Growing up as kids in New Smyrna Beach in the mid 50’s, our favorite family outing was to pack up the picnic and head south on A1A, miles past where the pavement ended and the soft shell road began. Some Sundays we would beg to stop at Turtle Mound to run up the narrow path to the top of the shell midden…what a glorious view in every direction. Most days we would continue south until we found a small path across the dunes to the most special place in our world! Nothing but miles of deserted beach to explore, looking for treasures, watching the dolphins and birds fish together, building sandcastles and of course, swimming in the magnificent surf! Some days we would find the huge tracks of sea turtles that nested during the summer months, or the mysterious holes of ghost crabs. We loved the many tracks the critters made in the sand…we always returned home with treasures and stories of our adventures on south A1A…

That special place still exists today…travel south on A1A from NSB and you will find Canaveral National Seashore, some of old Florida’s most treasured landscapes: It’s 57,000 acres consist of:
  • 24 miles of pristine ocean shoreline and coastal dunes
  • Saltwater estuary, hardwood hammocks, and pine flat woods
  • 15 threatened and endangered species
  • 150 native archaeological sites

There is so much to see and do at Canaveral National Seashore…the Apollo Visitor Center is a great place to start! Some of the free activities include net casting 101, clam digging, and canoeing the Mosquito Lagoon. Seasonal pontoon boat rides with a master naturalist are also available for a nominal fee. No trip to the Park is complete without visiting the restored Eldora State House…a historical museum show casing the late 1800’s.

Contact Canaveral National Seashore for current dates and times of activities: 386-428-3384 x0 or visit:

By: Nancy Malmberg