Why Smyrna Dunes Park Is One of the Best Adventures

Smyrna Dunes Park is a great nature retreat open daily from sunrise to sunset. Covering 73 acres of land at the northern end of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is ideal for a variety of outdoor activities, specifically those that can be done on the water. Fishing, boating, and swimming are just a few visitor favorites. The wildlife haven of Smyrna Dunes Park is lush with birds, reptiles, marine life, and vegetation, all in a natural, peaceful habitat. This is ideal for bird watchers, ecologists, and naturalists who are looking for a subject to study or for visitors simply looking for a serene place to spend the day.  Here are just a few of the many draws of Smyrna Dunes Park.

Dune Walkover

Stretching 1.5 miles, the Dune Walkover is a premier feature of Smyrna Dunes Park. These raised boardwalks stretch across the beautiful beach landscape and end up at the ocean or inlet beaches, featuring a landscape of palms, dunes, and even cacti among the sand. View friendly birds, turtles, raccoons, and even foxes along this raised boardwalk. You can walk all the way to the water’s edge and look out on the ocean. Then, camp on the sand for an afternoon picnic!

Five Ecosystems

There are five different ecosystems at Smyrna Dunes Park. These include ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone, and saltwater marsh. The primary system is vast sand dunes, and to protect this ecosystem, there are two miles of elevated walkways, picnic areas, pavilions, and more. This allows visitors to travel through the park in a natural environment without destroying that very environment.

Nature Trails

You can start out at the information center that will fill you in on the plants and wildlife at Smyrna Dunes Park and then embark down one of the nature trails. The series of nature trails that run throughout Smyrna Dunes Park are ideal for a day of outdoor exploration. You can get some exercise in by simply walking through nature and taking in all the beautiful views. Or, if you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, you can bike along the trails as well.

Observation Tower

Though the trails will emerge you within nature, the observation tower at Smyrna Dunes Park will give you some incredible, sweeping views of the marshes and surrounding landscape. Climb up the three-story tower to see the entire park as well as Ponce Inlet. This is the best place to view the prominent sand dune clusters and gaze down at the spiky Washingtonia palms.

Water Activities

Water activities are big at Smyrna Dunes Park, from fishing and boating to swimming. Fishing is allowed throughout the park, and saltwater fishing regulations apply. One great spot to cast your line is the jetty bordering the dog beach. Swimming is a great activity as well, and one of the best places is on the inlet side of the peninsula. Take a dip and cool off!


There is no added fee to bring your pet to Smyrna Dunes Park, so man’s best friend can enjoy the park and amenities along with you! The main pet-friendly dog beach is a great space for dogs to play and splash in the waves. Let your pup play fetch and tucker him or her out by walking or running along the many nature trails.

After a Day at Smyrna Dunes Park, Come Back to The Night Swan

After your adventures at Smyrna Dunes Park, come back to pet-friendly The Night Swan for a relaxing evening on the intracoastal waterway, soaking in more beautiful views with your furry friend. Enjoy sunset on the porch, and then a cup of coffee in the same spot the following more. Rejuvenate with our gourmet breakfast after a good night’s sleep, so that you can explore even more of what New Smyrna has to offer with your fluffy family member during the rest of your vacation!