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Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach

There's a lot to do in the Daytona Beach area that won't bust your budget. Whether it's simply a day at the beach or an action attraction, the destination offers value after value. Check out this handy list of FREE things to do during your stay!

1) Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour

154 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, (800) 969-2634

Angell & Phelps

Located in the historic Riverfront Shops in downtown Daytona Beach, Angell & Phelps Chocolates has been a Daytona Beach tradition since 1925. Watch the chocolate-making process anytime during regular operating hours and enjoy a free sample! You’ll be amazed at the selection of unique chocolates and other confectionary treats.

2) The Casements

25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL, (386) 676-3216

The Casements

Formerly the winter home of multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller, The Casements now serves as the City of Ormond Beach's cultural center and museum containing art and historical exhibits. Free tours of the Rockefeller period rooms and other exhibits are offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 -11:30 a.m., Saturday.

3)  Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Home & Gravesite

640 Mary McLeod-Bethune Boulevard, Daytona Beach, (386) 481-2122

Bethune-Cookman University is one of the richest resources of African-American historical and cultural exhibits in Florida. Bethune's home, located on the university's campus, serves as the headquarters of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Free, guided tours are available by appointment.

Watch video: Visit the National Historic Landmark home of world changer Mary McLeod Bethune.  

4) North Peninsula State Recreation Area

5 miles north of Granada Blvd. on Hwy. A1A, Ormond Beach

North Peninsula State Park

This 900-acre park offers over two miles of sandy beaches for recreational use. The area, which is open daily with free admission, features palmetto dunes and sea turtles, as well as some of the best surf fishing in the area.

5) Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park

1800 Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park

This park stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River and covers five ecological systems. It features tennis and racquetball courts, a softball field, a fishing pier, an exercise trail, and picnicking facilities. Admission is free, and the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

6) Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, (386) 676-3347

Ormond Memorial Art Museum

This museum showcases paintings, drawings, video, mixed media, photography and three-dimensional works of art. Adjacent to the museum are lush tropical gardens that offer a beautiful setting complete with gazebo and nature trails, fish ponds and fountains. Open daily, dawn to dusk. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is requested for each visitor, with the exception of seniors (60 and older) and children.

7) Southeast Museum of Photography

Daytona State College, 1200 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, (386) 506-4475

Southeast Museum of Photography

The Southeast Museum of Photography is one of only 12 specialized museums of its kind in the United States and one of fewer than 30 throughout the world. The museum is Florida's official museum of photography. Free admission. Check the website for hours.

8) Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

950 Old Sugar Mill Road (U.S. 1 to Herbert Street), Port Orange

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens and Bongoland

Set amid 12 acres of lush botanical gardens stands the remains of an English sugar mill. The gardens were once home to the 1950s theme park, Bongoland. Life-size dinosaur statues remain in the tropical setting and are still a favorite with children. The gardens also house a human sundial. The facility is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free and donation boxes are available for contributions.

9) Sun Splash Park

611 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach

Sunsplash Park Beachfront Blog

This oceanfront park features decorative walkways, a shaded playground, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers and two beach access ramps The four-acre facility also provides free, off-beach parking and is open sunrise to sunset. 

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