Family Fun at the Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk

By: Carrie McLaren


As a child, I spent a lot of weekends in Daytona Beach along the oceanfront boardwalk and amusement park.  I have a lot of great memories of my visits there.  This past week, I was excited to return to the area with my own children and create new, family memories.

The first thing we did when we got there was put our feet in the ocean.  The giggles were endless as they splashed and jumped up and down.  They loved it and so did I. 

At 750 feet long, the Main Street Pier offers some spectacular views of the beach and is a prime spot for fishing, too.  Don’t forget your bait and pole – fishing from the pier is free!  My girls enjoyed watching others reeling in their catches. 

If you’re hungry, check out Joe’s Crab Shack located right on the pier.  The top deck of the restaurant is “the” spot to go with seating available overlooking the ocean.  At night, be sure and grab a spot by one of the many fire pits. On the weekends, they even have live music – my girls loved dancing along.

The Joyland Amusement Center located just steps from the beach was a great place for us to escape the heat for a bit. I especially loved showing my girls how to play Skeeball – one of my favorite games as a kid!  My oldest daughter collected her game tickets and exchanged them for a yellow yo-yo – a prized possession in the eyes of a four-year old! 

For even more fun, hop on a go-kart or take a few spins on the ferris wheel.  The views from the top of the ferris wheel are spectacular!  It was my youngest daughter’s first time on a ferris wheel – pretty cool that it was overlooking the ocean! 

We rounded out our afternoon with a few slices of pizza at Pizza King before heading home – there’s nothing better than dining with an oceanfront view. Seeing the world through my children’s eyes was a wonderful way to spend our day at the beach.   

If you visit during the summertime, don’t miss the fireworks every Saturday night at 9:45p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day!

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