New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors may enjoy eleven (11) parks on the City’s ‘island.’ Whether you’re looking for a river view, an ocean view or a park that offers both, you can find it on the beachside. There’s even a park where dogs are as popular as their human counterparts.
27th Avenue Beachfront Park
Catch a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from 27th Avenue Beachfront Park. Amenities at the 3.4-acre park include a boardwalk, basketball and racquetball courts, picnic area with sail shade coverings, outdoor showers, and restrooms. This park also features a brand new fully ADA accessible playground with grass turf which officially opened on June 28, 2019. This oceanfront park provides fishing and swimming on the beach at the intersection of 27th Avenue and A1A/Atlantic Avenue on New Smyrna Beach’s south beach area, 3701 S Atlantic Avenue.
Callilisa Park is a popular launching spot for kayakers and canoers. 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.
Anyone for tennis? Detwiler Park is a 1.95-acre neighborhood park located along Oakwood Avenue between Evergreen Street and Horton Street in our Central Beach neighborhood. Geared toward tennis enthusiasts, amenities include five lighted tennis courts (three of which are also lined for pickleball), one lighted basketball court, a modern children's playground, restroom facilities, and covered picnic tables. New court lighting and resurfacing of the tennis courts was completed in late Spring 2019.
"Detwiler Park is an all-around fun park, with a variety of activities for the many locals and out-of-towners who use this small park in the heart of the beachside," writes Peggy Belflower, a resident who adopted the park on July 21, 2016. "From basketball to pickleball, tennis and playground, too, with a covered picnic pavilion, and an historical cemetery. It is a pleasure to help the City maintain Detwiler Park since 2013, as one of the cleanest, most inviting parks in town for all ages."
Esther Street Beachfront Park
Esther Street Beachfront Park is a hidden gem with an ocean view. One block north of Flagler Avenue on Atlantic Avenue, the park offers 45 spaces of off-beach parking. Amenities also include a playground, beach access, dune walkover, pavilions, restroom facilities and a volleyball area. Please note that the volleyball area is available only during the dry season. Overnight parking is not permitted.
Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park
Located next to one of the most popular beach access ramps in Volusia County, Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park becomes a hub activity from sunrise and into the night. Early risers enjoy coffee by the beach. Later in the day, picnickers dine under the pavilion. Amenities include a pavilion, a brick courtyard with new stainless steel railing, restrooms, showers and off-beach parking. The park is at the east end of Flagler Avenue. Overnight parking is not permitted.
Grayce Kenemer Barck North Beach Community Park
Located at 1100 N. Atlantic Avenue, this park offers two large parking lots off Sapphire Road that are available for off- beach parking. There is direct ocean access via a wooden walkover from the parking areas. There are two covered pavilions with picnic tables and walkways that wander throughout the natural beachfront property. Restrooms are on site along with open air showers.
Indian River Lagoon Park
This 90+ acre natural park, which is home to abundant wildlife, is located at 700 Sandpiper Avenue. It offers a scenic trail throughout the natural settings of the bank of the Indian River. Park amenities include a pavilion with picnic tables and restroom facilities. There are two docks: one overlooks the estuaries to the Indian River and the other is a floating dock that overlooks Browns Bay. There also is a spot for canoes and kayaks to launch as this location is along the marked Volusia County river trail.
Marianne Clancy Park
This 2-acre park includes 72 off-beach parking spaces, handicapped-accessible beach access, picnic pavilions, and a restroom facility. The park's address is 901 S. Atlantic Avenue.
Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park
Managed by Volusia County Government and nestled on six acres between the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean, this quiet spot just south of New Smyrna Beach City limits features a boardwalk on the ocean side and a fishing pier on the river side -- where visitors often catch a glimpse of manatees. Amenities abound, with beach access for swimmers and basketball and tennis courts for the athletes. A community building complements the overall setting. The children's playground is near the pavilion, barbecue grills, picnic tables and restrooms. The Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park is at 6656 S. Atlantic Avenue.
Smyrna Dunes Park
Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park Opens in New Windomay arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers. This park is unique because pets are welcome. However, dogs must remain on a leash.