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Daytona Beach Activities, Hotels and Attractions

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Daytona BeachLooking for family Daytona Beach activities? No longer a haven for spring break mayhem, Daytona has changed into to great area for a family vacation. The 23 miles of sparkling white-sand beaches make Daytona Beach an unlimited playground for kids of all ages.

Another appeal is that Daytona is close to many major attractions, making it an ideal destination for the family. The Kennedy Space Center is to the south, Orlando to the west and St. Augustine to the north.

There are more than 50 parks in Daytona Beach that house facilities for picnicking, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and bird watching. A few of the parks even offer excellent sports facilities.Other Daytona Beach Family Attractions:

Adventure Landing Waterpark

Features a wavepool, numerous waterslides, a large arcade, three miniature golf courses, and a two-level, hairpin turn go-kart track.

Ocean Walk Village

Bridging Atlantic Avenue and the boardwalk, is Ocean Walk Village a complex that includes a cineplex and several retail shops and restaurants.

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Daytona USA, the official attraction of NASCAR, offers a combination of high-tech, hands-on excitement and a fascinating historical perspective that’s perfect for all ages.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

The tallest lighthouse in Florida, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, rewards those that climb to the top with a panoramic view.

Golf in Daytona Beach

For Mom and Dad, great golf is another reason why to choose the Daytona Beach area for your family vacation getaway!



For more information visit the Daytona Beach Florida Tourist Board




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Geoffrey Pines March 21, 2014 - 12:55 am

From Alabama, USA
Awesome Attractions In Daytona

One of the reasons that we went to Daytona aside from the beach is their amazing tourist attractions.

Our kids have been wanting to go to the Kennedy Space Center because of the documentary they have seen in the Discovery Channel.

To feed their curiosity, my and I gave them what they requested. At first, we were quite hesitant though thinking that we would have to spend but good thing that we found affordable family packages.

so when we arrived there, we stayed in a fancy hotel with great accommodation, food and service. They even had a van rental that would bring us to the different attractions.

First, we went to The Kennedy Space Center, to Daytona USA Nascar and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Seeing our kids happy was a great reward and we are thinking of giving them a vacation in summer. Where do you think can we go that they will love?

Hannah B March 21, 2014 - 12:56 am

From White Pine, Nevada, USA

Days At Daytona

We stayed in Daytona for a few days to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the birthday of my eldest daughter, Ashley.

She has been asking us for months to visit there so that we could see the Kennedy Space Center. So, we surprised Ashley and her siblings and they were really ecstatic.

We also visited other attractions such as the Daytona USA NASCAR and Adventure Landing Waterpark. We also enjoyed the food in the restaurants in Ocean Walk Village.

Of course, we enjoyed the sun, water and sand. We did a lot of water sports activities and our kids really had fun.

It was indeed a happy anniversary and birthday!!!

Sonika March 21, 2014 - 12:58 am

from Cincinnati

Daytona beach with a two year old?

Does that sound like fun? What activities would be available for her this time of the year (dec) ?

Hi Sonica, here are some family events in Daytona Beach in December:

10th Annual Winterfest 2010
Nov 14, 09 – Mar 28, 10
Presented by the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, this annual classical music festival will feature performances by the acclaimed Bruckner Orchestra Linz; Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company; The Capitol Steps; Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia of the Nations; Verdi’s Rigoletto; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. The event will also include a black tie dinner dance. For additional information, call (386) 253-2901 or visit

Gingerbread Magic Display
Nov 23, 09 – Dec 23, 09
10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday; Noon – 6 p.m. Sunday; 1700 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd, Volusia Mall, JC Penney/Books-A-Million Court, , Daytona Beach. Sponsored by the Daytona Beach West Rotary with proceeds benefiting United Cerebral Palsy, Stewart Marchman Act, and Rotary Charities. Features many creative gingerbread creations, which brings back the true spirit of the holidays. Great for all ages. For additional information call Linda, (386) 299-4051 or Maryke (386) 214-0085

“Recession Buster” Holiday Party Reception
Dec 01, 08, 15, 22, and 29, 2009
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; 721 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach (behind Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant at Loggerhead Club & Marina). Join the StarLite Princess Authentic Paddlewheeler for a dazzling night out. This smooth inland water cruise offers a Chef’s assortment of appetizers, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Cost is $25 per person (includes taxes, service charges and gratuities.) For more information call 1.800.444.4814.

Holiday Party Aboard the StarLite Princess
Dec 02, 09, 16, 23, and 30, 2009
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 721 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach. (Behind Caribbean Jack’s). Join the StarLite Princess Authentic Paddlewheeler for a 2 1/2 hour dinner dance cruise. You will be cruising on smooth inland waterways and enjoy a grand dinner buffet (prepared on board,) live music for listening and dancing, with cocktail service available. $43.75 per person. Call for group rates or more information at (386) 562-5550 or (800)444-4814.

Holiday Movies Under the Stars (double feature)
Dec 12, 09
6:30 and 8:15 p.m., Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater at City Center in Port Orange. If you’re looking to escape the Holiday traffic and the cost of Christmas, we have just the answer – an evening under starlit skies with warm popcorn and a movie the whole family will enjoy. Door prizes and games before the movie. Refreshments available. For additional information call (386) 506-5935

6:30 p.m.: Home Alone (Rated PG)
Plot – When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister’s (Macaulay Culkin) family rushes off on a holiday trip to Paris three days before Christmas, they accidentally leave the youngster behind to deck the halls with a barrage of booby traps to keep out a bumbling pair of burglars who have discovered that this tough little tyke is home alone.

8:15 p.m.: Elf (Rated PG)
Plot – Buddy (Will Ferrell) is raised by elves at the North Pole. When he notices his differences from the other elves he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy.

Holidays at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort
Starting Dec 04, 09
Enjoy a Gingerbread Village (through December 30), visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Helpers every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon (through December 20), relish the holiday entertainment and holiday treats every Friday and Saturday from 5-8 p.m. (through December 19), and have breakfast with Santa – including storytelling, prizes and treats — every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon (through December 19). For additional information call (386) 254-8200 ext. 237.

Candlelight Concert
Dec 20, 09
7:30 p.m. Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive (1/2 Mile North of Port Orange bridge), Daytona Beach Shores. Featuring the Stanford “Magnificat,” “O Holy Night,” “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow,” “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” and “Jingle Bells among others.” For more information, call (386) 767-8342 or visit

Christmas Eve Family Service
Dec 24, 09
5:30 p.m. Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive (1/2 Mile North of Port Orange bridge), Daytona Beach Shores. A unique service featuring the Christmas story read and portrayed by our children and youth. Living Nativity scene in the sanctuary. Christmas carols sung. The nursery is staffed for children 5 years old and under. For more information, call (386) 767-8342 or visit

Christmas Eve Candlelight Concert
Dec 24, 09
7:30 p.m. Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive (1/2 Mile North of Port Orange bridge), Daytona Beach Shores. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Of Nine Lessons and Carols. Featuring the Chancel Choir and congregation hearing the reading of the Christmas story and singing traditional carols from “O Come All Ye Faithful,” to “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” to “Silent Night.” Everyone will receive a candle as they enter and the service ends with a candlelight blessing. The nursery is staffed for children 5 years old and under. For more information, call (386) 767-8342 or visit

11th Annual Downtown Opry Christmas Show
Dec 20, 2009
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Plaza Ocean Club, 640 N. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach. This year our shows features Jennifer McGill performing a owerful rendition of Whitney Houston’s version of “Do You Hear What I Hear”and a showstopping “Oh Holy Night”; National Champion of the Colgate Country Showdown, Johnny Bulford of Nashville; and Guitar prodigy Timmy Rivers playing and singing familiar standards like “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells” Also scheduled to appear are lady barber shoppers The Fircrackers, Mr. Glenn Wiley, Chelsea Turbin, Alexis Turbin, Alex Kinsey, Kaitlyn Kent, Rich Tidwell, Pavlina, Raye Snow Dopson and Monica da Silva. Expect to hear your favorite Christmas standards and modern Christmas classics, Bring the entire family! Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Reserved Seats are $20, Adults are $15 Seniors/Students. Children 12 and under are $5. For tickets or information call (386) 307-0922.

Early New Year’s Celebration at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Dec 29, 09
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse invites you to join us for an Early New Year’s Celebration!. Enjoy family oriented activities and kid’s crafts. Visit our lighthouse keeper (in living history mode) as he describes his duties at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Then join him as he talks about the history of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, and demonstrates the maintenance duties on the First Order Fresnel Lens. Included with regular admission, no advance reservations required. Regular admission to the lighthouse museum is $5 for adults (12 years and older), and $1.50 for children. Call (386) 761-1821 for additional information.

New Year’s Eve at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort
Dec 31, 09
The resort’s fabulous New Year’s Eve Celebration welcomes couples for $399 (includes tax and gratuity) and includes the following: Overnight accommodations; a lavish dinner buffet; open bar; live entertainment by the ‘BuzzCatz’ an eight-piece dance band with a mix of classic, swing, soul, blues and rock and roll; party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop; overnight parking; and late 3 p.m. check-out. Ballroom Celebration located in Coquina Ballroom For reservations, call (386) 254-8200 ext. 8020 Ask for Code NYE ’09.

New Year’s Eve on Main Street
Dec 31, 09
Stroll world-famous Main Street in Daytona Beach for one of the biggest New Years Eve celebrations around. Revel in this high-energy street party, complete with live music, entertainment and activities hosted by Main Street’s many night clubs and eateries — and be sure to stay for the spectacular fireworks display, too!

New Year’s Eve at The Aquarium
Dec 31,09
125 Basin St., Daytona Beach – Open 9:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Party with contests and prizes. (386) 255-6477.


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