Our Daytona Beach Bucket List

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We keep a running list of places that we’re going to visit in the future or want to visit. Then I like to add things to do in all of those places so when the time comes to go we have an awesome list to choose from when we say “What do you want to do today?”. Things we see friends or bloggers experiencing along the way. I thought it would be fun to share one of our lists with you – our Daytona Beach, FL bucket list!​Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB 

Daytona Beach is a perfect example of a place we love to visit during the week if possible. It’s a favorite spot to vacation for out of towners and locals. A middle of the week visit means a little more relaxation with a little bit less of a crowd. Daytona Beach is known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. It’s also known for it’s beach with hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas making it a perfect spot for family fun. There are SO many free things to do along with outdoor activities, spectator sports, events and festivals depending on when we are there!Daytona Beach, FL Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVBDAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Cars race during the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR) Photo:  Daytona Beach Area CVB 

So besides the iconic Speedway and obviously the beach – what’s on our Daytona Beach bucket list?!

Daytona Beach, FL Bucket List

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour – a FREE guided tour through the chocolate-making process is a great way to cool off on a hot day. They have been crafting chocolates since 1925! Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory has been making fine candy since 1925. They offer free tours daily that end with bountiful chocolates to sample. Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB

Southeast Museum of Photography – this one is definitely for me. It’s one of only 12 specialized museums of its kind in the United States, and one of fewer than 30 throughout the world. They also have free admission and are located at Daytona State College.

Blue Spring State Park – a dedicated manatee refuge, need I say more?! I’d love to snorkel or scuba here if we get our certification done before then. Kayaking would be fun too!

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens – a historical site who’s history starts before Florida was a state! They have several garden and plant collections to walk through.Sugar mill ruins abound in the Daytona Beach area and offer a glimpse into the history of early settlers. Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB 

Marine Science Center – My oldest LOVES marine life and aquariums so this would be his choice. They have sea turtle & bird rehabilitation, nature trails and an observation tower in addition to an aquarium! Take an environmental journey at the Marine Science Center and expand your knowledge of the Daytona Beach area's diverse wildlife. Witness current rehabilitation efforts for live sea turtles and seabirds, explore fascinating mangrove and whale exhibits and meet the residents of a huge, artificial reef aquarium. Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB

Pontoon Island State Park – I am always up for visiting a state or national park. This island is only accessible by private boat or park ferry. I’d love to take a picnic with the family and check this one out one afternoon.

Boardwalk and Ocean Walk – the Boardwalk and Pier is a combination of the Joyland Amusement CenterMardi Gras Fun CenterPizza King & Lisa’s Gift Shop all located on the beach. Obviously lots of fun things for the kids! Ocean Walk is another shopping center and the theater there has free movies during the summer which would make a great slow morning option. Daytona Beach Area CVB Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVBPhoto: Daytona Beach Area CVB Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse – a national historical landmark and the second tallest masonry lighthouse in the country! You can actually climb to the very top for some awesome views.Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB 

Ale Trail – this one is for Dad! They have tours or you can create your own craft brewery tour around Daytona! Many are family friendly and offer fun games or things to keep the kids busy. Daytona Beach Ale Trail Photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB

Any state park, hike or beach walk is good with me too! I just love finding new things to do while we’re traveling and having an on going list is the perfect way to figure out what to do each day. The one thing I need to add to my Daytona Beach list is places to eat! What would you recommend for food or to add to my bucket list?!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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