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Are you planning to travel to Daytona Beach? Do you wonder what there is to do in the area (beyond the beach, of course)? Then you have come to the right place! Daytona Beach Bound is a blog dedicated to all things Daytona Beach! It's written with the visitor in mind, but it's written by someone who lives there, giving you the full tourist scoop! Find out what to do in Daytona Beach, where to stay in Daytona Beach, and where to play. When visiting Daytona Beach you can get the information here that you you need to plan and enjoy your trip! Find airports near Daytona Beach.

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Great Places to See an Elevated View in Daytona Beach


While visiting the Daytona Beach area you may want to get elevated so you can see a panoramic view. There are a few places where you can see a great ariel view while visiting the Daytona Beach area. They are not all right in Daytona Beach, but if you are willing to travel a few minutes you will be able to get elevated and see sweeping views of the whole Daytona Beach area, or just beautiful scenery from the area you are near. Check out the places below to get elevated and see beautiful ocean and river views of the area.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
For the best ariel view in the Daytona Beach area, climb the 175 feet to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Once you get to the top of the stairs you will step out onto a small observation platform that will offer panoramic views of the area. You can get 360 degrees of beautiful view! Visiting the lighthouse costs around $7 per adult and $2 per child, but it's well worth the experience. You will challenge yourself to make it up all the stairs, and then be rewarded with breathtaking views in all directions. Be sure to keep the weather in mind, because if a storm moves in the lighthouse will be closed to visitors, because it could be dangerous to be at the top during a storm.

Top of Daytona Restaurant
At this restaurant, located at the 29th floor, you can take in great ariel views of the Daytona Beach area, while you dine. You can dine alone or with a group, stop in for an early bird dinner, or a later romantic meal. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes to choose from, including pasta, chicken, salmon, etc. The restaurant is a popular destination for those who are looking to celebrate, have a romantic evening, or who want to get a great view of the area.

Canaveral National Seashore
This national park offers a lot to do in the way of hiking and visiting the beach, but you will also find shell middens here, which are essentially Native American garbage piles. You can climb to the top of Turtle Mound and be treated with some great views of the area near there. Granted, it's not an arial view like the others on the list, but it's still really nice. Plus, you will enjoy the short hike up the boardwalk to the top of the mound.

Marine Science Center
Located in Ponce Inlet, this is a great place to learn about local animals, both marine life and birds. They offer a turtle rehab center and a bird rehab center. Across the street from them, they have a short paved nature walk that leads back to an elevated observation deck. Climb to the top and you get beautiful views of the marsh area surrounding it. There's also usually a wonderful breeze to feel when you are up there. The trail itself is free to take, but it does cost money to go inside the center.


Cool Restaurants to Check Out in the Daytona Beach Area


Cool Restaurants to Check Out in the Daytona Beach Area

If you are visiting the Daytona Beach area you will spend some time dining out. That is a given. But what isn't a given are the places where you will choose to dine while visiting the Daytona Beach area. The good news is that there are some great places to dine in the area. Be sure to check out these cool restaurants in the Daytona Beach area when visiting. Some may not be in the city of Daytona Beach, but are in the same county and are worth the short drive to go to. Plus, you get a little view of the area along the way.

  • Racing's North Turn - This restaurant offers an awesome view, but is also a historical destination. 
  • Jimmy Hula's - There is a location north and south of Daytona Beach, in Ormond Beach and Port Orange. This is a hotspot for good food and a fun atmosphere.
  • The Garlic - A popular place to head to for a variety of gourmet options, this is the place many locals go for a special date night.
  • Top of Daytona - Located on the 29th floor, people visit this restaurant for the amazing views. You will have a vast ocean view that can't be beat.
  • Ichi Ni San - Located along historic Beach Street in Daytona Beach, this restaurant is popular for their ramen and sushi. They offer a wide variety of options to choose from including specialty options, such as gluten free and vegan.
  • Cinnamon Tree Cafe - For a special breakfast or brunch, head to Port Orange to stop by this place for amazing crepes and specialty fresh baked goods. They get busy, so plan ahead.
  • Aunt Catfish's on the River - Located in Port Orange, this is a popular seafood restaurant along the water, this place is also known for it's weekend brunch.
  • The Breakers - Located in New Smyrna Beach, this restaurant offers an ocean view and a relaxed atmosphere, making it a popular pick among locals and tourists. Their burgers have been rated the best around!
  • Thai Kitchen by Sawowanee - Located just south of Daytona Beach in Port Orange, this little restaurant is a favorite among locals. You can try a variety of authentic Thai dishes, including pan fried noodles, curries, and specialties.
  • Kale Cafe and Juice Bar - If you want some great vegan food or healthy 100% fresh pressed juice, head to this place on Beach Street in Daytona Beach.

There are a lot of great restaurants to check out when you are visiting the Daytona Beach area. There are some cool places you will want to consider. Half of the fun when vacationing somewhere is found in checking out different restaurants. Whenever possible, it's a good idea to try some that are not your typical chain that you find all over the country. This gives you something new to explore!