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Daytona Beach Outdoors Fun, Excitement & Relaxation . . .

Daytona Beach Outdoors Means Fun, Excitement & Relaxing

Daytona Beach means swimming, surfing, parasailing, sunbathing, fishing, hiking, exploring, & a whole lot more outdoor fun!

While the Daytona 500 and motor sports are what many think of when they think of Daytona Beach, it is the broad white expanse of beach and the water sports that put Daytona Beach on the map. Everything from surfing to parasailing can be had at this famous beach destination.

Daytona Beach has unlimited opportunities for those who are more outdoor orientede. Sporting 23 miles of beaches, Daytona is favorite destination for those who seek the ocean's edge and activities. In addition to those miles of sparkling white beaches, there are also cruise tours, diving opportunities, and parks to wander.

As of the most visited vacation spots in the world, Daytona Beach hosts many annual events, such as the Daytona Beach Bike Week and the Daytona Spring Break Celebration, that attract people from not just all over the United States, but from around the world. The many festivities are an important part of the "summmer fun equation" that makes Daytona Beach such a highly sought after vacation getaway.

Daytona Beach outdoor attractions listed by distance from Grand Seas Resort:

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Daytona Beach fun in the surf

Driving on the Beach: A user fee of $5 per day enables you to drive on the beach or park in an adjacent parking area. The beach is always free to pedestrians and bicyclists. During normal beach daylight hours beach driving is allowed, unless there are unusual weather or tidal conditions. Visitors may park their cars seaward of the conservation zone, either facing the ocean or the dunes. There are also several parking areas adjacent to the beach. Note parking on the beach is single lane only and is west of the traffic lane; overnight parking and crossing over marked dune vegetation are prohibited.

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Bandshell Concert Series

Back in the 1920s, this area was considered to be run-down by Daytona Beach citizens. In 1936, WPA workers began construction the 48 foot by 114 foot natural coquina rock bandshell which seats 4,500. This was begun in September, 1936, and was completed in time for the first program to be presented on July 4, 1937. Open air concerts, as well as other programs, are still presented in the bandshell. The other structures in the boardwalk area are a clock tower, kiosk, consession facilities, restrooms, subway entrances (now closed), and an elevated walk from Earl to Ora Streets. The City Band of Daytona Beach under Dr. Everett Allyn Moses, began in 1947, performing summer concerts in the lovely Band Shell on the Broad Walk.

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Hikers looking to get back to nature may take a jaunt along on of the Bicentennial Park's nature trails and boardwalks. Winding through the scrub habitat, gopher tortoises and raccoons call this area home. The western terminus of the trail carries walkers to the Riv-Ocean Drive fishing dock on the Halifax River.

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Daytona Beach fun in the surf
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Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Visitors can stroll a one-half mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. A boat ramp gives boaters and canoeists access to the river. The Park Store offers snacks, camping supplies, and canoe rentals. Contact 386-673-0022 for more information. For overnight stays, the park has full-facility campsites and youth camping. Located three miles north of Ormond Beach on North Beach Street.

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The star attraction in New Smyrna Beach is its 13 miles stretch of white sandy beaches. Sunbathing, swimming, bicycling, strolling or doing nothing at all is the choice of most visitors. But the beach is also well known to surfers, offering some of the finest wave action on the Eastern Seaboard, treasure hunters in search of rare coins and jewelry and anglers who say surf fishing is the only way to go.

Traffic lanes are marked with traffic lane signs. Park your vehicle between the conversation zone and the traffic lanes. Traffic-free zones are also provided. If you are visiting with children, you may want to choose a traffic-free zone. They are located North of the jetty of Smyrna Dunes Park and 27th Avenue South to the Volusia County line. In addition there are off-beach parking areas near traffic-free zones. They are located at Smyrna Dunes Park (2995 N. Peninsula Ave), 27th Avenue Park at 3701 South Atlantic Avenue, Matthews Blvd, Hiles Blvd, Mary McLeod Bethune Park located at 6656 South Atlantic Avenue.

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Smyrna Dunes Park - New Smyrna Beach

The park also provides a unique opportunity for naturalists, ecologists, students and the general public to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. To protect the natural habitat, more than two miles of elevated boardwalks, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower have been erected.

The park consists of five ecosystems (ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone, saltwater marsh). The principal system is vast sand dunes. To protect the sensitive sand dunes from foot traffic, two miles of elevated walkways, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower were built, allowing visitors to travel through the park in a natural environment.

Smyrna Dunes Park is one of a few County parks where man's best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times. Guided nature walks and educational programs are available. Admission is $5.00 for vehicles of eight passengers or less. Yearly passes are available.

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