Daytona Lagoon#6 in Best Things To Do in Daytona
If you need a break from the beach, head to the Daytona Lagoon. With a miniature golf course, go-kart racing, laser tag, a rock wall and a handful of amusement park-type rides, the Daytona Lagoon makes for a fun afternoon. There's also a water park (open on days when the temperature rises above 65 degrees) where visitors can enjoy a lazy river, wave pool and some sizeable water slides.
While a day trip here is a welcome respite from the beach crowds, recent travelers say the park can be expensive. You can pay per activity, or you can buy an hourly wristband; 1 hour of dry activities (laser tag, mini golf, rock wall) costs $19.99 per person, while daily admission for the water park costs $29.99 per person. You'll find the Daytona Lagoon in the Ocean Walk Village complex, about 5 miles northeast of the city center.
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#1 Daytona Beach
Stretching for more than 23 miles, the "World's Most Famous Beach" is a must-see if you're in Daytona. Situated near the middle of the peninsula, the beach is famous for its large crowds, bustling pier and hard-packed sand. In fact, it's thanks to the sand's firm composition that drivers are allowed to park their cars right on the beach. Though some see this privilege as a major convenience, parents lament the fact the cars create another safety hazard for young children. However, there is a mile-long pedestrian-only zone that surrounds the pier. Beyond the pier you'll also find a variety of shops, bars and restaurants.
The beach is open 24 hours a day, but driving hours are limited to sunrise to sunset (permitting tidal conditions) between Nov. 1 and April 30, and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 31. Access to the beach is free, but you will have to shell out $5 per day to drive on the beach from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.
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