The Aku Tiki: Ready for some weekend fun? You’ve come to the right place!
Their continental breakfast is a great treat for kids and adults alike. From savory to sweet, they have it all!
First, we have the obvious activity for anyone visiting Daytona Beach – the beach and the pool! Don’t forget your sunscreen, because you’ll definitely be soaking up the rays.
The sun deck is the perfect place to relax.
While you’re in beach mode, the Ocean Deck is the perfect place to enjoy a family friendly lunch. It’s truly a place that has it all: an extensive menu of fresh seafood, but where you can also order a burger and chicken fingers.
They have a menu especially for youngsters – the best part about the kids menu? Everything comes served on an Ocean Deck frisbee for your children to keep!
For the adults, they offer a wide selection of tropical beverages, beers, and as well as a large selection of alcohol-free drinks for you or those under the age of 21!
One of my favorite parts about the Ocean Deck (besides their amazing views and food, obviously) is the gift shop.
You can definitely find the perfect beach toy or souvenir there.
Not too far from Ocean Deck is Zeno’s Boardwalk Sweet Shop – a place that’s been hand making saltwater taffy since 1948!
On their website, it states: “To pay homage to Daytona Beach, where we have been located in since 1948, we even gave our saltwater taffy the name of the World’s Most Famous Taffy(tm) in Daytona beach’s honor.”
In their tiny storefront, they have 101 flavors of taffy for you (and your kids) to pick out! It’s so much fun to get a mixed box too – they come with a free guide to all of their flavors.
There’s a reason they’re “The World’s Most Famous Taffy”!
The Marine Science Center – Ponce Inlet
After enjoying all of your delicious food and taffy, head over to Ponce Inlet to the Marine Science Center. The center focuses on rehabilitating the area’s natural marine life – including sea turtles and seabirds. My favorite? Their aquatic touch pool.
The 13-foot-long, 1,400 gallon pool allows big and little hands to reach in and actually touch marine creatures – like cownose rays, Atlantic stingrays, several types of indigenous fish, and a huge variety of invertebrates.
These include horseshoe crabs, anemones, sea urchins, hermit crabs, and many other creatures that inhabit our local waters! For you (and your children’s) convenience, they have special floating trays so that visitors big and small and handle the smaller animals safely.
After a fun-filled day of exploring some of the coolest things to do near The Aku Tiki, you’ll be happy to come back and relax. The complimentary social hour features a variety of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks for both you and your children to enjoy.
For a dinner that’s a little out of the ordinary, head to Tia Cori’s Tacos, just over the bridge. It’s a casual Mexican restaurant that has plenty of authentic items for you to try.
They also have a great kid’s menu (and it includes chicken nuggets). They offer a wide selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non. For a sugary drink, try the Jarritos sodas!
They are authentic sodas and a must-try. The restaurant is family owned and operated, and everything from the salsas and guacamole (which you MUST order) is fresh daily.
Even their tortillas are made from an off-site tortilla bakery daily! On warm summer nights, you can sit outside under a covered patio area where there’s often live music.
After a wonderful day full of amazing activities, the entire family will love coming back to The Aku Tiki for a night of sleep and the sounds of the sea.