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2995 N Peninsula Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL, US 32169
(386) 423-3300
Smyrna Dunes Park Overview
Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset.
Cost: $5 per vehicle or $1 per person for vehicles with more than 8 passengers.
Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this lovely inlet which also includes showers, bathrooms, and loads of parking. This park has five ecosystems represented within it, elevated boardwalks, picnic pavilions, nature trails, an observation tower, and more.
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Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, FL, US has an average rating of 4.2 based on 23 member reviews.
Great place
Lori in Cocoa
My husband and I visited with our Border Collie on a Saturday arriving about 3pm. Not crowded at all. Maybe it was earlier in the day (?). It is true that no dogs are allowed on boardwalk after 10am up to 1 hour before sunset-NO big deal! There are trails alongside the boardwalk and they are NOT gravel. Plus the dogs probably enjoy the trails better than a boardwalk anyways. It is compacted beach sand and much of it has grass. You could easily ride a bike on it. There were some dogs not on leashes but most people were very careful to keep their pets with them. We had no issues. This area is clean and beautiful. We will definitely come back. Plenty of wildlife to enjoy too.
Great Stop on the way to Boca
Jeff in Simpsonville, SC
We stopped here with our Lab mixes on the way to Boca Raton. The fee is now $5.00, but well worth it. You'll get a ticket to place on your dashboard. Use it for parking and access to the beach, dunes, picnic areas, showers, dog wash and the inlet area. We chose to walk to the inlet, where there's almost no wave action. The dogs loved wading and then swimming. Be sure to bring a water dish and some fresh water! There were several people who didn't leash their dogs, and got a good growling-at from our yellow lab/pit mix, who has some fear aggression. PLEASE make sure you have a long lead for your pooch. The ticket (remember the $5.00 ticket?) also lets you drive down a few blocks and drive on the beach. Not a "dog" activity per se, but was definitely worth it just to say we did it.
Best Day Ever!!!
Kelly in Alabaster, Alabama
Today me and my Siberian husky Wolfy went to this beach because of all the great rating on this website. It was the best day ever! We stayed over 6 hours and had a blast. The scenery was beautiful, it was much bigger than I anticipated, and all of the people there were so friendly. We made several new friends today, both furry and human:) It is a long walk to get there but it's totally worth it. I just wish there was some sort of water set up by the beach for the dogs to drink out of. We will be more prepared when we go back this weekend. This really was the most fun I have ever had with Wolfy and we can't wait to go back.
Terrific Dog Beach
Jacqueline in Orlando
This was our first time bringing our dog to the beach, and it was a great experience! The beach was not crowded for a weekend, they have an ice cream boat that come to you, and depending on who is there, you can let your dog(s) off the leash. I find if you are with a bunch of responsible dog owners, it's no problem letting your dog off leash to play. The only downside is that there is about a half mile walk to the beach from the parking lot, and of course another half mile to walk back. The good news is that there is dog showers, bathrooms, and poopie bag stations. We will definitely return!
the greatest day ever with my lab and golden retriever
kate king in Ruth in Orlando,FL
the beach was wonderful amazing my two dogs dixie and winn was so happy!!!the beach was very beutiful and my dogs enjoyed the beach too.my family will go there again sometime. i give this 5 bones out of 5 bones!!!
Awesome Dog Park
Heather in Cocoa, FL
My husband and I just went to visit the park today, and we were really impressed. It's a beautiful beach, and we have plans to spend the day there tomorrow. I would highly recommend it to other dog lovers who want to share the beach with their furry friends.
Wonderful people
Bruce in Ocala
Great dog park. The two staff we met were just wonderful. Thank you so much for your effort, caring and hospitality. Best regards, Bruce and Madi, the better than average German Sheppard
Great dog beach
Sarah in Port orange
Had a great time people r very friendly seen dolphins manatees the person in the guard shack was great very helpful I am going back for sure thanks for making your dog beach pleasant
It was great for both the dogs and ppl
Ruth in Orlando, FL
It was a great experience to visit the beach. Everything was clean, people was very friendly and dogs were very well socialized. I am going back again this week!! I do have to mention, on the weekends go early because in the afternoon parking is very tight but worth it!
Lorraine in Longwood
This is a great beach for all...with lovely scenery, critters like turtles and birds, and the fishing is GREAT! My Golden Retriever even fishes! The best part is there is a dog wash area to get all the sand off before getting back in the car! Thank you for thinking of everything!
Great time at Smyrna Dunes Park
Todd and Lisa in Missouri
Our Scotty dog Scout had the best time walking the beach with us. We saw dolphins in the inlet and he loved the dunes. Most everyone had their dog on a leash except for one couple but we just tried to avoid them. Can't wait to go back!!
Marilyn in Harpswell, Maine
Not sure what Paul in Orlando was talking about in 2012. Signs CLEARLY state dogs not allowed on boardwalk after 10am. Info available also says dogs not allowed on ocean side, only the Indian River/Inlet side. If you're on a sand dune, I would definitely think I'm going to get sand/pebbles in my shoes....DUH!!!! GREAT place for dogs. We met very respectful dog owners, had a blast tossing sticks in the water, saw dolphins, fish jumping, plenty of potty bags available. The dog wash area was an awesome bonus, as my dog likes to "towel" off in the sand. If you're going to be in the area for any length of time the annual pass is well-worth the money ($30/residents; $50 non-residents), otherwise $5/day.
huge, calm stretch on the inlet
Sharon in Orlando
VERY IMPORTANT: some maps get this park's location wrong. Smyrna Dunes is on the south (New Smyrna side) of Ponce Inlet. There's a dog area on the north (lighthouse) side, but it's very broken up and rocky. Smyrna Dunes is much better. We've been here several times and the only reason I couldn't give it a full 5 bones is because we've also been to Fort De Soto Park on the Gulf Coast which simply can't be beat. I love Smyrna Dunes, though, because of the huge stretch of quiet, calm water along the inlet. It's usually very quiet. Even once when it was so busy the parking lot was full and we had to wait for cars to come out...once we got to the beach it wasn't crowded at all. Dogs do have to be leased BUT they don't specify a length. Many people have leashes 30-40 feet long so they can throw toys and let their dogs swim freely. Bonus: on the weekends there's often an "ice cream boat" that passes up and down selling treats! As other reviewers have noted, dogs are not allowed on the raised boardwalks after 10 AM. Use the gravel/shell paths and keep your dog on them - lots of briars and stickers in the vegetation. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot and dogs are mostly restricted to the inlet side as opposed to the ocean front itself. We have seen a little utility cart make the rounds occasionally and make sure people had their pets leashed and were cleaning up after them.
dog lover
Lisa in Orlando
This is a beautiful park that I enjoy with my dogs as often as I can. It's easy to let them swim on leash when you have a 20 ft cotton leash from walmart. String 2 of them together and you have 40 feet of leash! Take some bug spray for the times when bugs are out (avoid being there at dusk, bugs seem worst then) bring fresh water and a portable bowl for your dog so he won't get the saltwater squirts (I take a backpack) towels and a water toy that floats. Yes, occasionally there will be a clueless dog owner whose dog is running around off leash, but usually you can avoid them. Most people and dogs are great. We doglovers are blessed to have access to this park! I love it!
It was a nice place
Emily in Orlando
I took my Golden Retriever there for the first time the other weekend (pretty sure it was the first time he has ever swam). We were the only people there which was a little disappointing, but it did mean we had the run of the entire beach!! Everything was nice, the only problem we had was the water was shut off. The people in the guard shack told us that the only thing not working was the bathrooms, but when we went to hose off our dog it turned out that the dog was area was out too which would have been nice to know from the start. It is an hour and a half drive to get there so I won't be a frequant visitor, but will definitely go again. I'll just make sure I specfically ask if the dog wash station is working.
Nice place to take your dog
Marci in Leesburg
I visited this park today (Labor Day). Granted, it's a holiday, but I have to disagree about the "loads of parking". I got to the park at 11:30 am and had to wait in line for 30 minutes before I was able to park. Their lot was full so every car in line had to wait for someone to leave before they could go in. Once inside, though, the park is very nice. It's quite a walk to get to the beach, but it's a nice walk through the dunes. There were lots of dogs and all of them were on a leash - it was a nice place to take my dog. I'll go back, but not on a holiday.
Great fun for our Great Danes
Tonya in Port Orange
Our two dogs can not wait for the next trip to New Smyrna Dunes Park! They learned to swim there, but I have to agree with another dog owner who said it's difficult to let them fetch on leash. We always make sure to grab the leash when they swim back toward us. If everyone was more responsible this wouldn't be an issue. Still, we LOOOVE this place and will be back soon. P.S. the dog wash station was a terrific idea!
Loved the Dog Beach
Gerianne Lane in Eustis
Great place to bring dogs, it was our first visit. All dog owners should be more responsible I thought and keep the dogs on leash and clean up after there pets. I didn't appreciate an owner who's dog crapped in the water and never bothered to clean it up and let dog stay off leash. We had to move further down the beach. If you have a dog be more responsible.
A terrific place for both dogs and people
Lad Scott in New Smyrna Beach, FL
This park is on the intercoastal waterway. It is stunning. Lots of wildlife (bottlenose dolphins, rays, gorgeous birds, land tortoises and so on) abounds. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. Many, even those without dogs choose this amazingly beautiful stretch of beach, which is about two miles of beautiful white sand, to avoid the ocean side of this stretch of land in order to eliminate the crowds, cars on the beach and the sharks (notorious along New Smyrna Beach). There are bathroom facilities, dog wash off hoses, plentiful doggy bag stations and waste receptacles, vending machines, picnic tables and other amenities. The only downer is that your dog must be leased at all times. However, this drawback is easily overcome with a 50+ foot line. It is "never" crowded along the beach. The charge is now $5/day or one can get an annual pass for only $30. We take our lab to this beach every few days. He thinks he has died and gone to heaven, as do we. You will not be disappointed with any aspect of this incredible stretch of beach and friendly people.
beach was nice, too much traffic, limited rd access
Stacey in Ocala, FL
The 45 minutes of traffic once I got off of I95 was ridiculous. there is a one lane each way road and really slow traffic lights that caused stopped bumper to bumper traffic. Once we got to the parking lot it was full, (pretty small lot) and so had to wait- one car left, one was allowed in. Fee is $5. The beach itself is a little bit of a walk from the lot, not bad. dogs there were all on leash and getting along well. water was clean, beach was clean. There is a boat dock to the left and the boats go by quite fast pretty much all day creating large wake waves which freaked my dog out, so we were out of the water quite a bit. The dog shower (hose) is a nice touch and is at the parking lot, bathrooms were clean, soda and water machines were there, nice facilities. The traffic leaving was just as bad, another 45 mins back to 95. tack that onto the almost 2 hr ride from home- we wont be back. St. Augustine is better and no traffic nonsense.
nice beach for dogs
grace in camridge maryland
my complaint is how do you let a lab swim with a leash on I think the fee is ok and the beach is lovely b ut my dog wants to swim and with a leash this is difficult I read one of the review about the drunk owner can;t this have been picked up at the gate. We are careful with our dogs and they love they love the water but a leash best to go to Deland they have the best dog park of all
Paul in Orlando
My wife and I visited your park on 9/25/2012, we arrived at 10:00 AM. We were disappointed by the fact that your web site implies certain things that aren't true. Example, you show the various boardwalks but fail to mention that they are closed to pets after 10:00 AM thereby leaving guests the alternative gravel walk where your shoes fill quickly with the gravel. You show boardwalks to the ocean yet you don't tell your web site visitors that pets are not permitted on the ocean side of the park. There are no shelters or benches on the intercoastal side of the park, if it rains, it is a half mile run back to the car for car. I feel these are lies by omission, tell your web site visitors the truth before they travel a long distance. We will not return.
Be Careful
Ann in Merritt Island
Yesterday we drove up to N.S.B. to let our dogs play. We were first greet by a pit bull off leash. Later this dog ran after our dogs and the owner down to get the pit and told us she was in heat. Yeap you bet she had no TAG. Yeap this young dog owner was drunk off her butt. Not one time did we see anyone checking on all the dog owers to make sure everyone was going by the rules.
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