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When you hear the words Daytona Beach I bet you think spring break
with college students partying and having fun. Well I am here to tell you there’s is so much more to Daytona Beach. It is a city filled with culture and beauty beyond anything I had even thought. I have lived here in Florida for 33 years and until recently had never been to Daytona Beach. Boy have I been missing out.

My family and I recently spent a three-day weekend in Daytona Beach and found that not only is this a place that’s great for couples but it has so many kid friendly options. Two of our favorite kid friendly places was the Marine Science Center where son got to pet a stingray and Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art,which has the largest collection of Florida art in the world.

When art and marine life have exhausted your school little fish and you find yourself looking for free things to do in Daytona Beach consider taking the crew to Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. The factory was founded In 1925 by two industrious women, Riddell Angell and Cora Phelps. The company’s rich history began in the resort town of Mackinac Island, Michigan but at the start of WWII that shop was closed and the company moved to Daytona Beach, FL. Here the factory would pass through several families that all kept the original name and recipe for making delicious chocolate. Best part of this tour besides learning the history and watching chocolate be made was the free samples at the end. YUMMY!!

Eventually the kids will need to run around and have some outdoor fun this is when the beach awaits. Here the kids can run, swim, build and you can watch the sunset while enjoying a good book. Did you know that Daytona Beach is The Original American Beach? It has 23 miles of sparkling white sand. Simply a gorgeous view in every direction you look. 

While we were there we had the pleasure to also visit a festival that was going on I did catch what festival it was but we had the pleasure to enjoy classic cars, food and art. Did you know Daytona Beach is known as the festival capital of Florida? The area hosts more than 50 festivals throughout the year and Fall festivals make this one of the best times of the year to visit. If you love art, be sure to attend the Halifax Art Festival in scenic downtown Daytona Beach held in November. The  Halifax Art Festival celebrates young artists. .

The Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences presents Halifax Art Festival in early November with over 250 exhibiting artists and artisans.  The Festival is free to the public and located on historic Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach and the Halifax River.

The Festival has always celebrated its artists and artisans including its youngest artists.  The Guild designed the Little Van Gogh area specifically to encourage those younger artists.

During Festival hours,boys and girls are invited to join the fun in the Little Van Gogh tent to paint their own masterpieces.  Easels, smocks, brushes, washable paints, and pallets are all available free to each child. The experience is open to all children Pre-K to 6th grade.

So whether you are looking for a place to bring the whole family, or the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, Daytona Beach has lots of great options for your perfect vacation. We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back. To plan your Daytona Beach vacation get your travel guide by visiting Plus connect via Instagram @discoverdaytonabeach and Twitter @daytonabeachfun

Let’s Talk: Have you ever visited Daytona Beach? What were your favorite places to visit and things you did?

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. Daytona Beach has come a long day since the wild party, college spring break days of the 1980s and 1990s! I’m glad the city has been able to adapt and grow… It’s definitely one of Florida’s affordable beach destinations!

    • Daytona Beach has always been full of art and culture just most people can’t get past the whole Spring break stigma. They are also the home to one of the leading Engineering colleges. You have to come visit

  2. I’ve never been to Daytona Beach, but a friend of mine goes, and I have seen pics and it looks like a great place to go! Can’t wait to see it in person some day.

  3. I’d like to head to Daytona for a little down time. It’s not too far away to not consider, so I might… at some point. In fact, I’m pretty sure I will. 🙂

  4. I’ve heard so much about Daytona beach, but not about it being family-friendly. I’m so glad you shared this. Now I have another city in Florida to add to my wish list!

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