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New Smyrna Museum of History

The New Smyrna Museum of History is a top attraction in New Smyrna Beach. It's primarily dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of New Smyrna's founders. Many exhibits may be found centering around the intrepid group of Mediterranean colonists and the leadership of Scottish physician and diplomat Dr. Andrew Turnbull. An Interior Gallery gives chronological overviews of the area's history, while upstairs there is a special exhibit of early St John's pottery, projectile points and other artifacts collected by the late Zelia Wilson Sweett.
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to Florida's indigenous birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Fewer than 30 minutes from New Smyrna Beach, the 140,000 acre refuge is home to both threatened and endangered species. Experts have documented over 500 species of other wildlife here, including 330 species of birds. Explore along the Black Point Wildlife Drive, a scenic 7 mile stretch with numbered stops, habitats through trails and observations decks. The best time to view wildlife is early morning or late afternoon.
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