Despite being known as the epicentre of racing in the U.S., Daytona Beach is not just a destination for NASCAR fanatics. The area, known for its long stretch of beach, is a great alternative for those looking for an active and fun vacation getaway.

If you are visiting Daytona Beach on a budget, you’ll be glad to find a plethora of activities to keep you entertained without spending a fortune.

Spend the Day at the Beach

The famous 23-mile beach is a beautiful white sandy strip that offers an opportunity to relax, unwind, or take part in a variety of activities ranging from surfing and waterskiing to beach volleyball and banana boating. While some water activities can be a bit pricey, soft board rentals at Daytona Beach start at just $10/hr, making it a great activity to enjoy for less.

Walk Along the Boardwalk and Daytona Pier

The Daytona Pier is a famous shopping and entertainment area that draws in many visitors. Here you’ll find indoor and outdoor rides, arcades, and a variety of shops and restaurants. But visiting the arcades doesn’t have to cost much. People-watching while being immersed in the atmosphere is sometimes just as fun as being in the heart of the action.

Bike/Walk the Ponce Inlet Trail

The Ponce Inlet Trail offers a scenic walk, drive, cycle, or run that stretches 3.5 miles from the southern outskirts of Daytona Beach to Ponce Inlet. If you are visiting Daytona Beach and want to check out the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, this trail is the perfect way to do it. The Ponce Inlet area is also home to several of the best seafood restaurants in all of Daytona Beach.

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Explore the Flea and Farmers Market

The Daytona Beach Flea Market, voted as one of the Top 5 Markets in all the United States, is a perfect attraction to visit on a Friday or Saturday morning in Daytona Beach. Open from 9am – 5pm, the market offers everything from jewelry and clothing to local produce and ready-to-eat food!

With more than 100 stalls to check out, the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market provides a fun and free (unless of course you do a ton of shopping) way to spend a few hours on the weekend.

Visit Central Park

Central Park is technically located in the town of Ormond Beach, but since it’s only 15 minutes away from the heart of Daytona Beach, it offers a great escape for those looking to connect with nature. The activities within the park include canoeing, fishing, outdoor tennis, boating, basketball, and more. The area is comprised of 4 different parks joined by bike paths, making it a great place to hire a bike and explore while getting a bit of exercise at the same time.

Daytona Beach may have gained its popularity by being the heart and soul of the American racing crowd, but today it is equally as appealing to families and couples. Keep in mind, if you are planning a visit to Daytona Beach, it is wise to avoid the end of February through to middle of March, when the town is invaded by groups of rowdy college freshman from all over U.S. looking for fun in the sun.

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