Ecotourism & Family Outdoor Activities in Daytona Beach

Published on April 1, 2022


Daytona Beach brings the adventure to you, with endless recreation and outdoor adventure for the whole family. Explore the waters of the Halifax River by canoe or kayak and catch a glimpse of local birds and unique wildlife at Tomoka State Park. Tour the beach or nearby trails on horseback or embark on a dolphin or manatee tour where you can come face to face with the gentlest mammals in the world. Ready to plan your summer trip? Here are our favorite must-try activities in Daytona Beach.

Glimpse Wildlife at Ponce Inlet

Stroll nature trails and learn about local wildlife from the experts at Ponce Inlet and Ponce Preserve just a few miles south of Daytona Beach Shores. Be sure to check out the observation tower at Lighthouse Point Park, where you can catch a glimpse of local birds including rarities like the masked booby and great cormorant.

Go on a Zipline Adventure

Set your sights on an unforgettable day with the family, climbing, swinging, and zipping through trees right in the heart of Daytona Beach. Book a zipline adventure with TreeTop Trekking, offering courses for all skill levels and age groups. Browse courses and start planning.

Get Up Close With Manatees

Said to have inspired the ancient tales sailors spun of mermaids long ago, manatees are some of the gentlest creatures in the sea. You can find several tour companies offering manatee and dolphin tours near the Halifax River, including the Manatee Scenic Tour Boat and Ponce Inlet Water Sports where you can come face to face with these beautiful mammals.

Rent a Canoe at Blue Spring State Park

A little farther inland, Blue Spring State Park offers miles of meandering waterways where you can also see manatees, in addition to other local wildlife. Rent a canoe or kayak with the family and set out for a day filled with nature on the calm, 70-degree waters of the St. Johns River.

Hike the Coastal Strand Trail

Just 15 miles north of Daytona Beach, the Coastal Strand is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Hike this incredible 2.5-mile trail where you can encounter unique wildlife like the gopher tortoise and garberia.

Kayak at Tomoka State Park

Embark on a stand-up paddling or kayaking excursion at Tomoka State Park just 10 miles north of Daytona Beach Shores. Explore the inland waters of the Halifax River in this bird-watchers paradise, with more than 160 species sighted during migrations.

Go Horseback Riding on the Beach

Equestrian Adventures Florida offers horseback riding adventures along the beach or on some of Central Florida's inland forested trails. They even offer lessons for those with little to no experience. Book a family excursion and take in some of Florida's most breathtaking scenery from horseback.

In need of a place to call home while exploring? The Shores Resort & Spa is located within minutes of these and other ecotourism spots in and around Daytona Beach. Plan the perfect summer escape with the family and wake up to views of the beach. Book now for our best rates.