Apollo Beach

Space Coast

This 6-mile beach, at the northern end of the park and immediately south of New Smyrna, attracts families. It has boardwalk access (wheelchair accessible), and a longer stretch of road along the dunes with fewer parking lots than at Playalinda. There are several hiking trails nearby, including the Eldora Trail. It feels more isolated and is perfect for cycling or turtle-watching in June and July.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Space Coast attractions

1. Eldora State House Museum


Eldora was a small waterfront community of around 100 citrus farmers and fishers, many of them veterans of the Civil War, who settled here between 1877…

2. Turtle Mound

2.88 MILES

Located at the northern end of Mosquito Lagoon, Turtle Mound is the largest shell midden in the mainland United States. It stands around 50ft high and…

3. Canaveral National Seashore

11.51 MILES

The 24 miles of pristine, windswept beaches here comprise the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. They include family-friendly…

4. Klondike Beach

12.05 MILES

The stretch between Apollo and Playalinda is as pristine as it gets: there are no roads and it's accessible only on foot or by bike (if you are skilled…

5. Marine Science Center

14.83 MILES

We were impressed by this center's rescue, rehab and release programs for sea turtles and seabirds that nest on Daytona's beaches. It's a fun and…

8. Space View Park

19.43 MILES

Directly across the Indian River Lagoon from Kennedy Space Center, this park is one of the best spots on the coast from which to observe launches. Its 2…