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New Smyrna Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the Old Florida feel of this great spot. But there’s also a lot to see and things to do! One of the greatest ways to get the most out of visiting the area is to explore the many New Smyrna Beach activities to get involved with on the ocean. Our top picks of things to do on a family vacation are here!

Turtle Mound River Tours

One of the great things about New Smyrna Beach is the wildlife. The Turtle Mound River Tours gives you a chance to see dolphins, manatees and more. This tour will take you on two hours of sightseeing around the beautiful waters of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary. The tour is guaranteed to wow and impress you. Many call this a memorable experience where you will see water life plus tons of interesting seabirds native to this part of Florida.

Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the trendiest and fastest growing water activities of late. This water sport is way easier than it looks, and is an awesome way to explore the sparkling waters of New Smyrna Beach. But it’s not just about floating around—stand up paddle boarding can offer so much more. From eco-tours, to lessons, fishing, and yoga take your pick for the perfect experience. Some local businesses we love are East Coast Paddle, New Smyrna Stand Up, and Paddleboard New Smyrna.

Private Charter Boat Cruise

Boat tours are a fun and stable way to see everything New Smyrna Beach has to offer. Many of the guides for these tours specialize in showing you what to locals see. The guides have years of experience in their craft. Some will even allow you to fish for some of the amazing catches near New Smyrna Beach including Tarpon, redfish, Cobia, Grouper and more. There are several great options near New Smyrna Beach for private tours. Our favorites are Fishing Charters, Spot Tail, and Turtle Mound Tours.

Shark Park NSB

This is a great spot to take the kids or the whole family! For only $10 a person you can visit what many refer to as the “shark capital of the world.” Not only will you see a shark tooth hunting beach, view shark mounts, and more—you’ll also get the chance to feed live sharks and see shark embryos. You can also have the opportunity to go out surf casting for sharks to help tag and release. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity with an educational twist.


Make sure you take some time to catch the waves here at New Smyrna Beach during your next family vacation. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there are a slew of rentals and lessons you can take to make you feel like a pro. On top of your average surfing experience you can try your hand at windsurfing and kite surfing too. There are many rental spots you can head to for these New Smyrna Beach activities. We suggest Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy, Surfin’ NSB, and Red Dog Surf Shop.