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Things to do in Volusia County (Tourism of Volusia County) (Volusia County)

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ECOLOGICAL, CULTURAL, HERITAGE
AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
ECOLOGICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL


Marine Discovery Center is a non-profit corporation conceived in 1992 to promote the following concepts through education: ecology, environmental protection and exploration of the pristine marine environment that encompasses southeast Volusia County
Marineland Florida's original marine attraction. Originally designed as an underwater filming studio, Marineland opened to the public on June 23rd 1938. The world had never witnessed such a tremendous diversity of marine life in one facility. This is where it all began.
Spruce Creek Preserve The 4th ranked Preservation 2000 Project in the State of Florida.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge - 4490 Grand Avenue, DeLeon Springs (386)985-4673
Area Local, State, and National Parks
Ocean Realm Foundation The recently formed New Smyrna Beach foundation (501 C3 applied for) is seeking financial support or a beachside retail store location donation between 700 and 1,000 sq.ft. to be used for the establishment of an ocean media center (library) to house books, CDs, videos and other ocean educational and entertainment media. Materials housed at the media center will be made available free of charge to families intersted in furthering their understanding of the ocean environment and marine life. All donations will be used to support the overhead and costs of materials. If you are interested in supporting the media center please call 386-409-9327 or visit our web site.

CULTURE & ARTS


Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists' community and arts education facility with a mission dedicated to promoting artistic excellence. An artists-in-residence teaching center and arts complex, where world-renowned professional artists of music composition, literary, performing and visual arts work with students. Open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Free. 1414 Art Center Ave. New Smyrna Beach, 386-427-6975
Black Heritage Festival of New Smyrna Beach - Story Tellers - African Dancers - Jazz and Blues - Demonstrations - Silent Auction - Black Heritage Museum - Family Oriented
Images a Festival of the Arts COME FIND ART IN THE PARK Lively performances both days of MUSIC, DANCE, CLOWNS & MIMES.
African American Museum of the Arts - 325 Clara Ave. DeLand (386) 736-4004 - The museum features artifacts and folk art of Africa and works of African American artists. It is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission: free.
Art League of Daytona Beach, Inc. - 433 South Palmetto Ave. Daytona Beach (386) 258-3856 - Designed by famous architect Francis Walton, the Art League offers classes in all disciplines and changing exhibits. Hours are from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: Free.
Artists' Workshop, Inc. - 115 Canal St. New Smyrna Beach (386) 424-9254 - Classes, shows and interaction in the arts. Open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 10 am to noon Saturday. Admission: free.
The Casements - 25 Riverside Dr., Ormond Beach (386) 676-3216 - The former home of John D. Rockefeller, the Casements now is a cultural center. The Hungarian Folklore Room, Italian ceramic display and Boy Scout memorabilia are permanent exhibits. Guided tours are available from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday. The Casements is open from 9 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Admission: free.
DeLand Museum of Art, Inc., - Cultural Arts Center 600 N. Woodland Blvd. DeLand (386) 734-4371 - Exhibits, films, lectures and workshops are offered for all ages. There is a summer camp art program for youngsters. Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to Audobon exhibit: $6,$5 seniors, $4 students, children younger than six free.
The Duncan Gallery of Art - Sampson Hall, Stetson University DeLand (386) 822-7266 - Lectures, recitals and gallery with exhibits are featured by national artists and Stetson students. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission: free.
Fred Dana Marsh Museum - Tomoka Basin Geo Park, 2099 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach (386) 676-4050 - The museum in Tomoka Basin Geo Park features natural, cultural and historical exhibits. It is open from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., daily. Park admission: $3.25 per car (up to eight people).
Gillespie Museum of Minerals - Stetson University, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand (386) 822-7330 - More than 25,000 minerals from around the world are showcased. Hours: 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday tours may be arranged. Admission: $2 adults, $1 students, 50 cents per student on class field trips.
Harris House - 214 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach (386)423-1753 Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday thorugh Saturday. Admission: free.
Arts on Douglas 123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 386-428-1133 Hours: 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: free.
Harvey W. Lee Jr. Memorial Gallery - Fine Arts Center, Bethune-Cookman College, 151 Lincoln St., Daytona Beach, (386) 255-1401 ext. 522 - Exhibits of arts throughout the Southeast and Central Florida are featured. It includes African Art Gallery. Tours are offered from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission: free.
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens - 78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach (386) 676-3347 - The facility features a collection of Malcolm Fraser paintings and rotating art displays, located on four acres of tropical gardens with native Florida plants. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $2 adult nonmembers; seniors, students, children, members free.
Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts - 1 Block West Of Hwy 17 On Hwy 40 North of DeLand & West of Ormond. 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville. A living history museum of early Florida life. Folk Museum - Educational Tours - Pioneer Exhibits & Demonstrations. Weekdays 9a.m.- 4p.m./ Saturday 9a.m. to 2p.m. Admission: $2.50; $1.50 children. (386) 749-2959
Florida Agricultural Museum The museum is at Island House, on Princess Place Road at the Princess Place Reserve, off Old Kings Road in North Flagler County. Hours: 9am to 4 pm Wednesday through Friday. Free admission. 386-446-7630
Southeast Museum of Photography - Daytona Beach Community College, Bldg. 1200, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (386) 506-4475 - This is the only museum in the Southeast devoted entirely to photography. It features changing exhibits of historical and contemporary photography, lectures, symposia, children's programs and a permanent collection and library. Hours are from 11am- 5pm Tues,Thurs and Fri, 11am-7pm on Wed and 1pm-5pm Sat and Sun. Admission: free.
Theater Center - Cultural Arts Center, 600 N. Woodland Ave., DeLand (386) 736-7232 - The Rivertown Players community theater, State Two theater ensemble, Story-book children's theater, classes, workshops and the touring company outreach performances offer a variety of theater during the year.
Seaside Music Theater - PO Box 2835, Daytona Beach (386) 252-3394 - This is only professional repertory music theater in the Southeast. Professionals produce five musicals each summer at Daytona Beach Community College Theater Center and three performances each winter at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.
Daytona Beach Playhouse - 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, (386) 255-2431 - The Daytona Beach Playhouse has been presenting community theater for more than 50 years. Casting calls and productions are open to all.
Little Theater of New Smyrna Beach - 726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach (386) 423-1246 - Little Theater of New Smyrna Beach offers six productions through the winter season and a half century of experience.
Peabody Auditorium - 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach (386) 255-1314 - The 2,560-seat auditorium hosts world-renowned artists, symphonies, ballets, Broadway series and touring performances. It is home to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, the Civic Ballet of Volusia County and the Florida International Festival.
Ocean Center 101 N. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach (386) 254-4500 - The Ocean Center is Volusia County's premier host to conventions, exhibits, sporting events and concerts. It is home to professional soccer and public ice skating.
Florida International Festival - a biennial event in Daytona Beach (386) 681-2487 - Daytona Beach is the "official" summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra every other summer. During the 2003 Festival more than 80 performances will be staged featuring internationally renowned conductors, performance artists andchamber ensembles from around the world. The LSO is scheduled to appear in Daytona Beach again between July 11-27,2003. www.fif-lso.org
Civic Ballet of Volusia County - Daytona Beach, (386) 761-3192 - This volunteer organization offers professionally-produced performances with guest artists. The Company performs "The Nutcracker" each December.
Daytona Beach Choral Society - Daytona Beach, 386-405-2782 - This community group offers annual winter and spring concerts.
Daytona Beach Community College Cultural Arts Series - 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (386) 254-3042 - The Series presents performances in dance, theater and music using student and professional guest artists.
Daytona Beach Symphony - 100 South Beach St., Daytona Beach (386) 253-2901 - The Symphony presents six concerts during the winter season by orchestras from throughout the world.
DeLand Little Symphony - 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand (386) 736-7232 - The DeLand Little Symphony gives two annual performances at the DeLand Cultural Arts Center.
Sba-Ujat, Inc. - 540 Colfax Dr., Daytona Beach (386) 255-1068 - Sba-Ujat sponsors cultural programs highlighting the heritage and history of African-Americans and their contributions to American culture.
Shoestring Theater - 500 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen (386) 228-3777 The community theater produces five plays in season.

HISTORY/HERITAGE


History Site of Volusia County
Civil War The Second Annual Portrayal of the Historic New Smyrna Civil War Battle: Raid at the "Old Fort" Ruins!
The Foundation For The New Smyrna Museum of History in Southeast Volusia County, Inc.
Hidden Treasures, Historical Highlights of New Smyrna's Past - Foundation For The New Smyrna Museum of History

The Sixth Annual Indian River Native American Festival - Educational Programs - Exhibition Dancing - Native American Food - Audience Participation - Storytelling - Demonstrations of Primitive Skills - FAMILY ORIENTED
The Museum of Arts and Sciences and Planetarium 1040 Museum Blvd. Daytona Beach (386) 255-0285 - A State of Florida Major Cultural Institution, the museum features changing exhibitions and permanent collections of paintings from the 18th-20th centuries; American fine and decorative arts from 1640-1920; European paintings, Oriental art, African art, Cuban fine art; Pre-Columbian art and Florida Native American material. Film, video, concert and lecture programs are offered. The Museum also includes the Windows in the Forest Environmental Center and Planetarium. Hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from noon-5 p.m.
Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Stop by and visit the second tallest lighthouse in the US. and see the maritime museums. The museum complex features an 1887 l ighthouse - a National Historic Landmark - and a collection of lighthouse service artifacts, a mariner's museum, a restored lighthouse keeper's house, lighthouse lens and a tugboat. Exhibits: "Filibusters and Pirates," centennial commemoration of the Florida expeditions to aid the Cuban revolutionaries, "Stephen Crane and the Commodore: A Prelude to the Spanish-American War, A documentary of adventures in waters off Daytona Beach , and "The United States Navy in the Spanish-American War." Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, last admission 4 pm. Admission: $4, $1 children 11 and younger. 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet. 386-761-1821.
Stephen Crane and the Commodore by Tom Taylor- Now on Video

Step Back in Time Timucuan Indian - Living History Program with Reese "Moss" Moore

True Natives - The Prehistory of Volusia County - by Dana Ste. Claire

The Volusia Anthropological Society, inc.

West Volusia Historical Society, Inc. Don't Miss This Opportunity To Live The History Of Early Central Florida.
Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site Old Kings Road, north of Ormond Beach - (386) 517-2084
Carl S. Swisher Library "New Deal" Permanent Exhibit Bethune-Cookman College, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach - (386) 255-1401
The DeLand House: A refurbished 1880’s home furnished in period pieces and artifacts relating to the history of DeLand. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: free. 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand, FL (386)734-7029
The Conrad Center The center houses a research library, historical artifacts, vintage photos and newspapers. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: free. 137 1/2 W. Michigan Ave., Deland, FL 386-740-6813
The Memorial Hospital Museum and Apothecary Features arestored operating room from the 1920's, veterans museum, electric and ice cream museum, black heritage museum and an antique toy and elephant collection. 230 N. Stone St., Bill Dreggors Park, Deland, FL 386-734-5333.
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum - DeLand Airport, 910 Biscayne Ave., DeLand (386) 738-4149 - Memorabilia commemorating the 1942-1946 DeLand Naval Air Station are featured, including uniforms, aircraft models, guns and photos. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday.
Gamble House - Located within the Spruce Creek Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, it includes the hunting and fishing cottage built by James N. Gamble in 1907, his citrus-packing plant, gardens, gazebo and dock. After his grand-children fell in love with the Disney movie Snow White, his son-in-law added the Snow White Cottage and Witch’s Hut in 1938. Off Taylor Rd, 2 miles west of I-95. (386)255-0285.
Halifax Historical Society Museum - 252 South Beach St., Daytona Beach (386) 255-6976 - Artifacts tracing the history of life in Volusia County. A research library is available. The Society's walls are hand-painted murals of Florida history. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: $3, $1 children 12 and younger; members free. Admission by donation Thursdays. Free admission for children Saturdays.
Historic Connor Library Museum: Colonial and pre-historic artifacts from the New Smyrna area, which is among the earliest settlements in the New World. 201 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (386)424-2196, leave message Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free admission.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. - 386) 255-1401
New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins County Historic Site: One of the sugar mills that thrived along the coast in the 1800’s and only the ruins remain after an 1835 Seminole Indian raid. 600 Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Info: P.O. Box 861, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170
The Veteran's Mobile Museum The Museum contains an extensive collection of uniforms, artifacts, photos, and documents from both World Wars through Desert Storm. The Museum is used at Veteran's ceremonies, schools, parades, and other events.
Volusia Museum - 1958 Alice Dr., Community of Volusia - (386) 749-2280 - This museum on the St. Johns River features Indian artifacts and historical exhibits. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Free.

RECREATION/SPORTS


Blue Springs State Park For hundreds of years the Timucuan Indians made the spring area their home.
Bulow Creek State Park
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
Faver-Dykes State Park
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
Tomoka State Park
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Canaveral Seashore Web Site
Coastal Cruise, Inc. Experience the beautiful Daytona and New Smyrna Beach area from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely voyage on the MANATEE cruising the Indian River, while exploring Florida's Nature in its own surroundings and beauty.
De Leon Springs State Recreation Area At DeLeon Springs, the legends of early explorers are still potent. An 1889 advertisement promised a fountain of youth impregnated with a deliciously healthy combination of soda and sulphur."
Marineland Florida's original marine attraction. Originally designed as an underwater filming studio, Marineland opened to the public on June 23rd 1938. The world had never witnessed such a tremendous diversity of marine life in one facility. This is where it all began.
Hontoon Island State Park The Timcuan Indians were the first inhabitant of Hontoon Island. Snails gathered from the shallows of the St. Johns River were a staple food of these people. Through the years, the discarded shells accumulated to form the two large mounds we see today.
North Peninsula State Recreation Area - Highway A1A, five miles north of Ormond Beach (386) 439-2474
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona International Speedway. Key information for Speedweeks '98. Entry lists, qualifying reports, starting line-ups, results, and special news from the drivers.
NASCAR.COM - Daytona Beach is "home base" for NASCAR!
Daytonausa.com The official site of Daytona International Speedway
Volusia Speedway Park DIRT Modifieds U.M.P. Modifieds U.M.P. Late Models All Star Sprints - Location:15 miles west of Daytona Beach on State Road 40, Barberville, Florida Phone: 386-985-4402
The Daytona Cubs Baseball Club
Skydiving - Skydive DeLand at the DeLand Airport offers instruction in skydiving. It is host to top international competition and is an international training site. Call (386) 738-3539 for more information.
Halifax Lanes 660 Mason Av, Daytona Beach (386) 255-2556
Halifax River Audubon Society, Inc.
Sandspur Riding Club - 1963 Jungle Rd. New Smyrna Beach (386) 428-1060
Silver Sands Bridle Club Volusia County's Only Covered Arena
Sun Cruz Casino - Ship Down the Hatch Restaurant 4894 Front St. Ponce Inlet (386) 322-9000 or 1-888-675-2921 - 550 passenger day and evening cruises. Pre and post meal plans available at Ponce Inlet.
Sea Critter (Critter Fleet) - 4950 S. Peninsula Dr. Ponce Inlet (386) 767-7676 - The 65-foot jetboat offers a scenic shore cruise, dolphin and whale watching.
Riverwalk Cruise Lines - at new Marker 32, the foot of the Seabreeze Bridge Daytona Beach (800) 303-2095 - Offers luncheon, after work and evening dinner-dance cruises on the Halifax River.
A Tiny Cruise Line Halifax Harbor Marina - 401 S. Beach St. Daytona Beach (386) 226-2343 A Halifax River cruise on an 1890s Fantail Launch. See historic downtown, riverfront estates and sunset/city lights excursions. Telephone for schedule.
St. Johns River Eco-Tours - 2317 River Ridge Road DeLand (386) 734-2474 - Two-hour narrated boat tour and ecological experience from the Hontoon Landing Marina. Tours are given twice daily.
J B's Fish Camp Eco-Tours - Now Featuring Boat Tours!!
Fishin' Shack Bait and Tackle Daytona Beach Florida If Fishing is your game, the Fishin' Shack should be your First and Last stop before fishing anywhere in Daytona Beach Florida.
Sunglow Fishing Pier just south of Dunlawton on A1A. The pier is open 24 hours a day
Heavy Hitters Sportfishing Daytona Beach Florida Captain David Grubbs, with 10 years experience, will give you a fun filled day of fishing. All you need is your lunch, sunscreen and a love for fishing to book a charter aboard the Heavy Hitter that is sure to leave you with good memories of a great time.
North Peninsula State Recreation Area: 800 acres, 2 miles of sandy beaches. North of Granada Blvd. on A1A, Ormond Beach, (386)517-2086
Sugar Mill Gardens: Ruins of an old English sugar mill on 12 acres of gardens. 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange (386)767-1735
Fishing on the St Johns River (Volusia county): Largemouth bass fishing is good using live shiners and artificial baits. Striped bass and sunshine bass can be caught near the Osteen Bridge. Black crappie fishing continues to produce in lakes Monroe, Jessup, Harney, Woodruff, Dexter, and Beresford in the winter months.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge- 4490 Grand Avenue, DeLeon Springs (386) 985-4673
Briggs Drive Fishing Dock 2500 John Anderson Dr. Ormond Beach
Riv-Ocean Drive Fishing Dock River/Ocean Drive Ormond Beach
Roberta Drive Fishing Dock 199 Roberta Drive Ormond Beach
San Jose Fishing Dock 2591 John Anderson Dr. Ormond Beach
Bethune Point Park- East end Bellevue Avenue, off S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach (386) 258-3106
Bicentennial Park 1800 N. Oceanshore Blvd. Ormond Beach
City Island Park- North of Silver Beach Bridge, downtown Daytona Beach (386) 258-3106
Daytona Beach Motorsports Park L P - 201 Fentress Blvd. Daytona Beach (386) 253-3278
Ed Stone Park 2990 West Highway 44 DeLand
Gemini Springs Park: 210 acres near Lake Monroe, boasts twin springs, an earthen dam, arched bridges. 37 Dirksen Road, DeBary, FL 32713. (386)668-3810
Halifax Harbor Marina and Park - South of Silver Beach Bridge, downtown Daytona Beach (386) 253-0575
Highbridge Park 39 Highbridge Road Ormond Beach
Lake Ashby Park 4150 Boy Scout Camp Road New Smyrna Beach
Lake Monroe Park 975 U.S. Highway 17-92 DeBary
Mariner's Cove Park 1199 Enterprise-Osteen Road Deltona
Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park 6656 S. Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach
Riverbreeze Park H.H. Burch Road Oak Hill
Seabridge Riverfront Park 3270 John Anderson Dr. Ormond Beach
Spruce Creek Park 6250 S. Ridgewood Avenue Port Orange
Tomoka State Park - 2099 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach (386)676-4050
Tuscawilla Park: Off Nova Road at Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, (386)255-0285
City of Daytona Beach Golf Course Daytona Beach (386) 258-3119
Cypress Head Golf Course Port Orange (386) 756-3119
DeBary Golf & Country Club DeBary (386) 668-2061
DeLand Country Club DeLand (386) 734-3161
Deltona Hills Golf & Country Club Deltona (386) 789-4911
Glen Abbey Golf Course DeBary (386) 668-4209
Halifax Plantation Ormond Beach (386) 676-9600
Hidden Lakes New Smyrna Beach (386) 427-4138
Indigo Lakes Golf Resort Daytona Beach (386) 254-4138
LPGA Ladies Professional Golf Association - LPGA International Daytona Beach (386) 274-3880
Monastery Golf & Country Club Orange City (386) 774-2714
New Smyrna Beach Municipal Course New Smyrna Beach (386) 424-2192
Oak Hill Golf Course Oak Hill (386) 345-2624
Oceans Golf & Racquet Daytona Beach Shores (386) 788-2998
Pelican Bay Country Club North Daytona Beach (386) 756-0042
Pelican Bay County Club South Daytona Beach (386) 788-6496
River Bend Golf Club Ormond Beach (386) 673-6000
Riviera Country Club Ormond Beach (386) 677-2464
Southridge Public Golf Course DeLand (386) 736-0733
Spruce Creek Country Club Daytona Beach (386) 756-6116
Sugar Mill Country Club New Smyrna Beach (386) 426-5210
Tomoka Oaks Golf & Country Club Ormond Beach (386) 677-7117
Turnbull Bay Golf Course New Smyrna Beach (386) 427-8727




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