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Florida Family Vacations; Daytona Beach

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Daytona is probably most notable for its beaches (home of “The World’s Most Famous Beach”) and of course,  its motorsports including; the Daytona 500 (which brings in thousands of NASCAR race fans every year) and  Bike Week (which brings thousands of motorcycle fans from all over the country). But something you might not have known is that it’s is a fantastic place for a Florida family vacation, and is really very kid friendly. With an average temperature of 59.3F in the winter and 78.5F in the summer. The Birthplace of Speed provides wonderful weather conditions for just about any family vacation.

Daytona Beach, as beaches go,  is a very wide beach;  at low tide, the beach is up to 500 feet wide. No wonder they let cars drive on it! (Though, personally, I don’t think they should ever let people drive on a beach, for all the damage it can do, but hey, who am I?) Daytona’s big-wigs say you can, so drive on!…Just be careful of the sea turtles! See note  below:

NOTE: From May 15-Oct. 31st driving and parking is not allowed on the beach due to green sea turtle egg season (Read more about the turtles here).  To learn more about these majestic sea creatures visit the Marine Science Center, located at 100 Lighthouse Dr. in beautiful Ponce Inlet. You’ll be able to view sea turtles up-close at the rehabilitation facility, as well as rescued sea birds and a kid-friendly teaching lab — complete with microscopes! For a sneak peak visit www.marinesciencecenter.com or call (386) 304-5545.

Best Kid Friendly Travel’s own Stephany Weistling said in her Top 5 Kid Friendly Beaches in Florida post,

“Daytona is great for a vacation with tweens and teens.  Lots of activity going on here right at the beach.  The boardwalk is fun for all ages with shops, arcades and amusements on a pier that stretches out into the ocean.    Cars are allowed to drive on the beach for a fee.   Surfing is popular here, being that this beach is on the Atlantic Ocean and gets some actual waves.  If you’re a surfing novice, you could take surfing lessons and come home with great memories and a new skill.”

Also be sure to check out my “Florida Family Beach Vacations; The Fun Coast” post for even more kid friendly information about the area.

Kid Friendly Things to Do around Daytona Beach on your Florida Family Vacation:

“The World’s Most Famous Beach”  is named appropriately with its 23 miles of sandy, white beaches that are open to pedestrians 24/7 with free access and even cars are permitted in designated areas of the beach from sunrise to sunset, (tidal conditions permitting), its no wonder that Daytona is a mainstay for families. Click here for a map detailing the area’s vehicle-accessible and pedestrian-only beach areas.

BEACHES (courtesy of Daytonabeach.com)

27th Avenue Park
3701 S. Atlantic Ave
(386) 423-3300 ext. 5953

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Birthplace of Speed Park
Atlantic Ave. and Granada Blvd. (SR 40) beach approach
(386) 676-3216
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Breakers Oceanfront Park and Environmental Learning Center
13 South Atlantic Avenue and Main Street Pier
(386) 671-3569

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Canaveral National Seashore
7611 S. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 428-3384

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Flagler Avenue Park
Flagler Ave.
(386) 257-6000

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Frank Rendon Park
2705 S. Atlantic Ave
386-257-6000 ext.5953

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Lighthouse Point Park
5000 S. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 756-7488

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Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park
6656 S. Atlantic Ave
(386) 423-3300

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North Beach Community Park
Atlantic Ave. and Sapphire St.
(386) 424-2175

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North Peninsula State Park
40 Highbridge Road
(386) 517-2086

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North Peninsula State Recreation Area
S.R. A1A Fives miles north of Granada Blvd.
(386) 517-2086
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North Shore Park
1631 Ocean Shore Blvd
(386) 736-5953

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Oceanfront Park
800 Ora St.
(386) 671-3400

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Ora Street Park
Daytona Beach Bandshell
(386) 671-3420

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Smyrna Dunes Park
2995 N. Peninsula Drive
(386) 424-2935

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Sun Splash Park
611 S. Atlantic Ave.
386-257-6000 ext. 5953

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Tom Renick Park
1575 Oceanshore Blvd.
(386) 257- 6000 ext. 5953

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Winterhaven Park
Atlantic Ave.
(386) 257-6000 ext. 5953

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More Kid Friendly and Family Fun Things to do in Daytona Beach area: courtesy of DaytonaBeach.com

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
154 S. Beach Street
(386) 252-6531
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A Short Money Jet-Ski Rentals, Inc.
4940 S. Peninsula Dr
(386) 258-3040
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Baby Beach Rentals
123 Pinecrest Ave.
(877) 339-BABY
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Bellair Lanes & Entertainment Center
2575 N. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 677-5410
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Congo River Adventure Golf
2100 S. Atlantic Avenue
(386) 258-6808
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Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room
960 S. Williamson Blvd.
(386) 252-6484

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Daytona Ice Arena
2400 South Ridgewood Ave.
(386) 322-4848
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Daytona International Speedway Track Tours
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
(386) 947-6800
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Daytona Lagoon
601 Earl St.
(386) 254-5020
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Daytona Segs on the Beach
2 S Atlantic Ave. (located at Cruisin Cafe)
(386) 239-7158
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Daytona Slingshot
49 Ocean Ave.
(386) 254-8626
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Ducer Cruzer Bike & SK8
(386) 383-7433
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Fisherman’s Landing – Miniature Golf
500 E. 3rd Ave.
(386) 426-8515
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Go-Kart City & Mystic Harbor Miniature Golf
4114 S. Nova Rd.
(386) 761-2882
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Haunts of the World’s Most Famous Beach Ghost Tours
corners of Main Street and Peninsula Drive
(386) 253-6034
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Hawaiian Falls Golf
2504 S. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 767-7671
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Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Dr.
(386) 304-5545

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Mystic Harbor Miniature Golf
4114 S. Nova Rd.
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Ocean Walk 10 Movies
250 N. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 238-5252
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Ormond Lanes Bowling
260 N U.S. 1
(386) 672-2014
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Pirates Cove Adventure Golf
226 Cardinal Dr.
(386) 676-9326
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Pirate’s Island Mini Golf
3420 S. Atlantic Ave.
(386) 767-9397
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Planetarium @ the Museum of Arts & Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd.
(386)255-0285

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Water Toy Shop, Inc. – Boat Rentals
645 S. Beach St.
(386) 257-2031

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Kid Friendly Restaurants in Daytona Beach:

The top 10 best kid friendly restaurants according to the UrbanSpoon.com;

  1. Malibu Beach Grill
  2. Aunt Catfish’s On the…
  3. Daily Grind Burgers
  4. Our Deck Down Under
  5. Monterey Grill
  6. Cracked Egg Diner
  7. Dancing Avocado Kitchen
  8. Ginza
  9. Mango Sun Cafe and Grille
  10. Chucherias Hondureñas

Click on neighborhood to see more kid friendly restaurants; | Bunnell | Daytona Beach | Edgewater | Flagler Beach | Holly Hill | New Smyrna Beach | Oak Hill | Ormond Beach | Ponce Inlet | Port Orange | South Daytona

 

Also check out this site for more kid friendly restaurants;

Come to Daytona Beach for your next Florida family vacation and find out why it’s one of the best Florida has to offer!

If your family has stayed in Daytona area for a Florida family vacation in the past, please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear how it was!

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