Things To Do in Daytona Beach #LoveDaytonaBeach

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been to Daytona Beach. While I grew up just 4.5 hours away…for some reason, it was a place I drove through on the way to somewhere else. Of course I’ve heard about the family friendly Daytona Beach all my life – I just don’t know who I never made it over there to see it for myself! Last weekend, Chris and I packed the car and we headed up to Daytona Beach for the weekend with Angeline and her best friend.

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Daytona Beach is one of the world’s most popular beaches; they even claim it is THE world’s most popular beach. One glance down the sandy beach, with the waves lapping the shoreline and you can see why. Daytona Beach is beautiful.

I had a list of things that we might do while in town, ranging from driving Chris’s Chevy SS on the sand, visiting the local amusement park, checking out one of the historical landmarks or surfing or fishing.  There is SO MUCH to do in Daytona Beach, we were disappointed that we were only able to visit for the weekend! There just wasn’t enough time to fit everything into our schedule!

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We arrived in the late afternoon on Friday and when we settled into the Daytona Beach Hilton, I just couldn’t believe our view! We were right on Daytona Beach Ocean Walk, with the boardwalk outside our window. We had Joyland Amusement park to our left and the ocean in front of us. We could even see surfers in the waves and fisherman on the Daytona Beach Pier.

Not a bad view, right?

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While we stayed at the Hilton, there were quite a few choices in accommodations available. Daytona Beach has accommodations for every budget and traveling style, including campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, condo rentals and vacation rental homes.

I live in Miami and while we definitely have a thriving “beach scene,” it’s not always exactly family-friendly…Daytona Beach was exactly the opposite. All we saw were families playing in the surf, kids building sand castles, groups of teens playing a game of football and couples strolling hand in hand.

The Festival Capital of Florida


Did you know Daytona is the Festival Capital of Florida? While Daytona Beach is home to festivals year-round, there are some especially exciting festivals during the fall months! There’s the Daytona Beach Blues Festival and live music played daily at Bruce Rossmeyer’s, the Halifax art festival and Daytona Beach even has their own film festival! If aviation is more your speed, you’ll want to check out the Wings and Waves air show, where over 40 different Air Force aircraft perform over the Atlantic. November has plenty of holiday themed festivals too, like the Festival of Trees and the Holiday Bazaar! If you love seafood – who doesn’t? – the Riverfest Seafood Festival is coming up too!

Outdoor Fun in Daytona Beach 

One of the most popular things to do on Daytona Beach is go surfing or boogie boarding. You can rent boogie boards from vendors right on the beach, buy then for a few bucks in the gift shops along the Daytona Beach Ocean Walk, or pick one up at a store at home and bring it with you.

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When you want to venture off the beautiful beaches of Daytona Beach, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a plethora of family-friendly Outdoor Fun to enjoy!

Daytona Beach is home to many parks and recreational areas, like the Blue Springs State Park, Hickory Bluff Preserve, Winegrass Prairie Preserve, Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Center and more! Blue Springs is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, and is a designated Manatee Refuge for West Indian Manatees. You can take advantage of canoe rentals, narrated river cruises, kayak tours and rental, walking trails. You’ll never run out of things to do outdoors in Daytona Beach!

Kid Friendly Things to Do in Daytona Beach 

While the beach itself may captivate your children so well that they might not want to leave – as we found with Angeline and her friend – there are plenty of Kid friendly options in Daytona Beach aside from the beach itself and the local and state parks.

There’s the nearby Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, which is perfect for animal lovers, the Marine Science Center for kids with an interest in marine life, a bowling alley, lots of mini golf courses, Daytona Lagoon and of course, the amusement park right on Daytona Beach, Joyland Amusements.

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Free Things to do in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is truly family-friendly in a way that most beach towns are not, in that they provide many free things to do for families who need a break from the sun. I love the idea of spending the morning playing on the beach, visiting one of the local restaurants for lunch, then heading into town to take advantage of one of the many free things to do in Daytona Beach.

Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach

There’s the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour, which has been a Daytona Beach tradition since 1925. Your family can take a free, guided, 30-minute tour through the chocolate-making process to do something a little different on your family vacation!

The nearby Casements, formerly the winter home of multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller, The Casements now serves as the City of Ormond Beach’s cultural center and museum containing art and historical exhibits. They provide free tours of the Rockefeller period rooms and other exhibits, which are not only fun but educational as well!

If you are a music lover (who’s not?), then you should check out the Friends of the Bandshell Concert Series, which happen right in the historic coquina bandshell on the beach. They are seasonal through the summer, but we actually saw a concert happening the weekend we were in town, which was late October. They feature all kinds of music, ranging from jazz, rock, swing, country, big band and Latin music!

The nearby Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens is a free museum that features paintings, drawings, video, mixed media, photography and three-dimensional works of art. Adjacent to the museum are lush tropical gardens that offer a beautiful setting complete with gazebo and nature trails, fish ponds and fountains.

There are so many things to do and see in Daytona Beach, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be perfectly content just relaxing on the beach. I literally could not tear the girls away from the beach! The farthest we got was when we rented bicycles for them to ride along the Daytona Beach Ocean Walk and the strip in front of our hotel.

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Chris and I rented dune buggies and rode all over Daytona Beach while the girls were bike riding. It was so much fun and such a work out!

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I can’t wait to go back to Daytona Beach for an extended stay – a short weekend just wasn’t enough time to soak it all in!

On our next trip, I’d love to take surfing lessons. The surfers looked like they were having so much fun, and the waves weren’t big enough to be scary – just exciting!

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Chris wants to take a deep sea fishing trip, and judging by the amount of fishermen I saw fishing right at the Daytona Beach Pier, I think we’d come back with quite the catch!

Family Friendly Vacation Destination Daytona Beach Florida #LoveDaytonaBeach

Have you ever been to Daytona Beach? If you haven’t, I hope that this helps to inspire you to plan a trip in the near future! Whether you’re looking forward to a family vacation or a romantic weekend away, Daytona Beach is a family-friendly vacation destination for everyone!

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  1. says

    It has been YEARS and YEARS since I have been to Daytona, but I’d love to go there again someday. I’m not much of a swimmer, but I do enjoy going to the beach. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind. :)

  2. says

    It has been many, many years since I have been to Dayton Beach but I remember the sand and how much fun we had. I would love to take my kids there!

  3. says

    We just got back from FL and sadly, didn’t make much time for beach visits. I would love to include a Daytona trip on my next vacation there because the beach looks clean and family friendly!

  4. christina aliperti says

    I would love to go to Daytona beach on my next vacation because I haven’t been there for years. I need a nice warm place to go where I can lay in the sun and have a drink!

  5. Catherine S says

    I love driving over to Daytona Beach for the weekend. It looks like you had a great trip. Daytona has a lot of fun family activities.

  6. says

    It looks so pretty! I haven’t been to Daytona since spring break many years ago, and my memories of it aren’t quite as family-friendly. 😉 It’s nice to see that a family would love Daytona too.

  7. says

    I want to visit Daytona Beach because we lived in Florida for 18 years and never visited (how dumb on my part!). I love your pictures, they’re big, beautiful, and clear!

  8. Rachelle J says

    Living in TN we are landlocked, so that s why during vacation we like to try to visit a beach! I would love to visit Daytona during our next beach trip due to the family fun we can have!

  9. Jacqueline says

    Daytona has the BEST seaside bars! Everything there is pretty cheap compared to where I am in Ft. Lauderdale. I admit, I also drive through there on the way north out of Florida, but rarely stop. They have great hotel options too. I LOVE Daytona and really need to get there more often!!

  10. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This would be a great place to spend a weekend. There are so many different things to do. It would be so much fun.

  11. Courtney says

    Ahhhh I love Daytona! It’s been awhile since I’ve been… This post makes me wanna go back sometime soon 😉

  12. says

    I have never been to Florida, but have always wanted to visit Daytona. My dad is always talking about how awesome it is and how he wants to retire there.

  13. says

    I was JUST talking about Florida today with one of my friends. I’ve never made it out that way before – my parents have been on vacation in Florida. But I think it’s a little too far for me to travel there since we now live in California (Canada before).

  14. says

    Even though I have lived in Florida for over 20 years I still have not stay in Daytona Beach. I would love to visit the beach and the racetrack too. On my next road trip I’m going to have to plan a stay. I’m intrigued that you can drive on the beach. That must be something to experience.

  15. Birdiebee says

    I would love to visit Daytona Beach on my next vacation since I have never been to the beach on the east coast. I have only been to the WA and ORA coast and would love to bask in the sun on a warm beach.

  16. says

    I lived in Holly Hill FL when i was about five and we used to go to Daytona every month, the flea market on the beach was my favorite! I have wanted to go back for many years!

  17. Sandy Klocinski says

    History – Daytona Beach is full of history beginning with our native ancestors the Timucuan Indians, Spanish and French settlements, sugar mill plantations and the man who put Florida on the map as a tourist destination, Henry Flagler.

  18. Lisa S says

    Loved your article… Never knew there was so much to do! Would love to make it there soon. Since it’s only a few hours drive. Thanks for the great info!

  19. says

    I’ve never been to Daytona Beach. It looks like there are a lot of fun activities! I would love to go there on vacation to enjoy the beach with my family.

  20. Rosie says

    I’d love to go when there is a festival, like the Halifax art festival! I’ve been to a few places in Florida, but not Daytona Beach! I’d love to enjoy that beach, too! I didn’t realize how family oriented it is there!

  21. Tari Lawson says

    My family loves Daytona Beach. I especially like driving on the beach and parking there. It is so nice not having to lug our stuff a long distance.

  22. Tracy Robertson says

    I would love to visit because it is beautiful! I would love to go when they are having the film festval that you mentioned. Watching films on the beach sounds lke the perfect, relaxing vacation.

  23. Claudette says

    I would love to travel there one day. I live in Pensacola and I think we have the most gorgeous beaches but after checking out this blog I am eager for a visit!

  24. Tammy S says

    I would love to go to Daytona Beach just to relax and soak up the sun. I am a total sun worshiper. Any chance I get to go to the beach, I’m there! Plus I would swing by the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory and take a tour. :)

  25. Cynthia R says

    We stopped in Daytona just for an hour on the way back from my family’s home and loved the beautiful beach, we have been talking about taking a vacation down there.

  26. Geoff K says

    Mostly because the lively atmosphere and warm weather would be a great contrast to the quiet, cold surroundings we have in New England!

  27. Stacy says

    Would like to visit there because I have heard such great things about it and have never been. :)
    Would like to cross it off my bucket list!

  28. Kim Keithline says

    My son goes to college at Daytona Beach at Embry Riddle so it would be the perfect vacation for me some time at the beach and seeing my son what could be better!!!

  29. Tara Liebing says

    Daytona beach looks like a laid back, warm and fun place to visit. I haven’t gone on a vacation since I was a kid so I am long over due for one.

  30. Allyson Bossie says

    I went to Florida for vacation when I was 18 and haven’t been able to go back but always wanted to. I want to hit Daytona Beach because I have always wanted to go

  31. Holly E says

    I grew up in Florida and I haven’t been to Daytona Beach in a very long time. I still have several friends that live there and I would love to see them.

  32. Dana Rodriguez says

    I used to live in Daytona/Ormond.So many things to do!! I really love the big flea market there..and of course the beaches!

  33. Sara M says

    We’ve never been there before & it looks beautiful. We haven’t taken a vacation in a few years, it would be nice to lounge on the beach!

  34. says

    I’d love to check out Daytona Beach because I’ve never been able to check it out and I think it would be an amazing anniversary this year for my husband and I.

  35. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I am a beach lover…but I live nowhere near a beach. I would LOVE to take a trip to Daytona! Beautiful!

  36. says

    Growing up my parents and I went to Daytona every summer. have fond memories of those trips. Haven’t been back in a long time. It was beautiful down there and would gain 5 pounds while I was there eating all the seafood. I think the ocean air gave me an appetite.

  37. Alyson says

    My children have never seen the ocean, and from the pictures that you have here, Daytona Beach looks like a really fun place to have beach fun and more.

  38. Robert Tschinkel says

    would love to visit Dayton Beach for the sun and the ocean, being from Cleveland it’s really cold here during Winter and this would be a definite break

  39. Michelle S says

    I live in Florida, but I haven’t been to Daytona in YEARS!!!! We used to have so much fun there, so of course I want to go back. :-)

  40. says

    I want to visit Daytona Beach because the last time we went there was a tropical storm and our lovely beach weekend was spent in a hotel room. We need a re-do!

  41. Kelly Nicholson says

    Include one reason why you want to visit Daytona Beach on your next vacation.

    i just love florida..been to the keys and miami beach..wanna see the rest

  42. Kimberly M. says

    I would love to go to Daytona Beach again because I was there 32 years ago and loved it but I was with my children. My sister lives close to Daytona and I would love to visit there again and just spend time with her relaxing on the beach. It was so beautiful there. I just would like a girls getaway this time.

  43. Ada miller says

    i would love to go to Daytona beach because we have only been to Virginia beach plus I’ve heard wonderful things about Daytona beach.

  44. bgsmama says

    we lived in tampa area for a bit and loved it. we only made it to daytona once and it was pretty amazing! we would love to visit again and enjoy the beach!

  45. kath g says

    I’ve never been there, but it looks like it has a wonderful array of outdoor activities and then of course there is the beach! the pictures alone make me want to go….

  46. Randi C. says

    It is so cold here in New York now, and Daytona looks like a place where there is so much to do, restaurants, and just a fun. awesome place.

  47. Tabathia B says

    Because as much as I love Myrtle Beach, I just have a feeling that the beaches in Florida are more incredible and the water is beautiful and I love the idea of an amusement park on the beach

  48. Claire McKeon says

    I haven’t been to Daytona in years and I have a lot of great memories of it. Renting those little leg propelled dune buggies looks like fun!

  49. Carly D. says

    My mom lives in FL and I haven”t been down to visit since she moved. It would be a wonderful place for a mom and daughter get together!!

  50. Sandy Cain says

    I want to go someplace warm, someplace with a gorgeous beach, and good things to do. Daytona Beach fits the bill !

  51. Heather Wilson says

    Daytona is always a great place to visit! It would only be a quick drive there, but any vacation is a good one!

  52. betty badgett says

    I would love to go to Daytona if I were to take a long distance vacation. Being a single mom, and now a Grandparent Parent I look at pictures like you have posted and I read and it makes me smile. So, I kind of take a mental vacation when I see and read these. We go to local places for the day and we camp, but to go “away”? Not right now.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Gma Betty

  53. Kimmy Moore says

    I haven’t; been on vacation in almost 3 years and have not been to Daytona Beach in over 30. I’d be in Heaven.

  54. Jenysa says

    I have never been to Daytona Beach but would love to, especially after reading your review. I think the beach and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens sound wonderful. It is also a fairly reasonable flight from our location.

  55. Julie Harris says

    My biggest reason would have to be that we live in Kansas and are so far away from the ocean that I always wish we could travel more to beautiful beaches

  56. Lisa V. says

    Being an easterner, I always love the ocean and the beach…except this is more southern than me and the fishing is better.

  57. Carolyn Daley says

    I would love to visit Daytona Beach because it is such a beautiful place. I live in South Florida so I can drive up to Daytona in a few hours. It would be a great weekend getaway.

  58. Sarah L says

    I want to visit Daytona for the beautiful beaches and since it’s MUCH warmer than the 12 degree wind chill we have right now.
    Thanks for the contest.

  59. Shareen Mioskowski says

    I have been to Daytona beach as a child and would love to take my children to see the beautiful beach and have good memories as I do!

  60. stacy says

    I love Daytona Beach! I am on the west coast of FL, so it is nice to travel across the state to the East coast to enjoy the Atlantic ocean!

  61. cynthia Dawson says

    I would love to visit Daytona Beach on my next vacation because my husband and daughter have never been to florida!

  62. Leslie Davis says

    I visited once when my uncle’s family lived there would be nice to go back now that I’m older and they moved away.

  63. e michelle says

    i would love to visit again! We went for the first time with my mother in law and didnt have a good time i would love just to go with the kids and play things by ear!

  64. Stephanie Phelps says

    The waves are the best reason to visit Daytona Beach. We love to body surf and this is the place to do it! You guys look like ya’ll had a blast!

  65. Jill Myrick says

    I would love to visit because I live in the mountains of NC but love the beach. Daytona Beach looks like it would be loads of fun for my whole family and I would love to plan a vacation there.


  66. Bryan E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…we have never visited the Atlantic coast of Florida, have only been on the Gulf coast, would love to visit sometime !

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