Beach Alternatives for Kids in Daytona | RTX Traveler Magazine

Education, fascination and fun for all ages in Daytona

The days of Daytona as a wild and crazy spring break destination may be fading into the past, but these days there are plenty of opportunities for spring breakers of yesteryear to come back and have a different kind of wild and crazy adventure – with their kids! Bring kids of any age to just about any beach and they’ll be happy with a few sand buckets and a boogie board, at least for a while. Daytona has several kid-friendly attractions that are the perfect alternative to beachy fun during a summer thunderstorm or when there’s one to many sunburns in the family.

Congo River Golf:

This safari-themed mini golf adventure takes the whole family through rushing waterfalls, rocky summits, mysterious caves and tropical rainforests. In addition to the award-winning adventure golf, families can challenge one another to arcade games, play the exploration game, go mining for gems and even feed alligators! At less than $12 for adults and under $10 for kids, this attraction is a bargain. Hours: Sun – Thu, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri – Sat, 10 a.m. – 12 midnight.

Marine Science Center:

This Ponce Inlet eco-tourism attraction is not only fascinating for all ages, but provides plenty of education for the whole family while promoting conservation and rehabilitation of marine animals, particularly sea turtles and sea birds. The sting ray touch pool is a great way for kids to get up close and personal with sea life, and the whole family can watch and learn as they observe turtles being treated and cared for in the Turtle Terrace. Check the schedule or call ahead to ask about educational programs and activities, and visit the classroom for even more hands-on learning about sea life. A boardwalk through the marsh with an overlook will help get any extra energy out of the little ones before or after the visit. Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children. Hours: Tue – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun, 12 noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mon.

The Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum:

The children’s museum at Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is an attraction in itself with more than 9,000 square feet of space dedicated to hands-on learning and exhibits that demonstrate various principles of science. With 20 different exhibits from a racetrack building station to a harp played with lasers instead of strings, there’s enough to keep the kids occupied for hours – and their adults too! Check the museum’s website for an events calendar that includes kid-friendly workshops and summer camps. Admission to MOAS is $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids ages 6-17. Hours: Tue – Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Mon.

Daytona Lagoon:

This is possibly Daytona’s larges kid-friendly attraction, and it’s located right at the heart of the beach, less than a block from the Daytona Regency. The Lagoon Waterpark features seven different water rides with slides, floating tubes, waves and fountains. Relax on the Pelican’s Drift lazy river or get some thrills on the 62-foot tube slide of Blackbeard’s Revenge. There’s just as much dry fun at the Lagoon complex including Go-Kart racing, mini-golf, lazer tag, rock climbing, arcade games and more. Visit the Daytona Lagoon’s website for admission pricing and hours, which vary.

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