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Our last post focused on things to do in Daytona Beach. Today we’re looking at a hidden gem of a town, Ponce Inlet. Situated just a few miles south of “Daytona Beach,” Ponce Inlet, is a much quieter, more preserved version of it’s bustling neighboring “world famous” beach. That being said there are still days worth of exploring and fun within this quaint beach town. So grab your sneakers, bathing suit, and appetite and let’s explore Ponce Inlet Beach!

Top 5 Things to do in Ponce Inlet

So one of the coolest things about this list is you could do them all, without any transportation besides your own two feet! Now if you’re planning a peak summer Ponce Inlet wedding, you will likely still want to drive and soak up some A/C in between stops. Let’s explore Ponce Inlet!

1. Ponce Inlet Jetty

There a few places quite like Ponce Inlet Jetty. You can actually walk along a paved sidewalk atop the jetty for about 100 yards. Views like no other. It’s like you’re walking on water. The jetty itself is free. Parking at the Lighthouse Park runs $10. Public bathrooms, picnic tables, wooden walkway through the dunes, all make for a perfect beach adventure! And.. you can even get married at this park with the lighthouse in the background!

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2. Ponce Preserve

You don’t need extreme survival skills to hike this trail. However, the views and peacefulness at Ponce Preserve are well worth any trek. You can walk through a shaded path to a lookout tower with a beautiful ocean view. Continue a little further to a beach access point. Walk in the opposite direction and you can journey down the boardwalk to the Intracoastal River. It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with your significant other and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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3. Marine Science Center

A fun spot for animal lovers, kids and all grown ups alike! 😉 The Marine Science Center is an awesome place to visit for an hour or two. You can pet sting rays (don’t worry, they’re harmless), observe gorgeous tropical fish tanks, learn about the turtle rehabilitation and see sea turtles, visit the aviary, and more! And there’s a fun gift shop with perfect souvenirs to remember your Florida Beach Wedding by!

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4. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Tie your sneakers and get ready for some spectacular views! Climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tall lighthouse. The views of the ocean, beach, and surrounding cities is breathtaking!

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5. Off the Hook

Looking for a place to get some delicious fresh seafood (or a burger for you non-seafood lovers out there)?  Off the Hook offers delicious food and an atmosphere that matches the Florida vibe. Picture you- sitting on the water, sunset watchin’, cold drink in hand, and maybe even a dolphin show in the river if you’re lucky! Sounds like a date!

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Ok, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that getting married on Ponce Inlet Beach is pretty darn awesome too! 🙂 Click HERE to book your beach wedding today!

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