Lynn at Wise Bread has put out a request for bloggers to share a list of frugal things to do in their area. So, without further ado, here are 10 frugal and very enjoyable activities for folks living or visiting in Daytona Beach, FL!
- Go to the beach! Cars are allowed to drive on large sections of our beach (an environmental disaster!!), and are charged $5.00/day to do so. But, if you get on A1A and go north of State Route 40 (Granada Blvd.), the beach in that area is traffic free. Look for shells, watch birds, and soak up the sun! Parking is free up there, too.
- Take in a free concert at the Bandshell on the beach, every Friday and Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Enjoy jazz, big band, country, Caribbean, and lots more – and on Saturdays at 9:45 pm, there are fireworks! Bring your lawn chair.
- Grab your fishing pole and go fishing! The area that I’m most familiar with is the Granada Pier, but there are many more where you can fish from piers. I’m not a fisherperson, so I don’t know what you’ll catch, but there are fish in there!
- Visit the Ponce de Leon Light Station and climb the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.50 for kids, but if you go to their website you can print out a 10% off coupon and get in for $4.50 for adults, $1.35 for kids. The lighthouse and surrounding buildings are beautifully restored, and there is a lot of historical information there. I’ve climbed the lighthouse twice, and it’s a great view! “They” say on a clear day you can see the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center to the south, but I’m not sure about that….
- Visit one of our local state parks, admission $4.00/car load. Tomoka State Park offers a nature trail with 160 species of birds. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park has unique coquina rock formations along their beach, and beautiful gardens. Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park has a scenic walk to the sugar mill ruins, which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Bulow Creek State Park has no entrance fee, and has the 400-year-old Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South. It also has a 7-mile hiking trail to the Bulow Plantation Ruins.
- Visit the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, with a $2.00 admission (kids and seniors over 60 free). They display works of local artists, and the gardens are beautiful – a lot of people get married there. The gardens are free to visit, sunrise through sunset.
- Visit the Southeast Museum of Photography on the campus of Daytona State College – admission is free. They have rotating displays of well-known photographers, and the museum itself is new and beautiful. Daytona State has one of the best photography programs in the country.
- For $1.00 (free for students), visit the African-American Museum of Arts in Deland, about 20 miles west of Daytona. It’s the only museum in the area devoted primarily to African-American and Caribbean culture and art.
- Bike the Loop! The Loop is a 30-mile, very scenic road course that passes two of the state parks mentioned above, and passes along both the Intracoastal and the ocean on A1A.
- Visit The Casements, the winter home of John D. Rockefeller Sr. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places; tours are $1.00/person.
There you go – Enjoy!!