Located ten miles south of Daytona on the World's Most Famous Beach, the town of Ponce Inlet is one of Florida's best kept secrets. Named as one of the world's top ten beaches by Dr. Beach, Ponce Inlet offers a wealth of additional activities following your tour of the historic Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse. With its natural beauty, history, and relaxing atmosphere you may never want to leave!
Local Ponce Inlet Activities Include Marine Science Center:
Next door to the Lighthouse and Museum, the Marine Science Center features state of the art turtle and sea-bird rehabilitation centers along with many fascinating exhibits on coastal and maritime ecosystems. Visitors can observe aquatic life in the center's aquariums, or take a leisurely stroll through the center's coastal hammock.
Parks and Other Historic Sites in Ponce Inlet:
Nature lovers will find a wealth of opportunities at all of Ponce Inlet's parks. Step back in time and explore the Timucuan Oaks Botanical Garden or the 41-acre Ponce Preserve, home of the Green Mound State Archaeological Site, and take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful salt marshes along the newly constructed 1/3 mile long boardwalk.
Lighthouse visitors can also visit the historic Meyers-Davis House, Hasty Cottage/Post Office, and Hasty Cemetery. Located just around the corner from the Lighthouse, all three have been fully restored to their original turn-of-the-century and 1920's configurations, the Hasty Cottage / Post Office and Meyer-Davis House are now home to exhibits related to the history of Ponce Inlet.
County Parks and Beach Access:
Tired of the crowded beaches and urban sprawl of Daytona? Ponce Inlet offers access to the beach in several locations. Located just 2.5 miles north of the inlet, Winter Haven Park offers off-beach parking, restroom facilities, picnic tables, grills, fresh water showers, and access to a section of the beach closed to vehicular traffic. Just around the corner from the Lighthouse and Museum, Lighthouse Point Park is a unique 52-acre preserve situated at the mouth of the inlet. Featuring a wealth of opportunities including a fishing/sightseeing jetty, elevated boardwalk that meanders through the protected coastal dune system, nature trails, picnic sites, swimming areas, and direct access to the beach, this beautiful park provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy one of the last unspoiled stretches of the World's Most Famous Beach. Operated by the Volusia County Parks and Recreation Department, visitors can enjoy Lighthouse Point Park for a nominal fee. Please Note: Lighthouse Point Park is not affiliated with the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and admission is non-transferable.
Interested in cooling off after climbing 203 steps to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse? Ponce Inlet offers a wide selection of water activities including fishing boat charters, water ski rentals, eco-tours, boat rides, kayaking, parasailing and more.
Looking for fine food and entertainment after touring the Lighthouse? Dine with the locals at any of our great restaurants. Famous for their laid-back atmosphere, fresh seafood, and spectacular views of the ocean and inland waterways, Ponce Inlet restaurants have something for everyone. From local caught seafood, juicy steaks, burgers, pizza, and more, Ponce Inlet is home to many of Daytona's most popular eateries.