Just north of Daytona Beach along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, this beachside beauty offers travelers a first-class resort experience without the sacrifice of small-town grace. This Volusia County city provides its guests with elegance, relaxation, and more than easy access to much busier nearby hotspots like Orlando or Daytona.
Annual events reenacting the early days of beach racing have long been a local tradition at the nearby city of Ormond Beach, which is why it’s been deemed the "Birthplace of Speed"—it’s also an ideal location for a myriad of water activities, as it is close to numerous rivers, lakes, and springs. Culture enthusiasts will take pleasure in the historic downtown along Main Street in Ormond Beach, while outdoor lovers will fall head over heels for the array of easily-accessible beachfront and riverfront parks. For anyone seeking peace, solace, and a much quieter coastal vacation, Ormond-by-the-Sea is the place for you.
Racing, of course, is a major part of the local culture, as the need for speed is constantly celebrated with numerous annual racing events. Because Ormond-by-the-Sea is such a small town, most activities can be found at nearby Ormond Beach. Vacationers to the area can also enjoy swimming and sunbathing options galore, as well as, canoeing, fishing, romantic shoreline strolls, and a vast array of wildlife creatures at places such as the Tomoka State Park. Check out the Ormond Beach Farmers Market every Thursday, or the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop Ride for those looking to get a move on. Central Park is a nice nature spot to settle down at, as it consists of four parks totaling almost one hundred-fifty acres and five lakes. Gazebos, picnic pavilions, and the G.F. Althouse Nature Trail further add excitement to the area—not to mention Kingston Park and the historic Bacon home on John Anderson Drive.What’s more is that there’s a beautiful urban district on Ormond Beach’s Main Street that not only includes a thriving restaurant and shopping scene, but more riverfront parks, historic landmarks, and even an art museum! Arts, culture, and history aficionados should visit The Casements, as well as the Rockefeller Gardens. Better yet, why not catch a show at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center? It’s a 23,000- plus-square-foot theatre that seats six hundred plus patrons in a stadium-style setting. Be sure not to miss the Celtic Festival in the spring and the Seafood Festival in the fall, as well as Florida's Largest Bike Night at the Daytona Harley-Davidson every first Saturday of the month. Hop onto that hog to hang out and enjoy live music, barbecue, beer, and ice cream specials. What could be better?
The main area of action in Ormond-by-the-Sea is on Ocean Shore Boulevard. Don’t miss the great Italian food at Lenny’s, or a slice of pizza at Stavros Pizza House or Bruno’s Pizza - two fantastic, mouthwatering places to go after a day of sun and sand.
Any Florida vacation is bound to be the perfect family trip, and Ormond-by-the-Sea is just one of the many spots located on the Atlantic Ocean that will make for tons of fun in the sun. By itself, it’s known for its superb beaches, its numerous local landmarks, and some perfectly-preened golf courses. A visit to the nearby Tomoka State Park, which is located right along the river, is a great daytime excursion for kiddies and adults alike. There’s also the option of spending some quality time at North Peninsula State Park, which boasts with more than two miles of sandy beaches.
For those looking to explore a bit further, plan an outing to Orlando to visit the popular theme parks, or over to Daytona Beach, which is well known for its variety of attractions. Grab breakfast over at the Dancing Avocado Kitchen in historic downtown before racing on over for a tour of the Daytona International Speedway. Indulge that sweet tooth with a look around the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, or browse the exhibits at the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts and Sciences. There really is too much to see in this small Central Florida town to fit into one single visit!
The area is home to a variety of accommodations that include everything from upscale resorts and moderately priced vacation rentals to more budget friendly motels. In Ormond-by-the-Sea, your best option is to rent a beautiful vacation rental home near Ocean Shore Boulevard. Alternatively, you can try to stay near the Boardwalk or the Ocean Walk Entertainment Complex in nearby Ormond Beach, which features a nice collections of fun eateries, tiny shops, a historic amphitheater, and a mostly traffic-free beach. No matter where you opt to snooze, you’re sure to find a welcoming space to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Getting around by car is probably the simplest and most convenient means of moving around Ormond-by-the-Sea, as most major roads are all wide and easy to drive on. Other transportation options include Amtrak, which offers the Amtrak Auto Train service (with its southern Terminus located about 35 miles west of Ormond Beach), or the Greyhound Bus Lines, which provides bus service to nearby Daytona Beach. In Ormond Beach, there’s even the Beachside Trolley that operates from January to September along Atlantic Avenue on the shore.
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