Top 10 Things to Do in Flagler Beach
By Lauren Tjaden
There are so many things to do in Flagler Beach, a hidden gem, a piece of old-time Florida that has somehow managed to fly under the radar. Located on the Atlantic coast a splash north of Daytona Beach, this hamlet is devoid of high rises and chain restaurants, but rich in charm and wide-open spaces.
Flagler Beach Attractions & Things to Do
1. Start the day right with a home-cooked breakfast at Maggie's Café. It feels as if you’ve stepped into another time, where the coffee is hot and rich and the service really does come with a smile. And the scenery can’t be beat: You can watch the sun rise over the waves on the Atlantic as you nosh on European pastries or red potatoes and American favorites like scrambled eggs.
2. The beach is one of the main things to do in Flagler Beach and is one of the area’s biggest draws. The cinnamon-hued sand is like everything else in the town: anything but cookie-cutter.
3. Enjoy a walk on the Pier, home to the town’s main public beach. Or just pull over by one of the many beach accesses and claim a more private piece of shore.
4. The area’s the perfect place to ride a wave, either on your own belly or on a board.
5. Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area, at the southern edge of the town, offers even more activities and is one of the top natural Flagler Beach attractions. Besides a beach, it offers an inland waterway that you can explore via kayak. You can pack a lunch and eat at a private island if it pleases you.
6. Fishing is another favorite activity, either in the surf, off the pier, or from a boat.
7. The town is brimming with mom-and-pop stores and Flagler Beach restaurants, begging you to wander through them or eat on their rooftops.
8. One of the joys of the things to do in Flagler Beach is just driving around and soaking up its eccentric vibe; this pirate-themed house is a prime example. Every turn in the road reveals a new oddity, some charming, some intriguing, and some merely confusing.
9. For toes-in-the-sand dining, try Snack Jacks, nestled smack-dab on the beach.
10. And don’t forget to leave a message on the chalkboard outside of the Funky Pelican, a traditional way to cap off your visit. This one is especially apt!
Photos by Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA