Looking for things to do in Volusia County area? No problem! Volusia County has plenty of fun family friendly things to do. Volusia County is home to such cities as Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Edgewater, Lake Helen, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, and other surrounding cities. Whether you are visiting the area or you live here, there are a lot of fun activities for families to check out. Here is a list of things to consider when planning a fun family friendly day in Volusia County!
Volusia County Family Fun Guide
Visit a nearby spring. Within an hour or so drive you can find some awesome springs. Check out this ultimate summer springs guide for a list of 21 springs within 3 hours of Daytona Beach. Keep in mind that the springs are busy on the weekends, so if you can go during the week it will be better. If you go on the weekend, try to arrive early, before the park reaches capacity.
Take a hike. Check out some of local places to hike in Volusia County.
Go biking. Load up the bikes and check out one of the paved bike trails in Volusia County
Take a drive. Stroll through one of the Wildlife Drives Within an Hour of Volusia County.
Go swimming. There’s the beach, public swimming pools. They all provide great places to cool off and take a dip. Also, be sure get the kids swimming lessons.
Indoor games. Play some indoor games at Dave & Busters. Go on a Wednesday and games are half price.
Summer sports. Check out what indoor sports are being offered this summer at your local YMCA and city rec program. Also check out the volleyball being offered by Power Volleyball in Lake Helen, and Port Orange Volleyball Academy.
Create art. Check out the classes being offered at ArtRageous in Port Orange, the Hub in New Smyrna Beach, Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, or ArtHaus in Port Orange.
Find events. Check the events calendar for one-time events that may be taking place around the county.
Build something. Take the kids to iBuild Academy, located in Orange City, where they can explore STEM activities.
Play indoors. Visit the new indoor play center and cafe at Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach.
Marine Science Center. Located in Ponce Inlet, this is mostly indoors, although there are some animals and a short nature walk you can take outdoors. The kids can see and learn about some marine wildlife and see the turtle rehabilitation center.
Marine Discovery Center. Located in New Smyrna Beach, they have touch tanks and offer a variety of classes and hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
See hot rods. If you have a child who likes cars, stop by Hanksters, located in South Daytona, so they can check out the hot rod museum.
Movies. There are several movie theaters in the area. Cobb Luxury 12 in Daytona Beach is offering $5 movies, and Regal in Port Orange has $2 movies in the summer.
Bowling. There are a few bowling alleys in the area that you can find here. Ormond Lanes offers a summer bowling special for kids.
Museum of Arts & Sciences. Located in Daytona Beach, this museum also offers a dedicated children's area. They have a planetarium, art exhibits, and more. They offer free admission the first Tuesday of each month.
Go to the library. Our library system offers many wonderful free indoor programs. From reading programs and lego times to storytimes and more. Check their ongoing calendar here.
Make sand art with Island Art at the flea market.
Go camping. Check out some of the great places to camp in Volusia County.
Indoor swimming. Check out the indoor aquatic center at Daytona State College, which is open to the public.
The Hub on Canal. Located in New Smyrna Beach, they offer a variety of classes and workshops for kids, including things like painting and Spanish.
Learn about nature. Visit the Environmental Discovery Center in Ormond Beach.
Take classes. There are many indoor classes that the kids can take that will keep the busy, having fun, and learning something. These include dance, gymnastics, music classes, martial arts, and more.
Southeast Museum of Photography. Located at the Daytona State campus in Daytona Beach, you can take the kids to see some photography. They also offer classes.
Museum of Art. Located in DeLand, you can take the kids to look at art. They also offer family art days.
Reptile Discovery Center. This is located in DeLand and gives kids a great chance to safely check out and learn about snakes. Read my review here.
Angell & Phelps. This chocolate factory is located in Daytona Beach and offers free tours, giving kids a chance to see how the chocolates are made. Read my review here. Take a taffy factory tour at Zeno's.
Lyonia Environmental Center. Located in Deltona, they offer exhibits that children can learn from, as well as classes where they can learn about everything from birds and snakes to bears and more.
Go skating. There are a couple of skate places in the area including Skate and Shake, in Ormond Beach.
Gillespie Museum. Located at Stetson University in DeLand, kids can check out the gem museum. They also offer classes for kids.
Take the SunRail over to the Orlando Science Center. Here's my review on taking the SunRail for fun.
Pioneer Settlement. Located in Barberville, there are 18 old buildings and 10,000 artifacts your kids can check out to learn about life for settlers.
African American Museum of the Arts. Located in DeLand, this museum will give kids a chance to learn about African American cultures and art.
See a play. Introduce your kids to live theater by taking them to one of the area theaters.
Stetson Mansion. Located in DeLand, take the kids on a tour of the Stetson Mansion.
DeBary Hall. Located in DeBary, take the kids on a tour of the historic DeBary Hall.
The Casements. Located in Ormond Beach, take the kids on at our of the winter home of the late John D. Rockefeller.
Environmental Discovery Center. Located in Ormond Beach, they offer nature-based classes, guided hikes, and more.
Hit the slides. Head to Daytona Lagoon for a fun time splashing around!
Get cold. Take the kids ice skating at the Daytona International Skateway. Even if they can’t skate they will have fun (they can use a walker).
Start jumping. The kids can burn off some energy as they jump on the trampolines, play in the foam pits, and play some dodgeball at Sky Zone or Altitude Trampoline Park in Sanford.
Bike trails. There are some great biking trails in the county. During the summer months it’s best to get out on them early in the morning, or wait until the evening, so that you are not biking in the hottest part of the day.
Create art. There are some great places in town that offer the ability to do art projects that the kids can take home (adults, too!). Check out One by One Designs, Art Rageous, The Hub on Canal, Jane's Art Center, and Arthaus. There are some great creative art opportunities in Ormond Beach, Port Orange, and New Smyrna Beach.
Go boating. There are several places in the area where you can take the kids out on an eco-boat ride. They can get out on the water and learn more about it, too. Check out the tours at Cracker Creek and Blue Heron River Tours.
Build something. Each month, Lowe’s offers a Build and Grow clinic for kids. It’s free and they make a project they get to take home. Home Depot also offers free kids building workshops each month.
See animals. There are several zoos within a short drive that are popular, including the Brevard Zoo and the Jacksonville Zoo.
Splash around. Check out one of the areas splash pads to cool off and play.
Go indoors. Head to St. Augustine for the day to check out indoor activities, such as visiting the Pirate Museum or Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
Orlando day. There are a few things you can plan to do in Orlando (beyond theme parks, of course), including the Orlando Science Center, Ripley’s, and Wonderworks.
Planet wise. Check out a show at the planetarium in Daytona Beach.
Climb steps. Plan a morning trek up the 203 steps of the Ponce Inlet lighthouse.
Ride the train. If your child is into trains, take a ride on the Orange Blossom Cannonball, which offers special excursions and numerous short rides to choose from. There are depot locations in Tavares and Mount Dora.
Get speedy. Speed around the track at Go Kart City in Port Orange.
Take swings. Check out the batting cages at Go Kart City.
Appreciate art. There are some art places that you can take the kids to that will keep everyone cool and entertained, including the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, and the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens.
See speed. The New Smyrna Speedway holds some races that kids 11 and under can get into for free. Check out their schedule for the upcoming events.
Kayak. If it is summer, it means you need to get out and kayak early to help beat the heat, but it can be done and can be fun. Check out kayaking at Cracker Creek, the Marine Discovery Center, and Tomoka State Park.
Space out. Plan a trip to the Kennedy Space Center for a tour or for the kids to have lunch with an astronaut. Or watch a rocket launch from Jetty Park.
Road trip. Take the kids on a road trip to Tallahassee so they can see the State Capital Building, among other things they can check out in the capital city.
Relax for a few nights. Rent a hotel room at a resort that offers a nice pool area and just relax. We've done that a few times at the Renaissance SeaWorld (across from SeaWorld), and it's great.
For the moms. Check out the ladies night, poetry slam events, or comedy club night at the Cinematique Theater of Daytona. Also, be sure to check out date night ideas.
Get outside. Sign up for one of the free outdoor programs through the Explore Volusia program.
Beach it up. Take the kids to a Traffic Free Beaches in Volusia County
Have a bonfire. Depending on the time of the year, you can plan a fun family bonfire on the beach.
Last updated: May 2022
Volusia County is home to such cities as Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Edgewater, Lake Helen, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, and other surrounding cities. There are many fun family friendly activities in the area for people to check out.