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Volusia at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Ormond-by-the-Sea, Ponce Inlet, Wilbur-by-the-Sea
Popular Spot Daytona and Daytona Beach
Sandy Beaches 48.8 miles
Public Accesses 181
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 16 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres
Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park 134
Blue Spring State Park 2,643
Bulow Creek State Park 5,585
De Leon Springs State Park 606
Haw Creek Preserve State Park (Flagler) 3,061
Hontoon Island State Park 202
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park 17,404
North Peninsula State Park 557
Tomoka Marsh Aquatic preserve (Flagler) 16,204
Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve 4,740
Federal Lands Acres
Canaveral National Seashore (Volusia, Brevard County) 57,661
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge 21,559
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 131,061
Bays & Inlets
Mosquito Lagoon, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Indian River North
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Halifax River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segments (Space Coast and Tomoka Pellicer), Bulow Creek State Recreational Canoe Trail, Tomoka River State Recreational Canoe Trail, Spruce Creek State Recreational Canoe Trail

Volusia County is famous for its beaches, night life, and NASCAR affiliation, and is an ideal destination for beach goers in search of entertainment and sunshine. While the majority of the county is sprawling beaches and sand dunes, Daytona has a metropolitan feel and plenty of day and night time entertainment opportunities.

Outdoor recreation opportunities in Volusia County include surfing, kayaking, canoeing, sun bathing and fishing. Volusia County maintains many beautiful and well kept beach front parks. Natural springs can be found within the interior areas of the county. These springs remain at a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Two of these springs, Blue and De Leon Springs, are part of the Florida State Parks system. The Halifax River runs from the north of the county in Ormond by the Sea into Indian River north, which runs to the south of the county. These intracoastal waterways provide ideal conditions for recreational water sports such as boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

At the turn of the 20th century, people began racing on the hard packed beaches in Daytona. In 1947, the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) was founded in Daytona. Since its inception, NASCAR remains a huge source of tourism and acclaim not only for Daytona, but for all of Volusia County.

The Canaveral National Seashore is an important sanctuary for plants and animals at the southern tip of the county. The majority of this habitat is sand dunes covered with palmettos and sea oats. Common wildlife found along this seashore includes sea turtles, manatees and eastern indigo snakes. The northern section of mosquito lagoon is an ideal habitat for oysters, shrimp and crabs. This is also a popular resting place for migratory birds during their journeys north and south. In addition to Canaveral National Seashore, Volusia County has a wide variety of state parks.

Archaeological evidence suggests that Timucua Indians were early inhabitants of this area. Shell middens from this group can be found at Tomoka State Park. Volusia County was officially established in 1855.

Volusia's ECHO (Ecological Cultural Heritage Outdoors) tourism program provides resources for a well rounded, comprehensive experience of the county. From museums to beaches, Volusia has a wide variety of activities for every type of person.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012


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