BEYOND THE OCEAN CENTER
Whether your idea or entertainment is complete relaxation or action-packed, Volusia County has something for everyone! Wake up to the sun rising over the shining Atlantic Ocean and spend your day lounging in the sand and surf of the world’s most famous beach. If you’re looking for more thrill than chill, grab a surfboard and catch some waves, take a lap or two on the famed Daytona International Speedway track, hit the links for a round of golf or reel in a keeper on a deep sea fishing excursion.
When it comes to food and drinks, visitors can savor local flavors, from casual eateries to waterfront dining.
Few places in Florida offer more diverse destinations. Here you’ll find spectacular beaches, charming downtowns, cool natural springs and an historic river that flows north. With three distinct areas of the county to explore, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to discover. Learn more about all the area has to offer!
Daytona Beach Area
With its wide, smooth sandy beaches, Daytona Beach welcomes millions of visitors every year and, just steps away is the world-class Ocean Center. This is the home of Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR, so motorsports provide a great spectacle many times each year, including the Daytona 500 in February. It is the home of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and many challenging golf courses. And it is the home of the Florida section of Tennis USA and some exceptional tennis facilities. It is the home of historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark and the Daytona Cubs, minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. There are outstanding galleries and museums, unique shopping and colorful restaurants. There’s more to see and do than you can squeeze into a single visit.
New Smyrna Beach Area
New Smyrna Beach in Southeast Volusia County is consistently voted one of America’s Best Beaches, but there is much more to this quaint seaside community and the surrounding areas. Anglers at nearby Mosquito Lagoon catch giant redfish. Charter boats leave New Smyrna Beach daily for deep sea fishing excursions in the Atlantic Ocean. The area also is known for challenging golf, historical sites, cultural events, eclectic shopping and landmark local restaurants. The historic Flagler Avenue and Canal Street areas are magnets for residents and visitors alike. Canaveral National Seashore just to the south offers outstanding birding, hiking and more. Named one of America‘s Top Small Cities for The Arts, New Smyrna Beach is home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts and great galleries.
Centrally situated between Orlando and Daytona Beach, the greater west Volusia County region encompasses 14 distinct communities along the St. Johns River, including DeLand and Deltona. Each community offers its own unique charm. The historic landmarks, cultural attractions, spectacular natural beauty, a variety of accommodations and eclectic restaurants make the area popular among visitors and residents. It’s a great spot for lazy house boating excursions or the thrill of skydiving. The bass fishing is legendary. The area is home to the oldest active religious community in the Southeast. There are day trips to area springs, and endless outdoor recreation on the St. Johns River. There are dozens of festivals, outdoor art exhibitions, fairs and more. Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of scenic rides and a growing network of bicycling and hiking trails.