Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park

Nestled on six acres between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, this quiet spot south of New Smyrna Beach 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. Parking at the endge of the beach is convenient for visitors who enjoy the sand and surf.

This park is named for the pioneering African-American educator who once helped to establish it as a beach for African Americans in segregated Florida. Open to everyone and known by some as a "surfer's paradise," Bethune Beach Park offers an ample range of recreational and programming facilities. It is also included in the Florida Black Heritage Trail. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

6656 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL

386-423-3300, ext. 18072