Is there anything better than a beautiful family day at the park? It’s free, kids play, and everyone enjoys the fresh air. Our favorite Daytona Beach parks offer a variety of different playground structures, nature walks, splash pads, dog parks, and more. We put together a guide of our favorite parks in Daytona Beach for some outdoor family fun.
1. Magic Forest Rainbow Park
Centrally located in Ormond Beach, Magic Forest Rainbow Park is an ideal place for kids big and small as its play structures accommodate a range of abilities. The little kid section is separate from the big kid section – making it safe for your little ones to explore their limits. Older children will love exploring the castle-like structure with multiple slides of varying sizes, tire swings, monkey bars, and more. Pro Tip: This park can be quite busy on the weekends, we suggest a visit during the week or early in the morning.
2. Sugar Mill Gardens
Lions, tigers, and DINOS, oh my! A trip to Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange’s hidden gem, is a trip to explore nature’s beauty. Immediately, you are immersed into a botanical garden where little ones can explore. Your little ones will have a hard time containing their glee when they discover the dinosaur statues in the midst of the gardens (leftover from a previous theme park). Word to the wise, this is not a playground, but a botanical garden, be sure to keep your children on the paths, as there is a risk of poison ivy and other natural occurring elements that can be dangerous to children.
3. McElory Park
McElory Park is located in the heart of Daytona Beach Shores and has something for everyone. The Main Street Village themed playground will captivate your little one’s imagination as they enter one of the city buildings and take on a new role as mayor in city hall, a police officer in the fire station, or a police officer in the fire station. The surface is made of soft rubber, making it a great place for early walkers. Although this colorful playground is small, it is rarely crowded, which is part of its charm and makes it ideal for a weekend visit or for toddler-aged children. Aside from the playground, this park offers outdoor exercise equipment, pickle ball courts, a basketball court, a picnic area, paved walking track, and restrooms.
4. All Children’s Park
All Children’s Park is quite the adventure for your little pirate to plunder in Port Orange. With the renovations, the old wooden park of yesteryear has been replaced with a pirate ship-shaped play structure. The playground offers plenty of innovative equipment and space for children to run around, climb, swing, and of course, slide. In addition to the playground, All Children’s Park features a splash pad, picnic tables, dog park, restrooms, tennis courts, and softball fields. If the park worked up an appetite, check out Neighbors across the street. Your family will fall in love with its local charm, good service, and sweet treats. Neighbors will be the perfect finish to your park day.
5. Bicentennial Park
There isn’t much that Bicentennial Park doesn’t offer. Located in Ormond By The sea, the covered playground offers shades for parents and children to avoid the hot Florida sun. So while your little one gets the wiggles out, you can both enjoy the shade. The whimsical astronaut and space details painted on the playground make this park a great place to teach your little one what a small slice of the world we take up. In addition to the playground, Bicentennial Park features restrooms, covered picnic tables, boardwalk/nature walk, racquetball court, and open football/soccer fields for your little run, dog park, and more.
6. The Rachel Robinson Play Yard
Nestled in City Island behind the library, this park is central and practical. This innovative play structure is completely shaded by an awning and features a rubberized surface for safe play. Designed for children ages 5 and up, the play structure will challenge your kids motor skills and abilities while also offering plenty of room for them to run around. After your children work up an appetite, visit one of Beach Street’s many restaurants for some local fare. Our favorite kid-friendly restaurants include Avocado Kitchen, Kale Cafe, or sit outside in the outdoor piazza at Zappi’s Italian Garden.
7. Sun Splash Park
Sun Splash Park is a perfect end to a beach day or an adventure on its own. Centrally located on beachside, Sun Splash Park features a shaded playground, picnic area, restroom, outdoor shower, and interactive splash pad. The kids will go crazy for the the massive 3,5000 square-foot splash pad that features 42 water jets shooting water. Between the beach, splash pad, and playground, the kids will stay busy. Pro Tip: Make sure your little one has appropriate footwear for the splash pad as it becomes quite slippery.
8. Andy Romano Beachfront Park
Located in Ormond Beach and just over two miles north from Sun Splash Park, Andy Romano Beachfront Park is a local low-key favorite beachside park. It offers many of the same amenities as its neighbor Sun Splash Park. There is beach parking, a picnic area, a playground, splash pad, and restrooms. All in all, Andy Romano is a beautiful place to be.
9. Fire House Park
If your child loves fire trucks, Fire House Park is the park for you. Nestled behind Fire Station 81 on Atlantic Avenue, Fire House Park is a great way to spend a morning. The small covered park is adjacent to the Fire Station, is of course, firehouse themed. So the little ones can see real fire trucks! The two separate play structures are designed for toddlers and bigger kids. The age-appropriate slides, climbing structures, and fire trucks will keep your future fire fighters squealing with delight.
10. Kay & Ayres Davies Lighthouse Park
Beautiful and newly renovated with shades, this playground is located right next to the lighthouse in Ponce Inlet. The new pirate themed playground structure features unique and varied climbers, slides, and swings, and of course inspired adventures with our young scallywags. But our favorite part is still exploring the gorgeous overhanging trees that create an enchanted and serene vibe over the play space. In addition to the playground, the park also features a pavilion, paved walking path, picnic areas, and is walking distance to the beach, Mary Keller Bird Rehabilitation Center, and Marine Science Center. There is also a Veterans Memorial that pays tribute to Ponce Inlet’s War heroes. Added bonus: there is no need to fight crowds at Kay & Ayres Davis Lighthouse Park.
11. Central Park III – Ormond Beach Kiwanis Club
Located around the corner from the Environmental Discovery Center, Central Park III is great for a fun family outing. There are paved sidewalks and walking trails along with many places to sit and enjoy nature. The playground structure is small but vibrant, making it a relaxing spot where you don’t need to worry about fighting crowds.
12. Limitless Park
The sky is the limit for fun at Limitless Park, located in Ormond Beach. This brightly colored playground is the park for everyone as it gives children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play and test their limits, including those with special needs. There are two main play structures: one for little kids and one for bigger kids. The playground features slides, swings, a variety of climbers (including a climbing wall for little ones!), and several musical elements. The play structure is shaded by a natural tree canopy and the rubberized ground makes it a safe place for kids to run. Next time you are looking for a playground, checkout Limitless Park, we love it and know you will too.
Did we miss your favorite local park? Let us know! For more local fun, checkout Guide To Daytona Beach Children’s Museums.
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