There are many fall and winter outdoor fun activities in and around Volusia County!
When the weather cools down it becomes the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy all that Volusia County and the surrounding areas have to offer. There are great outdoor recreation opportunities in the area and they are best enjoyed during the fall and winter months. That's because you have cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and you can spend more time just enjoying being in nature. Whether you are in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, DeLand, or beyond, you are close to a lot of great opportunities to have fun outdoors. Spending time in nature is great for the whole family, offering numerous health benefits.
Take a Hike
We live in an area that offers great nearby hiking trails. Unlike the northern states, the prime hiking season in Florida runs from about November through March. Find a family friendly hiking trail in the area and get the family out to explore. There are hiking trails in the area that are great for all ages. Check out the list of hiking trails near Volusia County.
This is the perfect time of the year to go camping, whether you will be having using a trailer, tent camping, or staying in cabins. This time of the year you can enjoy hiking during the day and sitting around a bonfire by night. Check out the list of good places to camp in and around Volusia County.
Even younger kids can enjoy kayaking with the family. There are numerous places the family can kayak in the area, including at Cracker Creek in Port Orange, through the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, and at Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach. For a little more adventure and fun, consider taking a bioluminescent night kayak tour.
Visit a Spring
The summer months may draw the large crowds to the springs, but you can still enjoy them during the cooler months. Most of the springs have hiking trails, camping, kayaking, and more. You can still take a dip in many of the springs during these months, too (not all of them, because some are closed for the manatees). Pack a lunch, visit the spring, and take in the sites and activities. Check out the Florida springs guide to find the one you want to visit.
There are some great paved bike trails in and around Volusia County. If you don't have a bike rack for your vehicle, you can pick one up a 4-bike rack at Walmart or on Amazon for under $70. Load up the bikes, pack some snacks and drinks, and head out for a nice family bike ride. Check out the list of paved bike trails in and around Volusia County to find the one you want to visit first. There are also a couple of local mountain biking trails you can try out.
Take a Wildlife Drive
There are a couple of wildlife drives within an hour of Volusia County. The family can enjoy the scenery as you drive through. See the list of wildlife drives that are not far away.
Every winter in Florida, the manatees seek refuge in various areas throughout the state. This makes it easier for you to spot them. Plan some time to take the kids to see the manatees. Check out the list of places of where to see manatees in Florida. Locally, you can see them at Blue Spring State Park on a cold winter morning.
Take a Tour
This is a great time to take a nature boat tour. The whole family can enjoy a pontoon boat tour down the river, as the guide points out various things in nature to see. This is a relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon in nature. Boat tours are offered by Cracker Creek, the Marine Discovery Center, and at DeLeon Springs.