Here are some hidden, and some not so secret, gems that will give you that local experience you're looking for in Daytona Beach.
1.) Cinematique Theater
For a cultural night out, follow the locals to Daytona Beach's only art-house cinema, the Cinematique Theater of Daytona. Enjoy food, beer and wine while viewing "hard-to-find" foreign and/or independent films.
2.) Daytona Beach's Water Park
Take your love of water up a notch! With over one million gallons of rushing water, Daytona Lagoon has exciting speed slides and attentive guards - all the ingredients for a fun and safe experience. Open through September, it is also home to a year round Family Entertainment Center, where you can enjoy Grand Prix go-kart racing, miniature golf, laser tag, rock wall, island hopper, and the largest arcade in Daytona Beach!
3.) Dunn's Attic & Auction House
Newly opened, enjoy 12,000 square feet of one-of-a-kind finds featuring everything from furniture and jewelry to handmade gifts and collectibles. Inside, Rosie's Café brims with breakfast and lunch items, old fashioned sodas, beer and wine. Stop by for Mimosa Saturdays - all mimosas just $1. A special Artist's Corner features local artists year-round. Shop ‘til you drop and find that special souvenir.
4.) Cracker Creek
Cracker Creek is an environmental and historical treasure just south of Daytona Beach in Port Orange. Located on the western side of scenic Spruce Creek, this 20-acre sanctuary is a natural home for a variety of endangered plants and animals best seen by boat or on foot. Visitors can paddle or tour the Creek on a variety of boat tours and sunset cruises, or via hydro bike, canoe and kayak rentals.
5.) Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail
Interested in exploring some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Florida? The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a must-do experience - ride, cycle or hike along 30 miles of roadways with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, Tomoka State Park and Bulow Creek State Park.