Florida’s Ponce Inlet is So Much More than a Lighthouse

Of course, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a main attraction that brings a lot of visitors to Ponce Inlet, but there’s a lot more to see and do at this historic destination.

Next time you visit Sea Shells Beach Club, be sure to plan a day trip to experience all the attractions and outdoor adventure Ponce Inlet has to offer.

Like many areas of the Florida coast, Ponce Inlet was affected by Hurricane Matthew, but today the majority of businesses are open for business and just waiting for you to enjoy them.

Kate Holcomb, Director of Communications, Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors BureauPonce Inlet is a must see if you’re visiting the Daytona Beach area. In addition to Florida’s tallest working lighthouse, there’s the marine science center featuring a turtle hospital and seabird rehabilitation sanctuary, a boardwalk, an observation tower and nature trails. At 175 feet and with 203 steps, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum offers a 360 degree view of the beach, jetty, Intracoastal Waterway and all the surrounding natural beauty.”

Kate shared some of the best attractions to explore when you visit Ponce Inlet.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Florida’s tallest lighthouse and probably the best spot for miles for fantastic photo ops, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must-visit. You can’t miss the towering red structure.

Marine Science Center

The whole family will love visiting the Marine Science Center, which is interesting, educational and does so much good for local marine life. The Center is home to a sea turtle hospital, sea bird rehab, aquatic touch pools, an outside aviary, and even a resident octopus!

Lunch or Dinner at Racing’s North Turn

You might get hungry after climbing those 203 steps, so stop at Racing’s North Turn. Named a 2016 Top 10 Beach Bar by FloridaBeachBar.com, Racing’s is a historic landmark, located at the exact spot where racing history began in Daytona Beach. The menu has a little of everything with apps, salads, seafood, pasta, entrees, sandwiches, kids’ menu and full bar.

Lighthouse Point Park

This 52-acre Volusia County park features fishing, jetty, nature trails, observation deck and tower, swimming and pavilions. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife can be observed.

Manatee Scenic Boat Tours

Take a boat tour through protected Florida wetlands and scenic mangrove shores. You might just see some dolphins and manatees as you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats operate year round at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to call 800-881-2628 for reservations.

Ponce Inlet Watersports

Anything you can think of doing on or in the water you can do at Ponce Inlet Watersports, including parasailing, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, sailing, fishing, dolphin and manatee eco tours and history tours.

Fishing at Ponce

Whether you’re a novice or an expert angler, the Ponce Inlet area is the place to go for off-shore charter fishing. Several local charter companies offer both part-day and full-day fishing trips.

The Intercoastal Waterway gives anglers the opportunity to catch both saltwater and freshwater fish, and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission allows both. Be sure to have the proper license before heading out to the water.

Whether you spend part of a day or the whole thing exploring, Ponce Inlet’s many attractions should be at the top of your “to do” list next time you visit Sea Shells Beach Club.

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