Daytona Beach, Florida evokes images of NASCAR, big beaches, and adventure. Additionally, there are plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy at this seaside city. People staying at oceanfront vacation rentals in Daytona Beach can look forward to beach fun, hopping on jet skis, and parasailing to get a fantastic view of the shore. The boardwalk and amusement park in Daytona Beach are sure to impress. Check out several exciting things to do in Daytona Beach.
1. Stroll Along the Boardwalk and Pier
To get a good first sense of what Daytona Beach has to offer, start off with a walk down the Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Area and Pier. There are rides, games of chance, arcades, and all the great foods you’ve come to associate with beach boardwalks. The Ferris wheel in the amusement park area gives you unforgettable views of the ocean.
2. Hit the Water On a Paddleboard
Go on a paddleboard tour with the experienced guides at Three Brothers Boards and you may just get up close to a dolphin or manatee. They offer lessons to help people feel more comfortable if it’s their first time on a board, and they are comfortable with singles or groups.
3. Cool Off At the Water Park
Head over to Daytona Lagoon and hang out in the wave pool or on the waterslides when you want to get wet but avoid the beach. The park has a lazy river for relaxing, and it has an arcade and go-cart course to help keep the kids occupied while you take a breath. There are lockers for rent to store your items while you enjoy the park.
4. Have Fun and a Great Workout
Take your Daytona Beach vacation to the next level by pushing yourselves on the obstacles at Zoom Air. The park has a zip line course and obstacles that include rope swings, tightrope walking and cargo nets. They have routes that vary in level of difficulty so the entire family can challenge themselves.
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5. Jump For Joy
When you’re looking for things to do in Daytona Beach when the weather isn’t cooperating, head to Hanger 15 Extreme Air Sports to try the variety of trampolines. Cheer each other on when climbing the rock wall, and have fun laughing at other when you try to get out of the foam pit below.
6. Visit the Racetrack
People vacationing in Daytona beach who are NASCAR fans love to visit the famous speedway for the Daytona 500 Experience, and there’s plenty of fun for those who don’t know much about racing. You can take tours of the track and learn about racing history, or drive yourself and dream of winning the big race.
7. Satisfy Your Need for Speed
When you’ve had enough swimming, rent a Jetski from Action Jet Ski and Boat Rentals and race across the water. You can also rent several types of boats from the company, with or without a tour guide and driver to go along. Pack a lunch at your vacation rental and bring it along, they don’t mind if you eat on the boats.
8. Explore Game History
For people who love arcade games, the Daytona Arcade Museum is one of the must-see attractions near the beach. It has pinball machines, arcade games, and console games for people of all ages to play, and a large screen with 80s music videos to take you back in time.
9. Catch and Cook Your Dinner
If your vacation rental has a grill or a kitchen, head out on the water with Pole Dancer Fishin’ Charters and bring home your dinner. The company offers individual and group rates, and it has guides who can take you the best spots. For people who don’t like to fish, the views on the water are worth going along.
10. Enjoy a Little History
The Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences has a fascinating collection, including over 100,000 items from the family of the man who designed the original Coke bottle. You can walk on your own or take a guided tour, or relax for a bit while watching a laser show in the planetarium.
11. Sample the Local Eateries
One of the best things to do on any beach vacation is to settle down for some great fresh seafood after a busy day sightseeing. The Crab Shop II and Ocean Deck both have a wide variety of foods fresh from the sea. When you need variety to please everyone on your trip, visit Caribbean Jack’s or Tia Cori’s Tacos to change it up a bit.
12. Get Artistic
When you want to try something a little different, express your artistic side at Painting With a Twist. Everyone from kids to grandparents have a great time creating their own art, with help from the staff when you need it. They have kid-friendly drinks, as well as alcoholic drinks for the grown-ups.
13. Feel Like You’re Flying
To create vacation memories that last a lifetime, take to the skies with Daytona Beach Parasail. The crew goes over the basics and gets your family suited up to glide through the skies on a parachute attached to a boat. This is a great opportunity to spot sea life like rays and sharks from the air.
14. Relax With Some Music
After a long day on the water or exploring the boardwalk, head over to the Daytona Beach Bandshell over the weekend for free concerts. There is seating on the beach or boardwalk, and you can rent chairs if you don’t have your own. This is a great place to meet fellow travelers and locals, and it’s close to all the beachfront has to offer if you want to eat or have a few cocktails first.
15. Feed the Baby Gators
If you arrive before your vacation rental is ready or need an activity the whole family can get into, head over to Congo River Golf and Exploration for some miniature golf. They have live baby gators you can feed, and an overall African safari theme with plenty of cool things to look at.
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