Looking to swap your snow shoes for some sunshine? Or maybe you’re a fellow Floridian looking for a weekend getaway? Either way, Daytona Beach has got you covered! The following are 5 fun-in-the-sun-things you won’t want to miss while you’re there!
Where to Stay in Daytona Beach
Hilton Daytona Beach Florida Oceanfront Resort
In my opinion, there is no better hotel in Daytona Beach than the Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Not only is it located front and center on Daytona’s famous beach, but it’s also within walking distance of Ocean Walk Village, which is the prime time area for great beachside entertainment.
The Hilton also offers up 6 different restaurants on site, a beautiful heated swimming pool with beach views, a hot tub, kid’s pool and even a second pool deck with another children’s pool and a miniature olympic-style heated pool. What more could you want?
With the Covid-19 pandemic, I really appreciated how safe and clean everything was inside the hotel. For more information on their safety and sanitation protocols, check out their website.
Be sure to check out their Dream Away Package, which will give you up to 20% off of standard rates. You’ll also enjoy the flexibility of early check-in, late check-out, and free early departure, if you need to change your plans. They also offer an incredible Florida Resident Rate, with rooms starting at just $99!
BONUS: Daytona Beach is located just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Disney Land in Orlando, so why not stay on the beach and take a day trip to say hello to Micky Mouse as well?
Normally, we stay in Airbnbs when we travel to gain a more local perspective, but the Hilton Daytona was too good to pass up. There is an abundance of affordable Airbnbs in the Daytona area, if you’re looking to go that route instead of a hotel.
5 Fun-In-The-Sun Things To Do
It should be almost illegal if you don’t enjoy some time at the beach while you’re in Daytona. With 23 miles of wide open white sandy beach coastline and plenty of elbow room for social distancing, Daytona Beach will surely give you all that you need and more.
While you’re there, don’t miss the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, which offers several family-owned and operated businesses that have been around for years. You’ll find the Sandblaster Roller Coaster, an arcade, jugglers, street performers, the Mardi Gras Fun Center, Joy Land Amusement Center, Pizza King, free concerts and SO much more!
There’s also a restaurant located right on the pier, Joe’s Crab Shack, that is great even if you’re just having a cocktail.
I spent many a days having a blast at the Daytona Lagoon when we lived nearby. Whether you like to relax and float down the lazy river, splash in the giant waves of the wave pool, or experience one of the 12 water rides they offer, you’ll surely have a day to remember. They also have a ropes course with 10 obstacles, a 70-foot Sky Rail zipline, laser tag, go kart racing, mini golf, a rock wall and SO much more!
The Daytona Lagoon is conveniently located across the street from the Hilton Daytona Beach. The family entertainment center is open year round and the water park is open March-September.
Enjoy a Baseball Game at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
The 5,100 seat ballpark is named after the first African American to play in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson. There, you’ll also find historical pieces and a museum dedicated to the late, great ball player.
Explore Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Picture this…you and your friends are cruising on bicycles around Ponce Inlet (located about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach), beverages in hand, hopping from restaurant to restaurant on the water. You finish the day climbing the 203 lighthouse steps to really take in the views that Daytona Beach has to offer.
Sound amazing? It really is! One of my favorite things to do while we lived in this area was this bike route with friends. While we used to supply our own bicycles, you can certainly rent them at the Ocean Inlet Surf Shop right in Ponce Inlet.
We used to stop at the following restaurants along the 10 mile route (the entire route will take you about 1 hour-without stops). If you want to shorten the route, just remove Boondocks.
- Racings North Turn
- Boondocks Restaurant
- Off the Hook at Inlet Harbor
- Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill
- Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Here is a link to Google Maps with every stop on along the way! Have a great time for me and send me your photos!
Other Things To Do
The fun doesn’t stop at the 5 places that I’ve listed above! Here are a few other outdoor activities that surely won’t disappoint:
- LPGA Golf Course
- Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Cycle Tours with Hopcycles
- Tomoka State Park
- Segway Tours
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