Beyond-the-Beach Ideas For Outdoor Fun in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, with its 23 miles of Atlantic shoreline and legendary beach racing history, conjures iconic images of the Florida outdoors: breathtaking beaches, oceanfront accommodations and family fun. Today’s Daytona Beach, though, offers that and more.

Located on Florida’s east coast, an easy drive–just an hour away–from nearby Orlando, St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center, there are a host of ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The area’s renowned beaches are only the beginning. A multitude of activities along a variety of inland waterways and amid diverse natural areas makes Daytona Beach an exceptional outdoor destination all year long.

Beyond-the-Beach Ideas For Outdoor Fun in Daytona Beach
Courtesy: Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Summer is a natural time for outdoor fun but the coastal breezes of spring and fall and moderate winter temperatures make these activities popular any time of year.

Activities on the Water

Fishing, of course, is a favorite here, whether pursuing a big game catch, trolling just offshore or casting on the inland waters.

There are charter options like On the Hook Charters with experienced captains who know how to find the big ones.

Other popular water activities include exploring the inland waters by paddleboardkayak or taking an eco-tour to watch dolphins play and learn more about the species and habitats of the area. Ponce Inlet Watersports offers board and kayak rentals as well as eco-tours that cruise the back bays and intracoastal waterway.

State Parks

On land, an impressive collection of public parks offers free parking and beach access along with picnic areas, playgrounds and more.

State parks add a variety of adventure. Tomoka State Park is great for birding, boating and camping along the Halifax River. Further inland, Blue Spring State Park  is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, a crystal clear, 73-degree designated Manatee Refuge. 

Trails

In Daytona Beach and throughout Volusia County, visitors also find a variety of trails for outdoor adventures.

Ormond Loop is a favorite for cyclists as well as those who want to enjoy the old-Florida oak canopy of this 30-mile scenic drive that skirts the Halifax River. The county’s Parks and Trails App is a valuable resource.

Golf

Daytona Beach is an excellent golf destination, ranked among the top 15 places to play golf in the U.S.

There are nearly 20 courses from which to choose, for year-round play, including the LPGA International, headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Up In The Air Adventures

Many visitors love to take in Daytona Beach from above, gliding above the beach with Daytona Parasailing or traversing through the trees of Tuscawilla Park with Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure.

Other Trails

There are trails of all kinds to take in during a trip to Daytona Beach.

Make time for these additional Daytona Beach area adventures: Ale TrailMotorsports TrailIconic TrailAfrican American Heritage Trail and the Monument and Statue Trail.