2019 Fantastic Flagler Visitor, Newcomer & Resident Guide 2019_Fantastic_Flagler__Visitor-Newcomer-Resident- - Page 17

Here are some of the top recommendations for family- friendly things to do in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. M A R INEL A ND DOL PHIN A DV ENT UR E This aquarium and marine park caters to kids (and adults) with a variety of affordable immersive dolphin experiences. There’s also the option for your kids to serve as one of the park’s dolphin trainers for a day. If you and the kids don’t want to get too wet, check out Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s Touch and Feed program. Kids get to rub the belly of one of the park’s resident dolphins before giving the marine mammals their afternoon snack. FL OR IDA AGR ICULT UR A L MUSEUM Kids will get a kick out of experiencing life before smartphones and tablets at Florida Agricultural Museum. Here you can tour a fully functioning farmhouse from the 1880s, explore the Florida wilderness on a tractor tour of the woods and meet friendly farm animals, including sheep, ducks and Tucker the farm dog. You can also saddle up for a horseback tour of the trails that crisscross at the nearby woods and lakes. Photo credits top to bottom from left to right: • Eating at Swillerbees @travisandcarol • Ripple Effect Ecotours • Enjoying Marineland @shaunawear • Visiting Sally’s Ice Cream stop @rocksnosalt • Whaam Burger @coastalemperor R IPPL E EFFEC T ECO T OURS Get back to nature with a family kayak tour of the backwaters of the Guano Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. You’ll paddle past striking sand dunes and fields of salt marsh grasses while seeing the manatees, dolphins and birds that call this 77,000-acre reserve home. If you don’t feel like rowing, Ripple Effect Ecotours also offers tours on its Ripple Effect 1, a boat powered by recycled vegetable oil collected from the frying pans of local restaurants. In case you’re curious, yes, the boat’s exhaust smells exactly like fries! FA MILY-FR IENDLY DINING BREAKFAST Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches is home to dozens of family-friendly restaurants, cafés, beach stands and seafood shacks. For a breakfast the kids will never forget, head to Swillerbees Craft Donuts and Coffee Bar. You’ll love the strong, robust coffee flavors and savory bagels and the kids will get a kick out of all the varieties of doughnuts, including Unicorn Poop (a vibrant mix of sprinkles and cream). LUNCH For an equally decadent lunch, head to Whaam Burger. This retro-style eatery serves heaping patties topped with everything from jalapeños to bacon to buffalo mozzarella. DINNER After a day in the sun, treat yourself to a laid-back dinner at Golden Lion Café. This Flagler Beach staple has been serving delicious margaritas, fish tacos and fresh oysters for more than 20 years. DESSERT After a day of fun, treat the kids to a scoop or two at Sally’s Ice Cream. This beachside ice cream shack has all your favorite flavors as well as house specialties like almond amaretto and cookie monster. Fantastic Flagler Visitor, Newcomer & Resident Guide     15