Things to Do With Kids in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach has been a Florida family tradition for decades. Each summer, families flock to the "World's Most Famous Beach" to soak up the sun and enjoy the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Daytona is, of course, also known for racecars. Besides hosting several big-time NASCAR and racing events each year, the Daytona International Speedway is open to the public for tours daily. Those car-loving boys can get the thrill of a lifetime getting a behind-the-scenes look into this iconic speedway. Daytona is also home to numerous attractions for kids, from putt-putt and go-carts to Florida's tallest lighthouse, a Marine Science Center and its very-own children's museum. Check out some of our top picks below for spending quality time on Daytona Beach.

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum

Soaring above the "World’s Most Famous Beach," the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and museum is 175 feet high. Open to the public year-round, the historic light station is one of only 11 lighthouses in the country to have been awarded the prestigious designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The Beach

"The World's Most Famous," they call it here, and one feature that makes it unique is that you can drive your car on designated areas of the 23-mile, white-sand stretch. Park near a spot you like, enjoy a day of watching surfers and other beachgoers, and hop back into the car and leave whenever you like. 

ZOOMAIR Adventure Park

A tree-top, eco-adventure for all ages. Trained and harnessed, you’ll go from tree to tree by way of various bridges, tight wires, dancing logs and zip lines. The Daytona park features 12 zip lines and a chance to play Tarzan.

Congo River Adventure Golf

A miniature golf course for the whole family, Congo River brings the fun of an African safari to Florida. Activities include 18-hole golf, arcade games and alligator feeding.

Cracker Creek

A 20-acre sanctuary on scenic Spruce Creek, this natural treasure is home to a variety of endangered plants and animals. Visitors can rent a canoe, hydro bike or kayak or take a guided sunset cruise. 

Go-Kart City

The competition is on at this fun-filled amusement center, which boasts a racetrack that accommodates 50 go-karts at once, an 18-hole miniature golf course and batting cages with a viewing deck.

Marine Science Center

Learn about the area’s ecosystems from the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean, observe the sea turtle and bird rehabilitation center and play in the stingray touch tank.

Museum of Arts & Sciences

The Smithsonian-affiliated museum houses more than 30,000 objects including American and Cuban art, Chapman Root’s collection of Americana and a planetarium. There’s also a children’s museum and sculpture garden. 352 Nova Road, 386.255.0285