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9 Great Activities to do During Your Daytona Beach Vacation

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Daytona Beach teems with family-friendly activities to help you make the most of your vacation. Here’s a list of 9 area attractions and diversions that will appeal to kids of all ages!

Whether you want to recapture the nostalgia of your childhood beach trips or create new memories with your own family, it’s difficult to resist a beach boardwalk. Here you’ll find exciting amusement park rides like a Ferris wheel, slingshot ride and a roller coaster. There are also arcade game for those who’d rather keep their feet on the ground. You can also enjoy free summer concerts and fireworks every Saturday throughout the summer. Don’t miss a stop at family-owned Zeno’s for that iconic beach vacation treat — saltwater taffy. They’ve been making it since 1948!

Ocean Walk Shoppes
Conveniently located near The Plaza Resort & Spa, Ocean Walk Shoppes is the perfect place to take in a movie (it’s just $5 on Tuesdays!). Shop for the perfect souvenir. Grab a bite at one of the popular restaurants here including Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Jonny Rockets or Mai Tai Bar.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Built in 1887, this National Historic Landmark is Florida’s tallest lighthouse, as well as one of the tallest in the United States. One night in 1896, prolific writer Stephen Crane was part of the crew of a sinking steam tug. The beacon from the lighthouse guided their life boat to shore. This terrifying experience inspired one of his most famous short stories, “The Open Boat.”

Marine Science Center
Learn more about the area’s diverse coastal ecology and wildlife conservation efforts at the Marine Science Center. You’ll be captivated by the extensive and varied exhibits on marine habitats that include freshwater and sea turtle exhibits, a seabird aviary and a mangrove estuary. Kids will especially enjoy the 13-foot-long, 1,4000-gallon touch pool where they can interact with stingrays, sea anemones, hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs.

Ballpark fun
Named for the player responsible for professional baseball’s first racially integrated game is the Jackie Robinson Ballpark. It is home to the Daytona Tortugas, the minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. More than 150,000 fans come out each season to watch them play. You’ll find a statue of Robinson in the south entrance of the ballpark. The stadium earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Hit a water park
Situated in the heart of Daytona Beach, Daytona Lagoon provides so much more than a fun water park experience. With over 70 games (including Skee ball and air hockey), the MEGA arcade will keep your brood entertained for hours. There’s also laser tag, go-karts, miniature golf and rock wall available. Of course, thrilling water park rides like Blackbeard’s Revenge, Shake Halfpipe and Poseidon’s Pass are ideal ways to cool off on a summer day.

For a highflying adventure, you might want to book a ziplining tour. There’s a variety of ziplining opportunities in the Daytona Beach area. Tuscawilla Park, Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure and Castaway Canopy Zip Line Adventure are a few to consider.

Unstructured Beach time
Of course, summer vacations offer uninterrupted opportunities to relax and recharge. Whether it’s a lazy day of catching rays by the ocean, building sand castles or biking and walking along the water’s edge, you’ll find many ways to do just that. Don’t forget your sunscreen, though!

Events at the Plaza Summer at The Plaza Resort & Spa is full of fun family events. During your stay, enjoy crafts with the kids or poolside bingo as well as sand art activities and water balloon relay races. Make time for our Dive-in Movie. Book your Daytona Beach vacation now!

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