Saturday: Cruising the Beach
Walk the beach to find shells and work up an appetite. Have a breakfast of omelets and buttermilk biscuits at Daytona Diner, a 1950s-style eatery in the back of a downtown Harley Davidson motorcycle shop. Nearby, the weekly City Island Park Farmers Market teems with fresh produce. Just west of I-95, the sprawling Daytona Flea and Farmers Market gathers more than 1,000 bargain-basement vendors.
Late in the morning, board a cute 18-passenger launch with a candy-striped awning down at Halifax Harbor Marina for a one- or two-hour tour on the Halifax River. The owner-operators of A Tiny Cruise Line point out dolphins and birds, tell tales from local history, spy on waterfront mansions, and duck under bridges spanning the Intracoastal Waterway.
For lunch, go health conscious at the Dancing Avocado Kitchen (tuna melts, whole wheat pizzas, grilled quesadillas, power juices). Then splurge at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory (free tours). Save the afternoon for quick fun and a few screams at Adventure Landing. Its wear-your-swimsuit entertainment includes curvy water slides, a wave pool, a two-story go-cart track, miniature golf, and video games.
In the evening, cruise the beach road south to the Ponce deLeon Inlet Lighthouse. Climb steps inside the 175-foot redbrick tower, or enjoy the ground-level view looking up at it.
Before sundown, claim a seat on the rambling waterfront deck at Inlet Harbor Marina & Restaurant, a few blocks from the lighthouse. Order a colorful drink, sit back, and take in the best sunset view around. Talented musicians perform on a small stage, and the menu includes spiced shrimp, bacon-wrapped oysters, grouper sandwiches, and roasted sea scallops.
Finish the day at Oceanfront Park, where different bands play free concerts every Saturday night at the band shell.