With beautiful warm weather and ample sunny days, Florida offers the perfect vacation spot for those who love spending time outdoors. Located on the northeastern edge of the state, Ormond Beach offers waterfront condos, quaint single-family homes, and cozy cottages perfect for small or large families to enjoy. All along the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida are beach towns and coastal communities with a plethora of family friendly activities and attractions. Book a stay at an Ormond Beach vacation rental today. Without further ado, here are the most scenic places to check out in and around Ormond Beach.
1. Ormond Beach
Spend your days surfing, soaking up the sun, or splashing around in the water when you choose a vacation rental within walking distance of Ormond Beach. When you’re not enjoying the water, stop by Pirate’s Cove for a round of miniature golf with your family, or visit Fortunato Park for a stroll along the waterfront. Head over to Bulow Creek State Park if you want to spend a day hiking and exploring the ruins of a pre-Civil War sugar cane plantation. Visit The Casements in Ormond Beach to take a tour of John D. Rockefeller’s summer home.
2. Flagler Beach
North of Ormond Beach sits the laid-back community of Flagler Beach. There, you can spend your days swimming, boating, or bike around the community. Visit the Flagler Beachfront Winery, and order one of the wine slushies to cool off on a hot summer day. You can also enjoy a meal at the winery with your family and take a couple of bottles home with you as souvenirs. Enjoy an evening stroll at Wadsworth Park while the kids play on the playground.
3. Painters Hill
Choose a beachfront home with stunning views and a deck where you can enjoy a cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise each morning when you choose a vacation rental in Painters Hill. In this charming beach community, you and your family can pass your days playing on the beach, biking, kayaking, fishing, and collecting seashells. Rent bikes to make your way around the area and check out the quirky, local boutiques.
4. Palm Coast
Head north up the A1A for a stay in the popular beach community of Palm Coast. Visit the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach for some hiking, bird watching, and walking along the beach, or stroll through the stunning, tranquil gardens at the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Hit the links and practice your golf swing at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club. You and the family can learn more about the area’s history and explore a Spanish fort at Fort Matanzas National Monument.
Head to the small town of Marineland to enjoy a peaceful vacation in a more secluded area. Known as “the world’s first oceanarium,” Marineland of Florida, located in town, offers shows with dolphins performing tricks at the urging of their trainers and the chance to swim and interact with these intelligent sea creatures. At the River to Sea Preserve, you and your family can spend your days snorkeling, chasing the waves, or building sandcastles on the beach before going out to dinner at one of the local restaurants.
6. Crescent Beach
Relax and rejuvenate your spirit when you pick a vacation rental in the charming coastal community of Crescent Beach. Enjoy biking around town, fishing, playing on the beach, and reconnecting with your family. Load the kids in the car, and head to Matanzas State Forest for some hiking or biking. You can also head to nearby Faver-Dykes State Park for a relaxing canoe ride. Follow the canoe-designated trail to explore the park by the water.
7. Butler Beach
Select a beachfront vacation rental on beautiful Butler Beach. There, you can spend your days sunning on the beach or relaxing near the water. For a change of pace, select one of the local charter companies to take you out to the best fishing holes, and then grill up the catch of the day back at your vacation rental. If you don’t catch any fish, grab some dinner at Redfrog & McToad’s Grub-n-Pub or Haszard’s Open Pit Beef, both located right on the Beach.
8. Vilano Beach
Located on a barrier island, Vilano Beach offers beachfront cottages and condos suitable for housing your entire family. After unpacking, head to Castle Otttis, a stunning landscape sculpture designed to look like an ancient Irish castle. You can also visit Vilano Beach Pier for some fishing or to simply sit back on one of the benches and enjoy the ocean breeze.
9. Ponte Vedra Beach
Head to Point Vedra Beach to enjoy its stunning white sand and relaxing atmosphere. Spend your days on a beach chair reading your favorite novel while the kids splash around in the ocean. Then, head to nearby South Beach Park or Sunshine Playground for a family for a picnic. After eating, enjoy a walk on the paths while your kids play on the playground.