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Smyrna Dunes Park

On Christmas Eve 2018, I got off work early and wanted to go somewhere new so I ended up at Smyrna Dunes Park.   The address for Smyrna Dunes Park is 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach and it is open from sunrise to sunset.  The cost is $10 to enter the park or $20 for an annual pass which I recommend.  For more  information on the park visit the website at https://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/coastal-division/coastal-parks/smyrna-dunes-park.stml.

I got lucky, it was a really beautiful sunny day but not too hot or cold.  It wasn’t windy either so I go some wonderful shots of birds and their reflections.   Getting to the beach is a bit of a hike, you have to walk on a long, long boardwalk.   It does the give the park an isolated feel.   Across the Ponce de Leon Inlet you can see Light House Point Park, you see my post about it here https://lilsusieq.com/lighthouse-point-park/.

I made a short video of the park from the boardwalk.   Gives you bit of idea of how isolated it is and the long walk to get the beach.   The link to the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njp0dh55O6k&feature=youtu.be.

First set of pictures are of the entrance to the park, some of the signs and the boardwalk.  From across the Ponce de Leon Inlet you can see Light House Point Park and the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.   Smyrna Dunes Park is a dog park and I saw quite a few people walk their fur babies. 

 

Second set of photos are from the beach.  There people were fishing off the rocks.   The weather was really nice but it was to cold for swimming and I didn’t see anyone in the water.   I guess that could have been due the date, it was Christmas Eve.   There were lots of birds out and I got some great shots.  I love the photos of the birds with their reflections.  Some pelicans fishing for dinner and an osprey flying overhead.  The was a parasailing boat across the Ponce de Leon Inlet over at Light House Point Park.  I would really like to go parasailing, it looks life fun.

 

Finally, the last two photos are of the sunset.  I took these as I was walking back to the car.

 

Remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints

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Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is one of my favorite parks in Volusia County.   It is a beach paradise located on the southern tip of Ponce Inlet, Florida.  Lighthouse Point Park is located on the same tip as the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and the Marine Science Center.   For more information on the park visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/coastal-division/coastal-parks/lighthouse-point-park.stml and to learn about the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum visit http://ponceinlet.org/ and the Marine Science Center is http://www.marinesciencecenter.com/.

There is a fee to enter the park, I paid $20 for the annual park pass.   Once you enter there is several places to park with 4 different boardwalks that go to the beach.  The park has an isolated feel to it, I think because of its remote location  and all the trees.  You can walk on one the boardwalks and see just trees, glimpses of the ocean and no other people.

First set of photos are of the entrance to the park and the boardwalk.   So far I have only walked the southern most boardwalk but I am sure I will eventually walk all 4.  I plan on making more trips to the park. 

 

Second set of the photos show views of the beach.  There is a pier on the rocks with lots of people fishing.    Dogs are allowed in the park and you will see signs reminding the dog owner’s to pick up the poop.  

 

Third set of photos are of some other things that can be seen at the park.   Across the Ponce Inlet you can see the New Smyrna Dune’s Park which is another wonderful park. I have a blog post about Smyrna Dunes Part at https://lilsusieq.com/smyrna-dunes-park/.   From the Lighthouse Point Park you can see the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.   I also included some photos of people surfing and parasailing.

 

Fourth set of photos are some of the various birds that can be seen at the park.  I saw an eagle but I didn’t get a photo, he was moving way to fast!

 

Remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints