Daytona Beach Attractions: 8 Different Ways to Play
With a focus on beach lovers and friendly vibes, the top Daytona Beach attractions offer a mix of things to do. Whether looking for fun-filled activities or escaping into Florida’s natural landscape, those vacationing in Daytona will find the best of both worlds. Most know Daytona as home to the Daytona International Speedway, but there’s way more to do in this popular beach spot. Don’t miss out on all of the fun activities, and check out our favorite Daytona Beach attractions.
Top 8 Daytona Beach Attractions You Can’t Miss
Start at the Beach
Located on the Atlantic Ocean coast, Daytona Beach offers 23 miles of beaches open 24/7 and free to the public. Families can relax in the sun or try one of the area’s many water activities including fishing, boating, surfing, paddleboarding and parasailing. Daytona also offers vehicle accessible beach areas where visitors can drive along the coast and enjoy the view. Before heading to Daytona Beach, check out the festival lineup and get ready to celebrate beach style.
Explore Daytona Beach Boardwalk
This is no ordinary boardwalk. The Daytona Beach Boardwalk ranks among the Daytona Beach attractions because it serves as an entertainment center. At the boardwalk, visitors can play at the Joyland Amusement Center and Mardi Gras Fun Center, ride a roller coaster, go karts and the slingshot. In addition to the rides, families will have a blast playing classic and new arcade games. The boardwalk also houses a pizza restaurant, gift shops and sweet treats. Those vacationing between Memorial Day and Labor Day, can’t miss the fireworks show every Saturday night.
See Downtown Daytona Beach
Downtown Daytona Beach offers more than 60 stores, restaurants and attractions. Shoppers will have a blast exploring the Riverfront Shops at Daytona Beach packed full of boutiques and specialty shops perfect for souvenir shopping. Families can also find fresh locally made goodies at the Farmers’ Market open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another top spot is historic Beach Street – located between Bay Street and Orange Avenue – where families will find a mix of restaurants and annual events.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
The Museum of Arts and Sciences – also known as MOAS – features collections that showcase regional art, American and Eurpoean fine arts, African artifacts, fossils and more. The museum is separated into smaller museums and large exhibits, including a children’s museum. Smaller children will enjoy interactive exhibits that focus on science and promote creativity. MOAS also houses a planetarium that offers weekly shows with laser lights and music.
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse & Museum
Check out the tallest lighthouse in Florida at the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum. This historical favorite ranks in the top Daytona Beach attractions and welcomes more than 170,000 guests each year who enjoy history and breathtaking views. After visiting the lighthouse, go to the nearby Lighthouse Point Park, which measures 52 acres. Park guests will find opportunities for wildlife-watching, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking. Although located in proximity to one another, there are separate admission fees to these attractions.
Play at Congo River Golf
Those looking for a friendly game should play mini-golf at Congo River Golf. Named one of the top miniature golf courses and Daytona Beach attractions, Congo River Golf features waterfalls, caves, rainforests and more. To enhance the experience, see more than 25 live alligators that guests can feed and pose with for photos. Other fun activities at Congo River Golf include gem mining, playing in the arcade and a treasure hunting game.
Splash Around Daytona Lagoon
Plan to spend the day at Daytona Lagoon, an amusement park with a waterpark, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, arcade and rock wall. The whole family will love splashing, playing and trying one of the waterslides. Top areas for families include Kraken’s Conquest and Adventure Mountain. *The park is expected to reopen spring 2017 from hurricane damage.
Ride The Loop With Loved Ones
Bicyclists and motorcyclists can’t miss a ride on the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, a 34 mile route that explores Florida’s natural beauty. This drive is free from stoplights and shopping centers, so visitors can enjoy miles of well maintained scenery. While traveling along the route, visitors will pass the Tomoka State Park, a popular place for fishing and crabbing, as well as tree-lined roads and live oak canopies. Due to the popularity, the Loop sets lower speed limits that change often so everyone can enjoy the drive at a leisurely pace.
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