Taking the family — or just yourself — to the beach for a few days should involve a little time out of the sun, don’t you think?  Even a balcony with a snazzy ocean-view room can be too hot in the afternoon. Art in Daytona Beach on Florida’s coast offers some interesting options in little communities with distinct personalities. 

1. MURALS EASY TO LOCATE

Gigantic murals tell stories in DeLand, 13 of them filling exterior downtown walls. Eating chocolate’s just one of the options while gazing at outdoor murals, and here’s why:

This town of 28,000 people filled every single building with locally owned businesses, the kind of places they wanted to hang out too.

Can’t you tell when a place created stores meant for tourists? DeLand built for themselves and I believe that’s why visitors can be interested too.

Indy bookstore, vintage couture, vinyl records, sangria served on a patio, bicycles for sale or rent, restaurants with executive chefs and al fresco dining and orange mango fudge at Pat & Toni’s Chocolate and Sweet Things where everything’s hand-made.

Largest of the 13 murals, DeLand at the Turn of the Century is 100 feet long, filled with ordinary folks—the people who picked oranges, worked in the lumberyard, created a city out of wilderness.

In 1995 the city sold “face space” to finance the massive mural project. Had we only known, we could have paid for our mugs to be the likeness of the laborers depicted on this wall.

Ask shopkeepers for the DeLand Sculpture Walk brochure as you stroll so you get the stories of each mural.

For 2-7, please continue reading Seven Ways to Choose Art in Daytona Beach by guest blogger Christine Tibbetts from TravelingMom.com.