10 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 St., Daytona Beach, 1.800.969.2634
Located in the historic Riverfront Shops, Angell & Phelps Chocolates has been a Daytona Beach tradition since 1925. Take a free, guided, 30-minute tour through the chocolate-making process. Tours begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each Monday through Saturday.
2. The Casements
25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL, 386.676.3216
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 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 -11:30 a.m., Saturday.
3. Friends of the Bandshell Concert Series
Daytona Beach Oceanfront Bandshell, Daytona Beach, 386.947.8007
This free seasonal concert series is held May - September each Saturday beginning at 7:15 p.m. The concerts are held at the oceanfront, historic coquina bandshell and feature a variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, swing, country, big band, and Latin music. Be sure to stick around for the free fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Bring along a beach chair or rent one at the facility.
4. Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Home & Gravesite
640 Mary McLeod-Bethune Blvd., 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.
5. North Peninsula State Recreation Area
(5 miles north of Granada Blvd. on Hwy. A1A), Ormond Beach
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.
6. Ormond Bicentennial Park
1800 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach
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.
7. Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens
78 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386.676.3347
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.
8. Southeast Museum of Photography
Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, 386.506.4475
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.
9. Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens
950 Old Sugar Mill Road (U.S. 1 to Herbert St.), Port Orange.
Set amid 12 acres of lush botanical gardens stands the remains of an English sugar mill. The gardens were once home to the 1940s 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.
10. Sun Splash Park
611 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
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. Open sunrise to sunset.