Summertime means sun, sand and special memories here in Daytona Beach. This area proudly hosts families each and every year who come from all over to experience the iconic wide beaches and rich racing history. You could spend an entire vacation happily lounging on the beach with the breeze gently rustling the pages of a good book. But, for many kids, sitting still anywhere for that long can be a challenge! Luckily, Daytona Beach offers endless adventures for all ages.From our extensive beaches to educational opportunities and beyond, here are four of the most popular family-friendly activities to experience while vacationing in the area:
1. Visit the Marine Science Center.
Looking for ways to keep the kids engaged in learning all summer long? Take them for a hands-on ecology exploration in Ponce Inlet! The Marine Science Center lets the whole family get up close and personal with some of Daytona Beach’s wildlife. Get your hands wet in an aquatic touch pool with stingrays and hermit crabs — an especially popular event for kids of all ages. Explore exhibits on whales and the mangrove, an ancient tropical tree that is the foundation of our unique coastal ecosystems. And, observe sea turtles and seabirds receiving rehabilitation services before returning to the wild. It’s a fun and educational opportunity to help your family appreciate the natural wonders of the area you’re exploring all vacation long.
2. Explore the Waterways by Kayak.
With innumerable marshes, springs, lakes, rivers, creeks and inlets, the region is brimming with fun-filled water activities. Explore the waterways, soak in some fresh air, and get to know Florida’s wild side by becoming immersed in it! Kayaking is a great form of exercise, but it’s not so rigorous that kids won’t enjoy it. One of the best places to kayak in Daytona Beach is along the Tomoka River. Didn’t pack a kayak in your suitcase? No worries — you can take a guided tour or rent all the equipment you’ll need right at many of the area’s parks. Read more about where to rent gear and about the top places to kayak and paddleboard in Daytona Beach.
3. Ride Bikes on the Beach.
Explore the area on two wheels! With 23 miles of hard-packed, white-sand beaches, Daytona Beach provides plenty of elbow room to ride bikes right on the beach. Check the tide and take the family for an early morning cruise before the sun gets too high in the sky, or wind down your day of adventuring with an evening ride at low tide. There are local shops that rent out bicycles by the day or week — many even deliver them right to your hotel! Biking on the beach is the perfect way to spend time together while stretching your legs and getting a little bit of vacation exercise!
4. Splish and Splash at Daytona Lagoon.
Daytona Lagoon Waterpark and Family Entertainment Center has what you need for a fun-filled family outing that’ll cool everyone off even on the hottest summer day. A favorite among locals and visitors, this family park offers endless fun for all ages both indoors and outside. Relax along the lazy river, or have a family face-off with a race down the 4-lane racer slide. With over 12 water rides, a huge wave pool and various kiddie pools, there are lots of ways to stay cool as a cucumber here. And when you want to take a break and get out of the sun, head indoors to the Dry Park and enjoy go-karts, indoor ropes course, and hours of entertainment at the Mega Arcade. Play classic arcade favorites like Skee-Ball and air hockey, newer games like Star Wars Battle Pod, and games involving sports, shooting and dancing.
From fishing excursions to waterfront restaurants, and from art galleries to historical sites — there’s no end to the fun awaiting your family in Daytona Beach. Check out the Ultimate Daytona Beach Trail Guide to find some of the area's most interesting and Instagram-worthy spots!
And with a wide array of oceanfront accommodations readily available, planning your family’s getaway is easier than ever. Explore all of your options, and plan your trip today!