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Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park

View of the Atlantic Ocean and beach along the Bethune Beach Park boardwalk.

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Location:  6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Open daily:  Spring and summer hours are 6am to 7:30pm.  Fall and winter hours are 6am to 6pm.

Admission:  Free.

Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park is located 3.5 miles south of New Smyrna Beach and 1 mile north of the Apollo Beach entrance to Canaveral National Seashore Park. 

This handicapped accessible county park honors the African American heritage of Mary McLeod Bethune the founder of Bethune Cookman University located in Daytona Beach. 

The beachfront area of the park has restrooms, large picnic pavilions, showers and nearly 800’ of direct beachfront sidewalk that overlooks this remote and beautiful beach area.  The riverside park area is located a short distance across S. Atlantic Avenue and has tennis, pickle ball, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, fishing pier and restrooms.

The river area around the park is an excellent location for viewing manatees, dolphins and pelicans.

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