Taking a beach-weekend getaway and looking for a fun souvenir to bring back home to remember your visit? Perhaps you’re putting together a care package for a friend you haven’t seen in a while, and would love to send a little piece of Florida back through the mail. Or, maybe you’re taking time this season to truly explore our local area while making the most of a staycation, and you’re looking for new things to do in Florida. No matter your reasons, there are plenty of unique shopping opportunities in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, and beyond that give you a chance to pick up something beachy and fun at an affordable price. If you’re intrigued, read on for a few of our favorite fun shopping picks in the area.
If you’ve ever driven around Daytona Beach or explored the famous Boardwalk and Pier, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of souvenir and gift shops in the area. It makes sense – this is no surprise for the area known as "The World's Most Famous Beach.” Here, visitors and locals alike can drop in and shop a wide selection of kitschy travel souvenirs and other beach supplies or beachwear. These shops can be recognized by their bold and sometimes-wacky décor, such as the Big Shark Gift Shop in Daytona Beach – instantly recognizable by the giant, three-dimensional sharks on its exterior sign. There’s also plenty of gift shop options on the Boardwalk, where you can easily find custom t-shirts, decorative shells, beach towels, keychains, and much, much more.
Daytona Flea & Farmers Market
If you’re looking for a wider variety of types of gifts, you’ll certainly want to consider making a trip to the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market. Open every weekend, Friday through Sunday, the market offers an extensive array of 650 vendors selling everything from estate jewelry, to tires, to used video games, to palm readings, to pickles. Though it’s open to the outdoors, most of the market is under cover to keep you protected from the elements and heat. It’s certainly not difficult to pick up a great Floridian souvenir gift, as well – there’s plenty of classic options like airbrush t-shirts, swimwear, and other beach novelties that are sure to make the perfect keepsake or gift.
Ormond Memorial Art Museum
When you find yourself in Ormond Beach, just to the north of Daytona Beach, you’ll want to take a visit to the Ormond Memorial Art Museum. The museum features a rotating array of interesting art exhibitions, art classes, and a lovely natural garden to explore – but you will also want to check out their gift shop. Their array of artistic jewelry and other fun accessories and souvenirs is also occasionally supplemented by unique offerings and prints from exhibiting artists. If you’re looking to get into local Florida history, their stock often includes interesting books on Florida and Ormond Beach that could be a special treat for any history buff!
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
Speaking of local history, one of the very best places to shop for a fun Floridian souvenir is at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Gift Shop. Gift shop sales make up a significant portion of the lighthouse’s operating funds – so you know that when you purchase a fun lighthouse souvenir, you’re doing your part to support the preservation of local history for generations to come. When you visit to climb the historic lighthouse and explore all the other exhibits, you can also take home some commemorative apparel, a fun nautical ornament for the coming holiday season, or even a miniature lighthouse statue for your own home! Plus, if you’re staying home or otherwise unable to visit in person, we also offer an online store for all your shopping needs.
Whether your souvenir hunt brings you to the lighthouse for the first time or you’re a longtime visitor and appreciator of local history, it’s time to pay a visit to Florida’s tallest lighthouse and see our breathtaking views of the Florida coast. Visit us today to experience some local adventure and to share in our maritime history.