Check out these free family-friendly things to see and do on your next Daytona Beach vacation at the Daytona SeaBreeze™ or Casa Del Mar Beach Resort!
Sun Splash Park
From sunrise to sunset each day Sun Splash Family Waterpark opens as an interactive playground where little beachgoers can enjoy a fun and safe place to beat the heat. Covered picnic areas are outfitted with convenient grills. Right next door, a shaded playground and interactive water fountains make it an ideal location for active kids to play while adults lounge and take in the expansive ocean views. Convenient vending machines provide cool beverages year-round, and since the park is accessible to the beach you’ll find vendors renting chairs, umbrellas, beach boards and boogie boards, weather permitting.
611 S Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach | 386.248.8072
North Peninsula State Park
Along a two-mile stretch of balmy Ormond by the Sea, North Peninsula State Park was designed to provide visitors with an experience of the Atlantic shore everyone in the family will love.
Tranquil blue ocean becomes foamy white surf along this clean stretch of sand, making a postcard-perfect setting for your Daytona afternoon. Swim or play in the waves, bask in the warm Florida sun, and surf fish in the Atlantic, or bank fish along the Intracoastal Waterway. This park is set on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so bird-watchers should keep a sharp eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Gulls, Terns and more, often spotted in this park.
40 Highbridge Rd., Ormond by the Sea | 386.517.2086
Southeast Museum of Photography
Detour from the hustle and flow of Daytona’s International Drive and pause to take in an afternoon of stunning visuals at Daytona State College’s Museum of Photography. Showcasing work of both local and national artists, select displays include silvery black and white compilations, abstract interpretations, and delightful visual surprises. But the museum is more than just photographs. Visual storytellers will appreciate the popular film series held Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Viewers enjoy both classic and contemporary films often followed by lively discussion.
1200 Int’l Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach | 386.506.4475
Dunlawton Sugar Mill
Before Florida became known as a plantation state, two Seminole Indian Wars twice destroyed the Dunlawton Sugar Mill by fire. With a 200-year history that spans four wars as well as a few years as home to an amusement park, this plantation’s ruins have quite a story to tell. Amid the long-swept ash and charred brick ruins visitors will discover lush botanical gardens blooming with a soothing mix of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and a tropical collection of greenery.
But true to its eclectic history, the Sugar Mill has a quirky side kids are sure to enjoy. Explore the grounds of the children’s garden and you’ll encounter a surprising sight—life-sized stone dinosaurs, frozen in time since their addition in the 1950’s, are an attraction unique to this landmark.
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd., Port Orange | 386.767.1735
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
Whether you love the creamy taste of velvety milk chocolate or a decadent treat more dark and bittersweet, sample your favorites on a free tour of the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Daytona’s small-batch confectioner since 1925. Behind the scenes of the family-owned chocolate emporium, candy makers blend tasty ingredients into tempting creations. Discover the sights, sounds and scents of the craft on a 20-minute guided tour of chocolate’s peak melting moments, then end on a sweet note with a free nibble on their best-selling treats. Don’t be surprised when you’re tempted to make a pit stop at the factory store to build your own box of bliss.
154 South Beach St., Daytona Beach | 386.252.6531
Mary McLeod Bethune House
Take a peek inside the home of Mary McLeod Bethune, a daughter of slaves who rose from her legacy to found Bethune-Cookman University. Established as “a place to awaken people and to have them realize that there is something in the world they can do.” Notable visitors have included First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, literary artist and activist Langston Hughes, and legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, just to name a few. To step inside this well-preserved home is to discover her personal artifacts and trace the path of the political activist known as the “First Lady of Negro America.” Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s home is now a site honored on America’s list of National Historic Landmarks.
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach | 386.481.2121
“The Jewel of Ormond Beach” is an imposing seaside mansion named for its distinctive hand-cut casement windows. Once the winter home of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, it’s now the Cultural Enrichment Center of Ormond Beach, a Florida Heritage site just two short blocks from the Atlantic shoreline. Tours of The Casements include tales of Rockefeller’s long friendship with Henry Flagler, and a stroll of its grounds treat you to beautiful gardens and an expansive view of the Halifax River. Unique collections preserved in The Casement’s museum include historical items from the Boy Scouts of America and costumes from Romanian festival culture. Stop by the gift shop and browse the jewelry, souvenirs, and Casement memorabilia.
25 Riverside Dr., Ormond Beach | 386.676.3216
Daytona Beach Bandshell
Nothing spells vacation like an outdoor concert with a full view of the sea, ocean breezes to cool your skin, and fantastic sounds drifting through the air! Listen as a schedule of talented bands pay tribute to popular music from every decade and genre as Atlantic Ocean waves lap the shore. The Daytona Beach Bandshell is a historic venue built in 1937 and constructed entirely from coquina shells. It’s a unique structure with acoustics that echo from the 5,000-seat area in front of the shell, all the way down the beach! After taking in a Saturday concert, spend the evening strolling the shore as a fireworks show sparkles over the ocean.
70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach | 386.239.6625
Tucked away from the beach crowds, Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park is a great place to spend a tranquil, sunny afternoon. Grill your favorites in the well-equipped picnic area while the kids play in the covered playground. And after lunch, walk or jog along the boardwalk or wooded trails and take in the natural scrub habitat filled with tortoises that call the area home.
If fishing is your pastime, this park runs from ocean side to riverside. Drop a line in the Atlantic Ocean or on the Halifax River—your choice. But it’s not all about relaxation at this park! Stay active with a game of shuffleboard, racquetball, or launch your canoe or kayak for an afternoon paddling the waterways.
1800 N Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach | 386.736.5953
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens
Ease into your day with a few quiet hours at a living monument created to soothe the senses. The Memorial Gardens, a lush, tropical rainforest nestled in the heart of Ormond Beach is one of this area’s best-kept secrets. Created to commemorate World War I & II veterans, the gardens feature five memorials surrounded by native and exotic plants, tranquil ponds and a relaxing waterfall. It’s easy to find moments of solitude here with a peaceful pause on a quiet bench, or a relaxing exploration of the labyrinth inside the gazebo.
Children will enjoy a stop along five lily ponds that provide a home to a variety of turtles, frogs and fish, and you’ll refresh your senses with a stroll along walkways and foot bridges. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a midday meal surrounded by the scent of papyrus, bananas, ginger lilies and wildflowers, then step into the museum next door where art exhibits feature a diverse selection of works created by regional artists.
78 E Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach | 386.676.3347
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