January 24, 25 & 26, 2014
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Friday, 1-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-5

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About New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is located in Volusia County, Florida, on Florida's East Central coast, south of Daytona Beach. Its year-round population is 20,000 residents, with numbers swelling in the winter months. Community resources include:

A community enriched by the arts and history is in turn one that nurtures new cultural work and honors its past. Artists, historians, residents, and visitors alike relish New Smyrna Beach's cultural offerings, congenial environment, its peace and quiet, and its natural beauty. Named one of the "100 Best Small Art Towns in America," Southeast Volusia offers a vibrant arts scene, and its natural beauty provides for many outdoor activities, such as canoeing, scuba diving, fishing, golf… or building sandcastles on the beach and enjoying the Atlantic Ocean.

Recreation

Southeast Volusia offers a rich abundance of outdoor adventures, including dive trips amid artificial reefs and sunken ships, quiet canoe rides, trail biking, hiking, renowned fishing, boating, bird-watching, shell collecting, and a variety of sports including golf and tennis.

Nature comes alive here. Bound at the south side of the island by the 57,000-acre Canaveral National Seashore Park, renowned for its pristine view of old Florida, and featuring camping, hiking, birding, swimming, canoeing, and fishing, this national treasure is a barrier island with Atlantic waves breaking on its eastern side and the waters of Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River lapping quietly on the west. At the north end of the island is Smyrna Dunes Park, with its 1.5 mile boardwalk loop around the Ponce Inlet area. Southeast Volusia's pristine white sand beaches extend the entire 13.2 mile expanse between the two parks, with driving allowed on some stretches of the beach. The wide sandy shore is a mecca for sunbathing and biking.

Watersports abound, with some of the best surfing in the area and fishing that is absolutely first-class. From the Atlantic surf to 20 miles out, or from the rock jetty at Ponce Inlet, which leads to the Intracoastal and some of the best backwater fishing in the state, anglers from all over the world enjoy fresh and salt water fishing.

Arts & Culture

The cultural traveler will find much to do in Southeast Volusia. Artists and art lovers of all disciplines enjoy the many cultural opportunities available to them, including Atlantic Center for the Arts, an internationally-renowned artists-in-residence community, Artist's Workshop, galleries, concerts, and the Little Theater playhouse, among others. New Smyrna Beach has the distinction of being included in the book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Where to Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Living, by John Villani, published by John Muir Publications. The area has also captured the attention of Anne Jeffrey and Aletta Dreiller, authors of the Art Lover's Guide to Florida, published by Pineapple Press this year. Atlantic Center at Harris House offers year-round workshops for children, lectures, and a gallery featuring the work of Florida artists.

The area's rich history can be discovered at the many museums, historical venues, and archaeological sites, which support the distinction of New Smyrna Beach as one of the nation's oldest cities, the second oldest in Florida. Over 30 historical sites exist, including the Old Sugar Mill, Turnbull's Ruins, Eldora House, the Black Heritage Museum, and Turtle Mound, shell remnants left by the Timucuan Indians. The New Smyrna Beach Museum of History opened in the old post office on Sams Avenue in 2003, having moved from The Connor Library, which originally served as the area's local library and is the oldest municipal building in New Smyrna Beach, built in 1901. The new museum contains recently discovered remains of the Turnbull Colony including coquina structures, tabby floors and British artifacts.

The Marine Discovery Center, located in New Smyrna Beach on one of the most pristine estuaries in the world, is a marine education and research facility offering programs from kindergarten to grade 12, undergraduate, post graduate and vocational. There are many opportunities for the public to learn about this diverse eco-system through ecological tours or historic boat tours offered in conjunction with the Southeast Volusia Historical Society. While the Marine Discovery Center constructs its facility on the North Causeway, temporary headquarters are located in The Connor Library.

Nearby Attractions

The pristine white sand beaches of Southeast Volusia are the perfect complement to central Florida's largest attractions, including Walt Disney World, Epcot, MGM Studios, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, all of which are within a 1-1/2 hour drive. Kennedy Space Center is a short drive south, historic St. Augustine an hour drive north, and the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR racing, is just 20 minutes away.