Daytona Lagoon#8 in Best Things To Do in Daytona Beach
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 where visitors can enjoy a lazy river, wave pool and some sizeable water slides.
While a daytrip here is a welcome respite from the beach crowds, recent travelers say the park can be expensive. Others commented that the park could use a power wash and a fresh coat of paint.
You can pay per activity, or you can buy an hourly or all-day wristband; one hour of dry activities (such as laser tag, mini golf, rock wall, go-karts, sky maze and island hopper) costs $23.99 per person, while a daily pass costs $39.99. Daily admission for the water park costs $30.99 for adults and $21.99 for seniors and children measuring between 32 inches and 48 inches; children shorter than 32 inches enter for free. You'll find the Daytona Lagoon in the Ocean Walk Village complex, about 5 miles northeast of the city center. Hours change seasonally; visit the Daytona Lagoon's website for information on when the park is open.
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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 to pedestrians, 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 $20 per day to drive on the beach from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30. The speed limit on the beach is 10 mph. Pedestrians and drivers should also be mindful of nesting sea turtles from May to October, who typically nest in marked dune areas.
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