Here are the Best Places in the Canal Street Historic District

What do scenic palm tree-lined streets, vibrant dining options, and charming facades have in common? Their location within the Canal Street Historic District, of course! This unique downtown area in New Smyrna Beach showcases vintage charm and an alluring atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are looking for incredible art pieces or landmark attractions, you’re sure to make memories as you walk down this quintessential Florida street.

As you are planning your next vacation to New Smyrna Beach, request a copy of your free Vacation Guide! Not only will you find our recommendations for what places to visit along Canal Street Historic District, but also the best rooms to stay at the Night Swan Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast.

Everything You Need to See in Canal Street Historic District

While there are many local restaurants, shops, and attractions along the Canal Street Historic District, here are our 5 favorite things to enjoy!

1. Local Shops

As you walk around this beautiful street, you’ll see dozens of mannequins decorating storefront windows with clothing and accessories. You’ll also find shops that offer great gifts and home goods, too. We suggest stopping by Canal Street Chic for upscale consignment treasures. We also recommend  Lola’s Boutique, and Styles Boutique & Accessories for coastal-inspired pieces and one-of-a-kind finds! Or, if you are in town for your honeymoon, anniversary, or weekend getaway, nothing says “I love you” more than flowers from Pink Flamingo at Petals. And for the perfect souvenir or unique gift for a friend, go to the Posh Pineapple for home goods, accessories, and more! With all of these options and more, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to remember your vacation.

2. Delightful Spirits

If you are looking for a refreshing drink after a day at the beach, stop by one of the fun bars in the Canal Street Historic District. We recommend the wonderful New Smyrna Brewing Company on the corner of Canal Street and Sam Avenue. This delightful brewery serves an unprecedented selection of local craft brews from hearty stouts to rich Indian Pale Ales. When you go, you can pair your delicious beer with their scrumptious bar food! 

3. Wonderful Restaurants

When hunger strikes on your daytime adventures, stop by some of our favorite eateries in the Canal Street Historic District. If you are looking for a relaxed dining experience, order up at Corkscrew Bar & Grille. This remarkable restaurant offers “American classic food with southern twists” as well as an excellent bar menu. If you are you craving healthy wraps and savory soups, sit at one the sidewalk tables of Yellow Dog Eats! You’re sure to enjoy the fresh ingredients and wholesome recipes of this outdoor cafe.

4. Beautiful Art Galleries and Fun Museums

What makes a vacation more enriching? A trip to one of the art galleries or museums in the Canal Street Historic District, of course! Your first stop should be The Hub on Canal. This community center for local art is a great place to go to view regional talent, attend an artist’s workshop, enjoy a special event, and more!

The Museum of East Coast Surfing is another great place to visit on Canal Street. This gnarly museum houses fascinating displays and interactive exhibits to teach its visitors on the unique sport and craft of surfing. You’ll discover vintage surfboards, art, movies, magazine, and historic photos. Come in and hang ten to learn more about our surfing heritage!

5. Unique Special Events

Several times each month, the Canal Street Historic District transforms into an entertaining space for everyone to enjoy. Our Craft Beer Walk takes place on the first Saturday of every month and is the perfect excuse to sample local craft beer during your vacation. For the automobile enthusiasts, the Canal Street New Smyrna Beach Car Show occurs on the second Saturday of each month. It showcases restored classics and vintage sports cars. In addition to these events, you’ll also find plenty of other seasonal events and celebrations that promise live music, great food, wonderful beer, and streets lined with people having a good time!

Your Relaxing Retreat Awaits At The Night Swan!

With so much to discover in the Canal Street Historic District, why not spend a weekend at the Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast to explore all that our area has to offer? Our waterfront bed and breakfast offers easy access to the best local shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities in the area. We’re also just a short walk from the historic district.

Our inn is located on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and offers comfortable accommodations that are perfect for your next seaside getaway. The Turnbull Suite, for example, is a remarkable, first-floor retreat is located in our Cygnet House. It’s our largest suite complete with a king size bed, cozy fireplace, and comfortable seating area! There is also a luxurious bathroom with a jetted tub and your own private porch.

As you plan your trip with us, you’ll also find select dog-friendly accommodations so your furry friend can come along, too! With all of the comforts of home, why wait another day to start planning a vacation?

Book your next New Smyrna Beach trip with Night Swan today!