7 Free Things to Do in Daytona

There’s a lot to do during your stay at Sea Shells Beach Club that won’t bust your budget. Whether it’s simply a day at the beach or family friendly attractions, Daytona has plenty of economical options.

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour
Chocolate covered bacon? Chocolate potato chips? Yes, please! Located in the historic Riverfront Shops, Angell & Phelps Chocolates is a long-time Daytona Beach tradition. Take a free 20-minute guided tour through the chocolate-making process. Tours are held throughout the day Monday through Saturday.

Friends of the Bandshell Concert Series
Daytona’s historic Bandshell is a great place to catch a free show from May through September. The concerts are held every Saturday at the oceanfront  Bandshell and feature a variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, swing, country, big band, and Latin music. Be sure to stick around for the free fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Bring along a beach chair or rent one at the facility.

North Peninsula State Recreation Area
This 900-acre park offers over two miles of sandy beaches for recreational use. The area, which is open daily with free admission, is a haven for palmetto dunes, scrub jays, indigo snakes and sea turtles, as well as some of the best surf fishing in the area. It’s also great for birding.

Southeast Museum of Photography
Ok, camera buffs. The Southeast Museum of Photography is one of only 12 specialized museums of its kind in the United States, and one of fewer than 30 throughout the world. The museum is Florida’s official museum of photography. The museum is open most days, but has varied seasonal scheduling. July hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m.

Sun Splash Park
This oceanfront park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and a Coca-Cola sponsored “cool zone.” The four-acre facility also provides free, off-beach parking. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

Sugar Mill Botanical Garden
The remains of an English sugar mill are set in 12 acres of lush botanical gardens. The gardens were once home to the 1940s theme park, Bongoland. Life-size dinosaur statues remain in the tropical setting and are still a favorite with children. The facility is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

Ormond Bicentennial Park
This park stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River and covers five ecological systems. It features tennis and racquetball courts, a softball field, a fishing pier, an exercise trail, nature trails, boardwalks and picnic facilities. Admission is free, and the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

If you’re looking for an interesting way to see Daytona Beach for zero dollars, these options provide the perfect break from costly tourist attractions.

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Victoria Hoffman

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