Daytona Beach is more than a party beach. There are tons of free things to do in Daytona Beach — perfect for family vacations any time of the year. From playing in the Atlantic Ocean to feeding stingrays, there is something fun for every member of the family.
A Daytona Beach family vacation is a must do when in Florida. Known as the “most famous beach in the world”, Daytona Beach has more to offer than just the beach. If your family is looking for lots of fun, you’ll love these activities. From science adventures to magic tricks, Daytona Beach offers at very reasonable prices.
Check out these fun and free activities to do in Daytona, Florida:
Stroll through Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens
You need to check this place out because the pictures online just looked amazing. You won’t be let down! When you arrive, you will be instantly enamored with the beauty of the place. The walking paths are lined with foliage and vegetation, not to mention curious squirrels.
This place has an interesting history. There are a bunch of random dinosaur statues that are apparently remnants of a short-lived amusement park called Bongoland. You can also take a stroll through the remains of the old sugar mill factory. This place is definitely a must see spot if you’re visiting the Daytona Beach area.
Explore the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse
The Ponce De Leon Lighthouse won’t let you down. This 175-foot tall lighthouse overlooks the Ponce Inlet beach. The views from the top are just amazing. You won’t find this place overcrowded.
Visit the North Peninsula Sate Recreation Area
Now that you’ve had your fill of tours and tourists, take a secluded and peaceful hike through the North Peninsula State Park. Parking is free and cars aren’t allowed on the beach, so you won’t have to worry about sharing the road. Plus there aren’t any tacky condos in sight. Just pretty walking trails, sun-bathers, turtles, and blue herons. The North Peninsula Sate Recreation Area is a bird-watchers paradise, so if that’s your thing, make sure to go with your binoculars.
Check out The Casements – John D. Rockefeller’s Summer Home
The Casements was purchased in 1918 for John D. Rockefeller and it served as his winter getaway during his retirement years. He ultimately passed away there in 1937.
While quite interesting, the Casement is a bit of an anomaly. After Rockefeller passed, it served as a girls’ preparatory school for 20 years. After which it fell into disrepair after it was ravaged by fires and severe weather. It was ultimately bought by the city of Ormond Beach and is now restores and serves as a cultural community center.
At a price of free, it’s definitely worth checking out. And while much of the original substance of the house is long gone, there are enough pictures inside and interesting stories to read to make it a worthwhile visit.