How to Enjoy Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach

There’s a seemingly endless list of reasons why you should visit Florida, and atop that list is the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. Spend a morning or afternoon at this biological treasure of Florida and see for yourself the beautiful ecosystem that supports a diverse flora and fauna, including incredible marine life. Take an adventure to Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach to explore and make the most of your beach day!

When you plan a vacation to New Smyrna Beach, be sure to download the free Vacation Guide from The Night Swan! Our guide will lead you to the best things to see and do in the area, meaning you’ll have the information you need to craft the best vacation possible!

Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach: What to Do

With more than 58,000 biodiverse acres of park to explore, you won’t soon run out of space to spread out. The ecologically significant park is home to 15 species considered to be threatened or endangered, and, as such, ranks second in the National Parks Service. Within the park, you’ll find ecosystems like lagoons, pine flatwoods, coastal hammock, barrier island, and off shore waters. There’s a lot to do here! Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of the park!

Explore the Beach

There are 24 miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches within Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. If you truly want to disconnect from conventional beach crowds and amenities, the beach won’t disappoint. This gorgeous, pristine beach is just waiting for your footprints!

Hike the Trails

There’s some great hiking within the park, and you’ll have the chance to see diverse ecosystems and wildlife, too. In Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, you’ll want to take a self-guided walk like Seminole Rest, Turtle Mound Trail, and Eldora Hammock.

Boating and Fishing

Boating and fishing are allowed in the park, though there are limits on size and possession. Boat launches provide access to Mosquito Lagoon, and airboat and jet skis are prohibited. Contact the visitor center for more information.

Things to Know Before You Go

Pet Policy

You may bring your pet on a leash only on the lagoon-side of Canaveral National Seashore. Most importantly, pets are not allowed on the beach.

Park Entrance Fee

$10 per car, mini-vans, SUV’s, motorcycles, etc.

$25-100 per commercial tour vehicle    

Visitor Center Hours

Sunday-Saturday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plan a Beach Day During Your Stay

What better way to experience our biologically rich area than at Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach? And, when you stay at The Night Swan, you’ll be just minutes away from that and many other wonderful things to do. So, browse our comfortable and convenient rooms and plan your holiday weekend with us! We are eager to be your host, so contact us today to book your stay! Plus, you can download our free Vacation Guide for great ideas on what to do in New Smyrna Beach. You’re going to love it!