Pick up a board and lessons at Daytona Surfing School to test out the legendary surf at Daytona and neighboring Ormond Beach.
Have a day of fun getting soaked at Daytona Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Daytona Lagoon
Water park Daytona Lagoon offers slides, lazy river, wave pool, and a water playground. A separate fun zone features go-karts, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, miniature golf, bumper cars, and mega arcade that will thrill tots to teens.
For a novel bike ride, spin your wheels directly on the hard-packed Daytona Beach sand. Beachside kiosks rent bikes in a variety of sizes.
Take a stand-up paddleboard tour along the Halifax River, where you are likely to encounter dolphins, manatees, and more.
Located in neighboring Ormond Beach, Andy Romano Park offers a clean beach, free parking, pavilion, covered playground, splash pad, restrooms, and concessions.
Visitors can enjoy Daytona Beach resort pools even if not staying overnight with a resort day pass.
The fully equipped Sun Splash Park allows visitors to go from beach to park with ease.
This beachside park features a seasonal freshwater splash pad, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, free parking, restrooms, and over 600 feet of beachfront access.
Take a horseback ride along a gorgeous beach with Equestrian Adventures. Photo courtesy of Equestrian Adventures
Book a guided horseback ride along the beach or on a local state park trail.
Enjoy a 90-minute narrated scenic cruise through the beautiful intracoastal waterway. Catch a glimpse of historic waterfront homes, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, and aquatic wildlife.
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Watch a race and take a tour at the Daytona International Speedway. Photo by the author
Daytona Beach Attractions
Race fans can take a tour of the Daytona International Speedway, where they can check out the infield and pass through NASCAR garages. Admission to the Motorsports Hall of Fame is also included with Speedway tours.
The Daytona boardwalk is an American classic that looks straight out of a movie. Try the rides, pizza, hand-pulled taffy, arcade games, and a carnival atmosphere, sure to win over the kids.
See a FREE concert at the beachside Daytona Bandshell, which holds a free music series each summer.
Make a stop at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for hands-on activities.
The Museum of Arts & Sciences offers a planetarium, Coca-Cola memorabilia, interactive children’s museum, vintage trains, and more amazing exhibits. The children’s museum is housed in a separate wing and has hands-on activities, including the chance to build your own race car.
Located near MOAS in Tuscawilla Park, this zipline adventure course is a great place for little daredevils over 54 inches and 8 years of age and older to climb, zip, and swing from the trees.
Cheer on the Daytona Tortugas, minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, as they play ball at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Touch a sting ray at the Marine Science Center. Photo courtesy of the center
Learn all about Volusia County’s marine life at the Marine Science Center. Get first-hand views of sea turtle rehabilitation, walk the nature trail, touch a sting ray, and more.
Climb to the top of the Ponce Intel Lighthouse for gorgeous views. Photo courtesy of the lighthouse
Climb the 203 steps to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse for panoramic views of the surrounding beaches. The adjacent museum provides fascinating insights into the history and significance of this iconic landmark.
One of my fondest memories of visiting Daytona Beach as a child is putt putt golfing with my family. If you drive along A1A in Daytona Beach, there are an abundance of mini golf courses to choose from.
Located on the intracoastal waterway, Riverfront Esplanade is a park and botanical garden with a paved walking trial, swings overlooking the river, splash pad, and dog park.
Looking for an indoor activity in Daytona? Visit the Daytona Ice Arena for one of its public skate sessions.
Back Alley Lanes VR-Cade, with bowling, VR, and arcade games, is another indoor activity to escape the Florida heat or rain.
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Daytona Beach Shopping
Daytona Magic Shop is one of Florida’s last remaining brick-and-mortar magic shops. It carries a variety of magic tricks, novelties, and jokes, and the helpful staff is happy to demonstrate.
Willy Wonka must have vacationed in Daytona Beach, because the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory is pure imagination. Watch the chocolates being made the old-fashioned way through large windows and enjoy free samples.
For a traditional indoor mall shopping experience, head to the Volusia Mall.
Score some outlet deals at Daytona’s Tanger Outlets. Plus, the kids can play at the onsite splash pad.
One Daytona has a little something for everyone, including its free Summer in the Circle Concert Series.
One Daytona is a full entertainment destination, located directly across from Daytona International Speedway. It boasts shopping, restaurants, a movie theater, arcade, and a splash pad for the kids.
Kids love Caribbean Jack's, a kid-friendly, waterfront restaurant! Photo by the author
Daytona Beach Dining
This riverside restaurant is a favorite of our family! It features both indoor and outdoor seating (including gliding booths outdoors), live entertainment, and delicious food.
Donnie’s Donuts serves 125 vintage varieties of freshly fried treats. Still can’t find a flavor to please your palate? They customize, fulfilling your deepest donut fantasy.
Make your own flapjacks at this pancake house located inside De Leon Springs State Park. After you’ve had your fill, take a dip in the natural spring outside of the restaurant.
This casual restaurant caters to families, including vegan and vegetarians. They serve healthy smoothies, sandwiches, and salads (purchase a bottle of the house hot sauce, made from Bob Marley’s recipe). The bathroom is even stocked with baby supplies, including spare diapers!
Make a splash on the water slides at Sun Viking Lodge. Photo courtesy of the lodge
Daytona Beach Hotels
This family-owned beachfront hotel has been welcoming families to Daytona Beach for over 50 years. I have been visiting this hotel since I was a young girl and my kids love it just as much as I did! Sun Viking Lodge offers rooms and suites, many of which have full kitchens. Little ones will enjoy the shallow wading pool and playground, while older kids will love the water slide, packed activities program, and the indoor game room. There is also an indoor pool and poolside café.
This sprawling resort boasts over 700 rooms, and its beachfront location on a car-free stretch just steps from the pier make it a perfect option. There’s a kiddie pool and bike rentals are included in the room rate.
Hyatt Place offers clean, spacious rooms with a view of the ocean, and is located near many of the activities listed above. The free breakfast is a nice touch.
Kids and teens have a cool lounge to relax in at the Hard Rock Hotel. Photo courtesy of the hotel
This rockin’ Daytona Beach hotel features a newly renovated pool area, a Roxity Kids Club (ages 5-15), an array of dining options, and a unique “Sound of Your Stay” music program where you can have a guitar delivered to your room for a private jam session, included with your stay!