Located alongside the Indian River Lagoon, known as the underwater rainforest, this charming seaside town has a rich history. It’s and Intracoastal waterfront village that offers all the charm you would expect to find in small town Florida. But there is something more. This is a place where one can enjoy all the comforts of home within a stone’s throw of the best boating and fishing in the state, yet still engage in spirited business and commercial activity. This is Edgewater…exactly where you want to be!
The first winter visitors and settlers arrived by steamboat on Edgewater’s shores, landing at a wharf across from a lodge call Baywater House, now known as May-Menard Park on Riverside Drive. Riverside Drive was originally an Indian trail used by the Timucuan Indians.
Founded in 1884 with only 115 residents, Edgewater now boasts a population of over 20,000. Originally founded as the perfect spot to escape the freezing ravages of long northern winters, Edgewater today is the perfect year-round spot with its pleasant temperatures, accessibility, and proximity to all of Florida.
Edgewater has 146 acres of parkland, with a variety of uses including picnicking, fitness trails, swimming and fishing. Many locations also have tennis (American) football fields, racquetball, baseball and paved paths for cycling. The Riverwalk along scenic Riverside Drive has become a popular facility for walkers, bicyclists and nature lovers.
Edgewater Library on Indian River Boulevard issues library cards free to all Volusia County residents and there is a $30.00 charge for all non-residents. The Library presently has over 25,000 volumes of books, a videocassette collection, records, computers, and photocopiers for public use, and a children’s department with a variety of children’s programs.
The City of Edgewater presently sponsors programs in Little League baseball, youth soccer, adult co-ed softball, adult co-ed kickball and Sr. Over 55 softball. These activities are open to all residents, and are sure to keep you on your toes. Whether you wish to volunteer as a coach, equipment manager, or player the rules of the game are simple – enjoy yourself!
On the seacoast, Edgewater of course offers all of the water sport pursuits one might expect from late afternoon strolls along the waters edge to fabulous fishing, boating, surfing and for the more adventurous, SCUBA diving.
Last but not certainly not least; with its location at the southernmost end of Volusia Count, residents of Edgewater are frequently treated to the spectacular of space launches from Cape Canaveral.