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In the Ormond Beach area, Bicentennial Park offers extended sports facilities, including tennis, softball, basketball, and handball along with nature trails from the ocean to the river.  

South of Ormond Beach in Holly Hill is Strickland Park, which provides a shooting range, ball fields and a BMX track.

Lighthouse Point Park, on the north side of Ponce Inlet, offers spectacular views of the beach and surrounding areas from an old lighthouse, while visitors to Mary McLeod Bethune Park near New Smyrna Beach can enjoy an oceanfront boardwalk and riverside fishing.  On the northern end of New Smyrna Beach is Dunes Park, popular for its observation tower and sand dune walkovers.  A short drive west is scenic Lake Ashby Park, which offers primitive camping.

For the history buff, Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange features sugar mill ruins and dinosaur statues, along with botanical gardens and nature trails.

South of Port Orange is Spruce Creek Park, which offers a fishing and observation pier, primitive campsites, a horse trail and other amenities.  

Mary McLeod Bethune Park, Near New Smyrna Beach, is a park where visitors can enjoy an oceanfront boardwalk and riverside fishing.

Smyrna Dunes Park located on the northern end of New Smyrna Beach. It''s popular for its observation tower and sand dune walkovers.

Lake Ashby Park, a scenic park which is a short drive west of Smyrna Dunes Park, offers primitive camping.


Volusia County also operates eight boat ramps, including a ramp on the Halifax River in New Smyrna Beach and one on the Tomoka River near Ormond Beach, Volusia also has many city parks and 12 state and federal parks.

The Halifax area is a prime spot for boating and water sports.  Offshore sailing and fishing are available off the Atlantic Coast, the Intracoastal Waterway, Ponce Inlet, the St. John’s River and Tomoka Rivers and Spruce Creek.  Several marinas are located throughout the county.  They include Marina Point (downtown Daytona Beach), Pelican Island Marina (Port Orange), Inlet Harbor (Ponce Inlet), Daytona Beach Yacht Club (Daytona Beach), Perry’s Marina (Wilbur-By-The-Sea), and Halifax Harbor (Daytona Beach).

Boat Cruises

Sightseeing, sunset dinner and moonlight cruises are available on the Halifax River from November through April and along the St. John''s River year-round.


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