along with kayak rentals for further exploration along the waterways.

The north end of the barrier island is home to Smyrna Dunes Park, 250 acres of pristine land surrounded on three sides by water. Two miles of elevated boardwalk among the dunes along with observation towers, picnic areas and pavilions, offer sights of gopher turtles and their natural habitat. On the east side of the park you will find the jetties with options for fishing and surfing. Walking around the tip of the peninsula you will see the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, across the waterway. A little further and you will run into the dog beach, which is the only area in New Smyrna Beach which allows dogs to frolic in the water.

After a day at the beach in Smyrna Dunes Park, head back to Flagler Avenue for refreshment among the many restaurants and bars on the half mile stretch between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

To the west of Volusia County lies the sleepy town of DeLand where you will find an antique shoppers paradise. This tiny town also is home to Stetson University, Florida’s oldest private college with tree-lined streets and historic buildings. The main street of DeLand is filled with restaurants and cafes, along with book stores, gift shops and many antique shops to fill your day. A short fifteen minute drive will lead you to Blue Springs State Park which encompasses 2,600 acres including the larges fresh water spring on the St. Johns River. This spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and is the winter home to hundreds of sea cows looking for warmer waters. River boat tours are available or you can rent a canoe and explore on your own.
Fifteen miles north of New Smyrna Beach lies the city of Daytona Beach. Here you will find the Daytona International Speedway, with tours available putting you on the same track as your favorite NASCAR driver.  Or visit the shops and restaurants of Beach Street where, across the street, you can see the baseball stadium named after Jackie Robinson who played here in the first integrated spring training baseball game in 1946. Head over the bridge to beachside and visit the newly renovated Main Street Pier where you can fish, enjoy the boardwalk and dine at Joe’s Crab Shack. 

In addition to these activities, New Smyrna Beach provides many opportunities to enjoy water craft, shopping, biking, walking or jogging. Whether you want a vacation filled with exploration or just a “day at the beach,” you will be pleasantly surprised at variety of activities from which to choose.