Looking for fun things to do in Eastern Central Florida (Volusia County). This page mainly focuses on fun things to do in Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona, Port Orange, Ponce Inlet, & New Smyrna Beach. There are a few things outside the local area like Blue Springs, Orlando or NASA (Kennedy Space Center). These fun things to do are more of a whole day trip, these trips require more planning since they are 45+ minutes away from Daytona.
Daytona Beach Shores is on a peninsula and is accessed by 6 major bridges which connect the Daytona Beach mainland. The river between the two Daytona Beaches (mainland and beachside) is called the Intercoastal Waterway and the part of this that flows through Daytona Beach is called the Halifax River. This is brackish water (mixed salt and fresh) and is a toll free 3,000 mile long shipping route made up of sounds, bays, lagoons, rivers, and canals. Most of the river is usable by deep-draft vessels. See the tide chart for Daytona Beach here.
Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company (Forest Gump’s) restaurant. Inspired by the 1994 movies, this American restaurant chain has over 40 locations worldwide and started in California. They serve American food in a fishing boat setting. Bubba Gump’s in Daytona Beach has over 5,000 likes on their Facebook Page. Meals are around $20 before the drink(s). They have Mahi Mahi, shrimp, fish, burgers and chicken. Happy hour is 3 to 6pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Bubba Gump’s also has 7 flavors of margaritas. (Original, Strawberry, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango, Blackberry, & Wild Berry). Looking for great calamari? Bubba Gump’s has it and it’s one of their best appetizers.
Looking for local Daytona Beach area fireworks? You can see a weekly free fireworks show all summer long right in the heart of Daytona Beach. It takes place at the OceanWalk Bandshell amphitheater just down from the Daytona Beach pier!
Looking for wildlife in the Daytona Beach area? Here’s a collection of wildlife and places where you might find them.
Bethune Beach is located in New Smyrna Beach and is a famous landmark also called Mary Mcleod Bethune Park.
The Daytona Beach pier is located next to the boardwalk and screamer Park in the center of everything Daytona Beach. On the pier is Crabby Joe’s and there is a paid parking garage nearby. The pier is open and you can walk out to the end during daylight hours. It is closed from time to time and has a giant gate. People fish off this pier everyday. Nearby is the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, Screamers Park, the Main Street Bars and the Ocean Walk Shops.
Looking for kite surfing in the Daytona Beach area? Here is a collection of kite boarding and surfing video and info!
Get your spear fishing on in Daytona Beach. Dangerous fish are everywhere but your well prepared! Armed with your trusty spear gun and a few other weapons, your off into the deep! Tonight’s dinner will be earned.
Ponce Inlet lighthouse is worth the the climb and is located by driving south on A1A all the way to the Ponce Inlet harbor. Drive south on A1A till you hit the cove and can’t drive any farther. It’s a little over 5.5 miles from the Dunlawton Bridge. Watch your speed when this drops to single lanes. If you go too far and pass the lighthouse, you end up on the back road heading north. Near the light house is Lighthouse Point Park, an ice-cream shop, restaurant and boat rental areas.
The beach wouldn’t be the beach without someone surfing. Even if you just like to watch, Daytona Beach surfing is another fun thing to do in the Daytona Beach area. Nearby is famous Ponce Inlet, the shark bite capital of the USA!
Have a lot of stuff you want to take to the beach? Daytona Beach allows you to drive and park on the beach right next to where you will set up your umbrella! Unfortunately, it does cost money and if your visiting it’s a daily fee ($20 daily, $100 annual). If your a local you get a yearly pass for $25! This is a great benefit if you have family and a bunch of stuff to drag to the beach. Note: There is a small window that happens when the Police open the gates to the beach (8am-ish). There is sometimes no one there at the booth and for 15 minutes you can access the beach for free. When you leave the beach they don’t stop you. There is free parking at Sun Splash Park and paid parking near the ocean Walk (look for the people bridge overpass across A1A).
Get your boogie board on! Daytona Beach has some great waves year round. If you are looking to learn more about Daytona Beach boogie boarding and where to go, check these videos out!
Looking to renew your vows or get married in Daytona Beach. It is the mosty famous beach in the world and there are some cool places including the beach to do it!
Another great attraction in New Smyrna Beach is Disappearing Island. Twice a day this island disappears due to the local tides and when it is there people picnic and party on it. It is located in Ponce Inlet with many other local attractions. To get to it you will need a boat. The currents can be rough and depending on the tide going in or out, can be very dangerous.
The Daytona Beach boardwalk is a small area that has a mini amusement park (Screamer’s Park), a pier and like a dozen shops. Across the street is Daytona Lagoon & the Main Street bars. Down the boardwalk is the Wyndham and Hilton (Ocean Walk Shops). The beach area in front of the boardwalk is for people only and driving on the beach is south and north of this area which is about 1 mile.
Looking for an old school fun thing to do? Here are some cool videos all about flying a kite in the Daytona Beach area.
Interested in scuba diving the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach waters? There are over 60 man made reefs consiting of concrete rubble, planes, ships and more to help create habitats for fish and marine wildlife!
Ponce Inlet Florida has an incredible amount of fun things to do! They offer a lighthouse, museum, boat tours, jet ski rentals, parasailing and more. There is a 40+ acre reserve here, a marine center and disappearing Island.
Looking for an above the ground type of adventure during your stay in Daytona Beach, try parasailing! Fly from 600 to 1200 feet above the ocean! Located in Ponce Inlet, you will get a bird’s eye view of the entire area!
Looking for buried treasure in the Daytona Beach area? You can search the beach areas but don’t get caught on private property or park without first checking with the officials. Here is a collection of what others have found in Daytona Beach with a metal detector!
What's within an hour of Daytona Beach Florida?
Within an hour of Daytona Beach is Orlando (west), Saint Augustine (north), and Cocoa Beach (south).
Daytona Beach has a free concert every weekend throughout the summer. There are bigger venues too including famous comedians and even some larger more popular bands. Have a look at this collection of concert information & videos.
If your going to Ponce Inlet for the day consider spending some time at the Marine Discovery Center! They offer free and paid adventures including kayak tours, boat tours and walking tours! You’ll also learn about conservation and local wildlife. This place is next to Lighthouse Point Park and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
Love wildlife? The Daytona Beach area offers a lot of bird watching and you can spot many tupes of bird across the entire area. Here is a video collection of bird wildlife.
Rockefeller’s house (The Casements) known as “The Jewel of Ormond Beach”, is located in Ormond Beach and is a local area museum. Across the street is a small park and the river. Rockefeller House is located at the far end of Daytona Beach Shores (A1A North) on Route 40 (Granada ave). You have to enter just before the bridge and before going landside. There is a one-way road which leads to parking and the museum.
SHARKS & Daytona Beach! What video collection & vacation board is complete without some information about sharks?
Have you experienced the new amusement park in Daytona Beach? They recently closed the boardwalks roller coaster and have created what many consider to be a much better fun park and attraction for vacationers!
Lighthouse Point Park is located at the far end of the A1A Daytona Beach Shores peninsula. Head south of the Dunlawton bridge about 5.5 miles. There is a fee to access this park but it provides parking, facilities and is dog friendly. It also allows for all day parking should you want to walk around Ponce inlet. The lighthouse is really close and is a great climb.
The Daytona Beach Ocean Walk is the heart of Daytona Beach. You can find the Bandshell and the Daytona Beach Boardwalk here. There is a parking garage and a people bridge to access the area. The Wyndham and the Hilton are located here along with a dozen other businesses!
Sea Turtle season Daytona Beach is May 1st to October 31 and is a time when the Sea Turtle lay their eggs and then hatch. Each nest can produce up to 100 baby sea turtles! The turtle nests are marked and cannot be disturbed. Residents also can’t shine residential home lights on the beach.
Dirty Harry’s Saloon is another Main Street bar attraction located on this famous strip. They offer live rock-n-roll, outdoor seating and a party vibe. They have Texas Hold’em every Monday and karaoke every Friday, Saturday and Sunday late night!
The Cabbage Patch is a campground and biker bar that hosts crazy events during Bike Week and Octoberfest. They have contests like coleslaw wrestling, live shows and claim to be the oldest biker bar. Located in Samsula on the back side of New Smyrna Beach!
Boot Hill Saloon & Bar is located on Main Street, Beach side Daytona Beach. Boot Hill Saloon is one of the most famous bars in the Daytona Beach area. The bar is located at the far end of main Street close to the river. There is a famous cemetery next door on the opposing corner lot. During Bike Week and Octoberfest this is the start of the closed off foot traffic only area of Main Street. Many Uber and Lyft drivers pickup and drop off here.
Looking for kayaking in the Daytona Beach area? Here is a collection of the many places you can rent or launch a kayak!
Looking for dolphins and manatees in the Daytona Beach area? You have options depending on whether you want to swim with dolphins or just want to see dolphins. Manatees can also be seen in their natural surroundings year round. Here’s where to find them!
Looking for jet ski information in the Daytona Beach area? Here is a collection of jet ski related videos, rentals and places to go!
The Daytona Beach area has a lot of fishing options including pier, ocean, river and lake based fishing. There are charters for deep sea, the river, brackish, salt and fresh water. Here is a growing collection of fishing opportunities and adventures!
Dave & Busters Daytona Beach is an adult arcade with food and alcohol! If you are looking for a great time and want to play some high end games, check out Dave and Busters here in Daytona Beach Florida! They offer a 20% Military & First Responder discount!
Looking for alligators in the Daytona Beach Florida area? Although there can be alligators in just about any river, lake or pond in the area; they will be small and very hard to find. Always remember to respect wildlife especially alligators!
Looking to go shopping while in Daytoan Beach? There are several mall type areas where you can spend the day shopping and getting stuff. Daytona Beach has high end shops and stores that the rest of us can afford. Check out this collection of videos for more.
Looking for something to do with the kids? Check out Skyzone Daytona Beach, an indoor trampoline center where you can play even when the weather is bad! They offer skyhoops, dodgeball, a challenge course and a ninja warriors couirse!
Looking for local Daytona Beach area campgrounds, RV parks or a KOA? Here is a collection of videos about local places to stay and even some info on fun things to do while you are there!
Looking for go-kart fun in the Daytona Beach area? There are several places to get your racing spirit on. Daytona Lagoon has a one go kart track along with a water park and arcade. Go Kart City is another located in Port Orange just south of Daytona.
Looking for a zip line excursion in Daytona Beach? With over 40 aerial games and 10 zip-lines this is a cool way to spend an afternoon. Course 1 has 14 elements including ladders, wooden bridges, tight rope cables and zip lines. Located in Tuscawilla Park, there is also trails and a disk golf area!
There are a lot of old cars and antique car fanatics! Discover the car shows of Daytona Beach in this video collection and find your favorite old auto!
Love skate boarding? Here is a collection of videos and information all about skate parks in the Daytona beach area!
Hangar 15 is a Daytona Beach trampoline and extreme air sports park! They have some really cool stuff like airdunk, dodgeball, foampits and a tightrope which is actuallly a slack rope! Test your areal skills and conquer the ninja obstackle course! They have family nights and theme nights!
Discover history & museums in Daytona Beach Florida. Check out the arcade museum, discover old art or visit the planetarium. Discover the right venues for your visit through video.
Bowling has been a family favorite for years. Here are your options for local Daytona Beach area bowling. One of the largest in the area is GameTime which also offers over 100 video games!
There are several local Daytona Beach flea and farmers markets. During the holidays the largest are open all week but for the most part this is a weekend thing (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The largest in the area has hundreds of vendors!
Golf! Looking for golf activities in the Daytona Beach area? Here is a collection of videos related to local driving ranges, mini-golf courses, golf clubs and public golf courses. There are more than 20 local golf courses and a bunch of mini-golf courses.
Looking for antiques or vintage items in Daytona Beach? Here are some options where you could find that cool old time niknak!
Embry Riddle is located in Daytona Beach and is the world’s largest fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.. If you are interested in aviation or looking for a campus, this is worth the visit or at least a drive by.
Looking for a Dave and Busters alternative? Gametime offers 100 plus video games, retaurant and bar! If your looking for an adult video game and entertainment center, check out Gametime in Daytona Beach! They offer bowling and a 35,000 foot adult playground full of fun stuff to do!
Looking to get your Frisbee Golf on? There are some really cool disk golf courses in the Daytona Beach area. Have a look at these disk golf & frisbee golf videos and decide which one is for you!
Another great past time in American history is baseball! Her is a growing collection of information all about local Daytona Beach area baseball and even info on local batting cages.
Escape rooms in Daytona Beach & the surrounding area! The idea is that you and a group of close friend attempt to escape an area/room by discovering clues. You have a set time to escape or your will fail and DIE (don’t worry, it’s just a game)!
Located in Ormond Beach Florida, the Broken Spoke Saloon offers event and specializes to biker events (Bike Week & Octoberfest). They are another famous biker venue with locations in South Dakota (Sturgis) and New Hampshire (Laconia). Keep the shinny side up and the rubber side down!
Looking for a snack in Daytona Beach or the surrounding area? Here is a video collection of all the incredible goodies you can find here!
Looking for Barbecue and stuff done on a grill? Daytona Beach and the surrounding area has just what your looking for. Here is a collection of videos all about Daytona Beach BBQ, ribs and burgers!
Who doesn’t like pizza? Here is a collection of some of the finest pizza and pasta that Daytona Beach and the local area has to offer!
Looking for sushi in the Daytona Beach area? Me too. My favorite was Sapporo’s (now Sakana’s) Japanese Steak House. It has little boats that carry sushi around a bar like setting. Here is the Daytona Beach sushi collection.
Here is a collection of Daytona Beach area restaurants where you can find an assortment of great places to have dinner and lunch!
Looking for a view to remember? Check out these Daytona Beach area hot air balloon videos. You can only go where the wind blows when your in a hot air balloon. There are several companies that offer this adventure and you can do it tethered which means you just go up and then come down in the same place!
November 8th through the 10th in New Smyrna Beach is the next airshow in the Daytona Beach area. Emery Riddle is one of the local coordinators of these events and traditionally the Thunderbirds will fly over the Daytona 500 race!
Looking for a park where you can take your dog(s)! Inlet Dumes Park is top of the list for dog parks along the beach. Located in New Smyrna Beach, this large 73 acre park offers 5 eco systems, fishing and lots of wildlife! There is a $10 charge per vehicle to gain access.
Discover Tomoka State Park located just south of Daytona Beach in New Smyrna Beach Florida. You can camp, fish, Kayak and more at this amazing Volusia County park.
Looking for a quite place to eat lunch? There are many small parks across the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas, Riverside park is one of them. There is a picnic area and a deck style boardwalk that extends under the New Smyrna bridge.
Looking for a bigger New Smyrna Beach area park? Lake Ashby Park offers bathrooms, a picnic area, grills and a kids play area. There are also two pavillions and hiking on boardwalks over the lake. Camp and/or see wildlife including many types of birds.
Flagler Avenue is located in New Smyrna Beach which is south of Daytona Beach. It is the mail strip that leads to the most popular beach area in NSB. You can find a large selection of bars and small shop here.
The NASA complex also known as Space X or Cape Canaveral (NASA) is located just south of Daytona Beach. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s down the coast and an incredible ride! You might see some gators!
Looking for local Cocoa Beach Restaurants? Have a look at these delicious videos and see what you want to eat.
Interested in ship wrecks near Daytona Beach Florida? Here is a collection of boat wrecks and places to check them out!
Looking for things to discover in downtown Cocoa Beach Florida? So where will you spend your day in Cocoa?
Are you in town for a rocket launch? Space View Park (rightly named) is a place where you can clearly see the launch, safely.
Check out Ron Jon’s Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach Florida. This is one of the most famous surf shops on the east coast.
Do you love surfing? Visit the Kelly Slater Statue that commemorates this 11 time surfing champion. Who wants a selfie?
Check out one of the top sites in Cocoa Beach. The Cocoa Beach Pier has been visited by millions, will you be next?
Looking for something good to eat in the Titusville area? have you heard of Dixie Crossroads? Check out these Titusville restaurants and see what’s cooking.
Looking for a popular beachfront to explore and spend the day at? Check out Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.
Are you into plays, theatre and shows? Consider a show at the Titusville Playhouse. This theatre is a long standing theatre in its 50+ year. Before that it was called the Florida Theatre. They also claim it is haunted!
Visit one of America’s National Wildlife Refuge’s and National Seashore which surrounds the Kennedy Space Centre. This is a large area of over 140,000 acres. Learn more about the Merritt Island National Refuge here.
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