Situated north of the sprawling Daytona Beach, the quaint waterfront enclave of Ormond Beach offers an Old Florida ambience with a focus on majestic state parks, river trails and local dining. Outdoor activities abound along the Tomoka River, Atlantic Ocean and within protected wildlife habitats.
Things to do in Ormond Beach
Before exploring the outdoors, stroll the historic downtown district on Granada Boulevard and visit the tranquil city gardens. Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens is devoted to manicured horticulture, veterans memorials and fine art, while Rockefeller Gardens Park showcases concerts and movies on its open-air stage.
Rent a canoe and follow the Tomoka River Paddling Trail, then pick up some picnic fixin’s from Smoke Shack BBQ before cruising the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, known colloquially as “The Loop”. It crosses over to a barrier island and provides access to the Atlantic Ocean, North Peninsula and numerous parks, including Tomoka and Bulow Creek State Parks.
Enjoy outdoor activities within the state parks, such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming and cycling. Bring your camera and binoculars to spot dolphins and loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach. Tomoka State Park is a wildlife habitat for rare species, such as the West Indian manatee, while Bulow Creek State Park protects a large Southern Live Oak forest, salt marshes and hardwood swamps.
After a day of enjoying nature, head back to town for fried lobster and Firecracker Chicken at Betty’s A1A Café. Top off the evening with cold beer and live entertainment at Saints & Sinners Pub.
Getting around Ormond Beach
County buses and taxis operate in Ormond Beach and a beach shuttle runs along the oceanfront. You can pick up a rental car in Daytona Beach or at Orlando International Airport, about a one-hour drive from Ormond Beach.