Extras, fun things to do under seven dollars

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Extras, fun things to do under seven dollars

Extras, fun things to do under seven dollars

Extras, fun things to do under seven dollars

Extras, fun things to do

 

An Insider’s Guide to Fun in the Sun!

Out & About

day_AngellPhelpsAngell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
We love to watch the old-style candy makers at work—a Daytona Beach tradition since 1925. Free 30 minute tours at 10 & 11 a.m. and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Weekdays. Everybody gets samples afterwards!
154 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach 800-969-2634, www.AngellAndPhelps.com

Sun Splash Park spells heaven for kids. The 4-acre free park has an interactive water fountain and picnic areas. After a family volleyball game retire to the Coca-Cola-sponsored “cool zone.” Conveniences include outdoor showers and beach access ramps. Open sunrise to sunset.
611 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach

Image of touch pool at Marine Science CenterThe Marine Science Center– displays live reef creatures, a sea ray “touch” pool and fascinating seabirds. Don’t miss this environmental treasure trove that is also a rehabilitation hospital for patients like sea turtles, injured hawks and pelicans.
100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet
386-304-5545, www.MarineScienceCenter.com

 

Artsy Escapes

Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens is an urban oasis with diverse collections of art, videos and photography. Stroll the gardens to ponds and naturally wild areas. Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends noon to 4 p.m. Free, but a $2 donation is appreciated.
78 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-676-3347, www.OrmondArtMuseum.org

History Hunters

image of Lilians Place- a historical buildingLilian Place, the oldest home on the beachside, has ties to author Stephen Crane, who recovered here after a shipwreck in 1896. The Italianate High Victorian home on the river reveals the past in displays and furnishings.
111 Silver Beach Ave., Daytona Beach
Open Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.
386-299-4974, www.LilianPlace.org

New Smyrna Museum of History– Step inside the old post office for an eye opener about the British Turnbull Settlement of 1768. Learn about prehistoric pottery, Seminole and Civil Wars, and the Prohibition era. Free. Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4p.m. 120 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, 386-478-0052, www.NSBHistory.org

Image of inside of Halifax MuseumsmHalifax Historical Museum in Historic Downtown Daytona Beach unfurls the past in Spanish tools, photographs and racing exhibits. A stunning stained glass ceiling lights the interior of the 1912 neoclassical bank building. $7 Adults; $1 Children 12 and under.
252 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach 386-255-6976, www.HalifaxHistorical.org

The Casements was formerly the home of multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller and now contains art and historical exhibits. Free tours of period rooms weekdays 10 a.m. To 2:30 p.m. and Sat. 10 to 11:30 a.m.
25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. 386-676-3216.

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation offers tours of her 1915 home and mementos of her life as an educator. Exhibits are a rich source of African-American culture. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated.
640 Mary McLeod-Bethune Blvd., Daytona Bch. 386-481-2122.

Natural Escapes

day_BlueSpringsBlue Spring State Park attracts many beloved manatees in winter because the spring is always 72 degrees. Arrive early for best sightings and stroll the boardwalks along the river to see other wildlife. Located 2 miles west of Orange City on French Avenue. 386-775-3663.

 

Gamble Place at Spruce Creek Preserve is where James Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble) built a southern Cracker-styled retreat in 1907. After touring the homes and citrus packing house, walk the trails to the pristine creek. Tours: Fri. & Sat. at 10 a.m., 12 & 2 p.m. $6 and under.
819 Taylor Rd., Port Orange, 386-255-0285. www.MOAS.org

day_FairchildsThe Fairchild Oak stands in Bulow State Park surrounded by shady trails that reveal plantation ruins in a forest of old growth oaks. Open sunrise to sunset. 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, 386-676-4050.

DeLeon Springs State Park
is popular with locals for snorkeling, kayaking and hiking, but earlybirds come for the fun of making pancakes at their table at the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant. 386-985-4212.

Fishing

Granada Bridge Pier on the river and S. Beach St. in Ormond Beach is 1,540 feet long. It’s lighted at night and has a bait shop. 386-676-9078.

day_Sunglow-Pier-by-Joetta-4-5-12Sunglow Pier in Daytona Bch. Shores is 1,000 ft. long with a restaurant, gift shop and bait. There are also piers on both ends of Dunlawton Avenue Bridge.
For surf and weather reports visit: www.SunGlowPierLive.com.

Peninsula State Recreation Area has two miles of sandy beaches known for some of the best surf fishing in the area. Located 5 miles north of Granada Blvd.
In Ormond Bch. on Scenic A1A Hwy. 386-517-2086.

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