New Smyrna Beach, Florida
New Smyrna Beach actually has two competing Main Streets. One is the Flagler Avenue Historic Business District. This is the one closer to the beach and features that beachside town feel complete with surf shops and bar & grills. Further inland, you have the Canal Street Downtown Historic District, an up and coming area where restaurants and boutiques are moving in and revitalizing the area.
New Smyrna Beach is located in Southeast Volusia County, Florida on the Atlantic Ocean and is about 16 miles south of Daytona Beach, 57 miles from Orlando, and 108 miles from Jacksonville. Both the Downtown Canal Street District and the Historic Flagler Avenue Business District can be reached by exit 249A off of I-95, which will take you to State Route 44. From there, continue on State Route 44. You can follow the signs to get to both areas.
The Canal Street area is more inland on the west side of the Indian River while the Flagler Avenue area is right on the beach on the east side of the Indian River. If you're using your GPS to find your way, the heart of the Canal Street area would be where Canal Street intersects with Live Oak Street. The heart of the Flagler Avenue area would be the intersection of Flagler Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.
Look for everything from palm trees to kitschy pink flamingos on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.
Shops and taverns along Flagler Avenue appeal to visitors who want to enjoy that beachside town atmosphere.
Shops and palm trees line Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Our tour of the Flagler Avenue district of New Smyrna Beach starts on the east end of the Avenue where cars wait to cross the draw bridge.
Here's a view of one of New Smyrna Beach's public parking lots. One of the more unique lots we've seen in our travels.
Bike riders cool off in a nearby tavern underneath the shady oaks.
At the Coronado Mainland Shuffleboard Club on Flagler Avenue, you can find Shuffleboard (of course) and public bathrooms.
Numerous small one-story buildings, some even look like small houses, have been repainted and converted into boutiques, along this stretch of the 300 block of Flagler Avenue.
A newer two-story commercial building has risen up on this part of the 300 block of Flagler Avenue.
One of the many one story cottages (this one with a front porch) along this stretch of Flagler Avenue that has been converted into a boutique.
A view of the 300 block of Flagler Avenue, looking east.
Another view of the 300 block of Flagler Avenue, this time looking west.
This gas station, although maybe convenient, does disrupt Flagler Avenue's otherwise pedestrian friendliness.
The colorful architecture reflects the area's beach-going attitudes.
A colorful coat of paint turns this historic house into a boutique.
Numerous restaurants and taverns along Flagler Avenue help you get that beach party started.
Or stop into this cafe across the street for a cup of coffee instead.
Speaking of New Smyrna Beach's colorful attitude, check out that phone booth. Wait, are those clowns?
The Shoppes of Seaside Station is a small strip shopping center along the 500 block of Flagler Avenue.
Looking east towards the beach on Flagler Avenue. Hey, more clowns!
For a small fee, you can drive and park on the beach.
Looking west from the eastern most point on Flagler Avenue.
Rent scooters, bikes, or carts right on the beach.
The New Smyrna Beach Boardwalk provides plenty of picnic tables and views of the ocean. Just to the right is a large public parking lot. You can also find public restrooms here.
The hard-packed sand makes it easy to drive and park right on the beach. An even more unique parking spot than those woods we saw earlier at the other end of town.
We start our tour of the downtown area of New Smyrna Beach at the 500 block of Canal Street. Just to the west is Dixie Freeway and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.
A view of the 500 block of Canal Street, looking east. This stretch of Canal Street tends to be sunnier with palm trees blending in with the historic architecture.
The 400 block of Canal Street. Many historic buildings along this stretch appear to be newly rehabbed.
Another sunny view of Canal Street. A town-wide sidewalk sale was going on during this shoot.
Shoppers pass underneath a canopy where a vendor sells paintings during the sidewalk sale.
Visitors hang out underneath the awning in front of the pharmacy that's also a gift shop.
There's an antique store hiding out in that house behind the thick vegetation.
The south side of the 300 block of Canal Street.
Across the street on the north side of the 300 block of Canal Street.
You can see on the left side of the screen a canopy set up for the sidewalk sale. That's fortunate, since otherwise, visitors would be greeted with a vacant lot in that location.
Another view of the 300 block of Canal Street.
Closer to the center of town, more trees provide more shade to the area. Here's a view of the wide row of rocks and other lawn ornamentation that divides the sidewalk from Canal Street.
The intersection of Canal Street and Live Oak Street forms the heart of downtown New Smyrna Beach.
Notice the trees providing significantly more shade along the 200 block of Canal Street.
A mix of architectural styles and a wide variety of merchandise can be found in Downtown New Smyrna Beach.
Looking west along the 100 block of Canal Street. Notice the sign for the auto shop? That business breaks up the window shopping for people visiting the town.
A sidewalk cafe at the intersection of Canal Street and Sam Avenue.
Looking west along the 100 block of Canal Street. That colorful sign on the right is for the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission, as opposed to being for a boutique or cafe, believe it or not.
The New Smyrna Beach Museum of History is located on Sam Avenue.
Riverside Park is located on the eastern edge of Canal Street at its intersection with Riverside Drive. The park is the site for many events. Also, public restrooms can be found here.
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