By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com January 2, 2017
Ormond Beach is just north of Daytona Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast and is away from the hustle-and-bustle of larger beach communities.
This magnificent beach community offers practically everything you could want during a laid-back beach vacation, while it's also centrally located to many of Florida’s most popular attractions. A historic main street, beautiful beaches, shopping in a historic setting, state parks and more are just a few of the attractions Ormond Beach offers.
The beach at Ormond Beach is known for more than swimming. In 1903, it was dubbed the “Birthplace of Speed” because the sand was the perfect surface for establishing high-speed records for the still-young automobile. Today, there is a replica of the Ormond Garage that’s open to the public, but the beach is no longer a site for racing.
Beachgoers in Ormond Beach enjoy the beautiful surf, sand, and sunny blue sky along miles of beaches. Andy Romano Beachfront Park offers beach access, off-beach parking, a splash pad, playground, pavilions, concessions, and restrooms.
Four state parks are located just north of Ormond Beach, providing numerous opportunities for eco-adventures and enjoying the outdoors.
Tomoka State Park is a popular place for canoeing, boating, fishing, and bird watching. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species that can be viewed on a one-half mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock. Other park amenities and activities include a boat ramp, camping, geo-seeking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, playground, wildlife viewing, interpretive exhibit, and restrooms.
Bulow Creek State Park protects nearly 5,600 acres and features one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida's east coast. Trails allow hikers to explore the park and view wildlife, with the seven-mile long Bulow Woods Trail taking hikers to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Other park amenities and activities include bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, geo-seeking, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, interpretive exhibit, and restrooms. Weddings can also be held in the park under the cathedral-like canopy of the Fairchild Oak Tree.
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is 150 acres and stands as a monument to the rise and fall of sugar plantations in East Florida. A scenic walking trail leads visitors to the sugar mill ruins that are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Park amenities and activities include bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking, picnicking, interpretive exhibit, museum, and restrooms.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is named for Florida folk singer Gamble Rogers and is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The beach is the most popular feature of the park, where visitors enjoy swimming, shelling, sunbathing, beachcombing, and fishing. Other amenities and activities include bicycling, birding, camping, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, family reunions, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking, interpretive exhibit, pets, picnicking, wildlife viewing, tours, restrooms, and a shower station.
While in Ormond Beach, you’ll enjoy a myriad of different sporting activities such as golf, bicycling, swimming, surfing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and all kinds of eco-adventures.
Golfers will love the public, semiprivate, and private golf courses available in Ormond Beach and the surrounding area. Bikers will enjoy taking the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop Ride that is 30 miles along some of the most scenic areas of the city, while also viewing wildlife. And water sports enthusiasts will enjoy canoeing, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing.
Ormond Beach is the perfect destination for people who enjoy a diversity of indoor and outdoor activities, including visiting museums and other cultural attractions.
The Casements is a mansion in Ormond Beach famous for being the winter residence of John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller Gardens is on the grounds of the mansion and features a promenade along the river, an outdoor stage that is available for weddings, and a water pond with fountain and sculpture.
Other cultural attractions include the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center and the Nocoroco Historic Site.
Ormond Beach is a foodie’s paradise with well over 100 restaurants. You’ll find great eateries to satisfy the whole family, including fine dining and seafood restaurants.
Some of the top restaurants in Ormond Beach include the 31 Supper Club, Grind Gastropub, Riptides Raw Bar & Grill, Blau, Peach Valley Cafe, and Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ and Sweets.
While staying in Ormond Beach, you’ll have your pick of more than 25 hotels and over 100 vacation rentals. Selections for lodging include the family-owned OceanFront Inn and Suites, and resorts such as the Royal Floridian Resort, and the Lotus Boutique Inn & Suites.
Popular chains like Best Western, Super 8, and the Howard Johnson are also located in Ormond Beach, offering a variety of amenities and pricing options for every budget.
There are several shopping venues in Ormond Beach, such as the Ormond Mall, but don’t miss strolling the historic main street that encompasses Granada Boulevard from A1A on the East to Orchard Street on the West, and areas to the north and south of Granada Boulevard.
While shopping on Ormond Beach MainStreet, you’ll find a diverse selection of restaurants, a farmers market, and local boutiques offering swimwear, designer clothing, and even skateboards.
And if you want to stay at a hotel or resort in this historic setting, explore the Plantation Island Resort, Hampton Inn, and Best Western. Then when you are ready for a spa day, several main street spas can cater to your every need.
Ormond Beach features numerous venues for weddings, including Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club, Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, the Rockefeller Gardens, and nearby Bulow Creek State Park.
Accommodations at local hotels and resorts vary in price range, with many of them offering wedding packages to help brides and grooms tie the knot.
Local vendors can also provide everything for a wedding, including flowers, cake, catering, and spa services.