This month, we’re celebrating Mom, Grandma, and all the mother figures in your life here at New Smyrna Beach. As Dorothy says in The Golden Girls, “It is not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” And for those fathers and mothers that have to be mom and dad at once, well.. we would say you deserve a vacation. So here is how you can unwind and celebrate in the New Smyrna Beach Area.
Mary McGuirk, a New Smyrna Beach Mom
Starting with a glimpse of history, we sure have amazing moms and grandmas here in New Smyrna Beach, but we’d like to highlight just one of them: Mary McGuirk. In 1947, Mary and her son Jim moved to New Smyrna Beach from Chicago, Illinois.
She learned about the Dairy Queen franchise and used savings to pay $8,500 (or about the equivalent to $100,000 today) to open a store on US-1 on the north side of town. Mary wanted visitors traveling down US-1 to see the Dairy Queen when they first arrived at New Smyrna Beach. Along the years, Mary was known for being a “tough cookie” and providing many high school kids their first jobs. When she passed away in 1978, the business was passed down to her son and later to her grandson, Jason.
For over 60 years, the historic New Smyrna Beach Dairy Queen has dished up delicious eats to hungry patrons. With its classic exterior, this particular DQ is truly a relic of days gone by. Retro signage with the image of an ice cream cone, complete with signature curl, beckons to passersby on Dixie Freeway. A cheery blue and yellow awning provides shade at its walk-up counter. On the menu, you’ll find traditional favorites like rich, velvety sundaes, chocolate-dipped cones, and shakes, as well as all beef hot dogs. Outdoor seating is available at umbrella-covered tables in a park-like setting.
Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day in New Smyrna Beach
Your mom or mother figure probably hasn’t opened a Dairy Queen like Mary McGuirk, but she’s likely done a lot for you. Figure out Mom’s love language—or a way that she likes to be loved best—and plan something just for her.
Not sure what to do with Mom in the New Smyrna Beach area? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered with different ideas and locations based on Mom’s love language.
- Words of affirmation: If your mom loves to be encouraged with spoken words, why don’t you write something in the sand on the beach and take a picture under the signature Flagler Avenue sign for her or have her meet you there?
- Quality time: If your mom is someone who loves undivided attention, take her out for brunch at a restaurant like Riverpark Terrace or go for a walk on the beach together. Make sure you’ve put away your phone and focus on her.
- Physical touch: If your mom feels love through physical affection, today’s a great day to give her a hug. You might even want to plan to watch the sunset (or sunrise) at Smyrna Dunes Park with her and put your arm around her for a little bit.
- Acts of service: If your mom appreciates people doing things for her, figure out how you can best help her today. Maybe you can run errands for her while she gets some R&R at a spa like The Spa at Venetian Bay.
- Receiving gifts: If your mom loves thoughtful gifts, consider taking her on a shopping spree today at some of the boutiques in New Smyrna Beach like The Posh Pineapple or Gyftz. Or perhaps hire a photographer. The New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau has a list of photographers if you need to help finding one.