Warm sunshine and white-sand beaches are waiting for visitors in Daytona Beach, where families can escape from the daily grind and dreary weather with a spring family beach break vacation. Here are top tips on to how have the best-ever family getaway. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2018) – Warm sunshine and white-sand beaches are waiting for visitors in Daytona Beach, where families can escape from the daily grind and dreary weather with a spring family beach break vacation. Here are top tips on to how have the best-ever family getaway.
WHERE TO STAY
Finding accommodations is a breeze in Daytona Beach. From oceanfront hotels and condos to vacation rentals, visitors are able to find a great value on whatever they think best suits their family. From an array of bed and breakfasts, inns, campgrounds, and more. Book early as many places offer spring break specials.
• The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort just completed a $25 million renovation.
• The Delta by Marriott Daytona Beach opened in January.
• The new oceanfront Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach will open in early 2018.
• There are two new hotels at ONE DAYTONA, a world-class dining and entertainment complex across from the Daytona International Speedway. The 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport opened in January, and the exclusive 145-room Marriott Autograph Collection® hotel called The DAYTONA, will open in late 2018.
• The historic Streamline Hotel, an art deco-style property that once hosted the meeting that launched NASCAR opened in 2017 as an upscale beachside boutique property.
• Others recently added include the Residence Inn by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront, Hilton Garden Inn and the Chateau Mar Beach Resort boutique property.
HOW TO GET HERE
One of the best aspects of a Daytona Beach family spring break is its accessibility. Direct flights are available from Atlanta (via Delta), New York City (via JetBlue) and Charlotte (via American Airlines) to Daytona Beach International Airport, which is less than five miles from the beachfront. Driving is direct and easy as well with two major interstates — I-95 and I-4 — intersecting at Daytona Beach. Other major roads leading to the area include U.S. Highway 1, U.S. Highway 92, and the scenic A1A, which runs along the Atlantic coastline.
WHAT TO DO
Get some face time with ocean friends: Head to Ponce Inlet for an environmental adventure at the Marine Science Center. Everyone in the family will enjoy the touch tanks, educational demonstrations and sea turtle rehabilitation unit, but it’s especially fun to watch a child’s eyes light up with excitement at the touch of a stingray! Get a close-up look at marine life including dolphins, birds and even manatees with a paddleboard or kayak adventure. Exploring the area’s vast waterways is a great way to spend time together and stay active! Grab a rod and reel and head to the Daytona Beach Pier, a popular local fishing spot that’s free and fishing licenses are not required.
See Florida from a new perspective by parasailing or push the fun to full throttle with a jet-ski excursion. Get behind the wheel for a drive at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Racing Experience has a variety of driving options suited to different ages and comfort levels.
ONE DAYTONA is a brand new world-class retail, dining and entertainment destination located directly across from Daytona International Speedway. Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres, Bass Pro Shops Outpost, Guitar Center, IT’SUGAR, P.F. Chang’s, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company, Ben & Jerry’s and more have opened to rave reviews with additional retail and dining coming soon.
GET A TASTE OF LOCAL CULTURE
Take in a performance at any one of the area’s local theaters, or climb Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Florida’s tallest. Kids also love paying a visit to the popular children’s museum at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, where the interactive exhibits lead to endless discoveries. History and culture run deep and wide in Daytona Beach, and a week off of school doesn’t mean the learning must stop.
From exploring local parks to taking a chocolate factory tour, there are a number of free things to see and do in Daytona Beach. And, of course, Daytona Beach itself serves as one giant playground for all ages. Walk, run, bike, splash, play and let imaginations run wild — the expansive, white-sand beaches allow plenty of elbow room for everyone. Whether splashing around water parks, bouncing around trampoline houses, paddling a kayak along the Tomoka River or puttering around local boutiques, there’s no end to the fun that awaits the whole family in Daytona Beach. For more information on things to do, where to stay and a full calendar of events, go to DaytonaBeach.com.