Port OrangeVolusia County, East Central Florida. Port Orange is considered to be part of the Greater Daytona Beach Area, although Port Orange does have its own mailing address, separate from Daytona Beach. Tourism marketing continues to tie these two cities together.
The second major era for Port Orange occurred after the Civil War. Dr. John Milton Hawks, an abolitionist and United States Army Surgeon, along with other Union Army officers formed the Florida Land and Lumber Company and brought 500 freed slaves to public lands along the Halifax River, north of Spruce Creek in 1866. Dr. Hawks moved the settlement he was credited with naming Orange Port in February 1867 from the Mosquito Inlet (Ponce Inlet) to where the community lies today. By April 1867, the settlement's name change to Port Orange because another town in the United States already had the former name. Port Orange was incorporated in 1926.
Port Orange is made up of some 150 distinct "neighborhoods", each with it's own distinctive flavor. The City encompasses 26.4 square miles speckled with beautiful parks and is home to over 50,000 residents.
One of the largest annual events in Volusia is Port Orange Family Days held in October. This four-day festival which takes place at the City Center Complex focuses on celebration of family and quality of life in Port Orange and features a carnival, business and non-profit expo, children's games, parade, food court and entertainment.
By planePort Orange only offers Spruce Creek Airport, a small private airport, which is part of the Spruce Creek Fly-In real estate community. If you need to fly here, you will need to find a commercial flight arriving to either Daytona Beach International Airport (the closest), Orlando International Airport, or Jacksonville International Airport.
By trainAmtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford (Florida), about 35 miles west of Port Orange. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into Port Orange after departing from the Auto Train.
Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being near the city of DeLand. This stop is rather remote and is not recommended as an option.
By busGreyhound Bus Lines offers bus service to nearby Daytona Beach. Upon arrival at the Daytona Beach bus station, you will need to either transfer to a local Volusia County bus or take a taxicab to complete your trip to Port Orange.
By carPort Orange is easily accessed by car, as Interstate 95 passes by just west of the city, and U.S. Highway 1 passes through the center of the city, named as "South Ridgewood Avenue."
By busVotran is the name of the local Volusia County bus service, which also provides a public transit connection to nearby Daytona Beach. The buses offer service in Port Orange, M-Sa 7AM-7PM. Votran is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. Cost: $1.75 per trip, or $3.75 for a one-day bus pass (Valid for all routes).
By carGetting around by car is very easy and convenient in Port Orange. The major roads are all wide and easy to drive on with all the major areas signposted, but traffic jams around major intersections are common in the afternoons, and around the tourist areas on Saturday nights.
phone: +1 386 322-5133address: 6250 Ridgewood AveSpruce Creek Park offers a 536-foot boardwalk with three miles of nature trails, leading to a 15-foot observation tower and continues to Rose Bay. The tower overlooks the marsh area near Spruce Creek.
Sugar Mill Gardens950 Old Sugar Mill. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Sugar Mill Gardens is a botanical garden developed and maintained by the Botanical Gardens of Volusia, Inc., a non-profit organization with no salaried employees. It features a 16th-century sugar mill. Free.
address: Port Orange Causeway, 3501-4900 S. Atlantic AveThe Lighthouse Loop is a scenic drive, also used by walkers, bicyclists, and runners, which passes through the cities of Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores, and Ponce Inlet. Check the web site for the exact route.
- Port Orange Family Days
Sunset Quay Outfittersaddress: 6296 South Ridgewood AveOffers upscale brand kayak/canoe rentals, instruction, guided eco-tours (various locations), kayak fishing.
address: 1790 Crane Lakes Blvd
address: 1900 Country Club Dr
address: 6231 Palm Vista StreetPort Orange's municipal Golf Course.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Discover Diving Guide & Services92 Dunlawton Causeway. Offers off-shore dive trips to wrecks and reefs. Also offers Lobster trips. Call to book your space. Only five passengers per trip.
address: 1646 Taylor RdSpruce Creek Scuba is a full service recreational/technical dive center. Offers training for open water diver, specialty diver, advanced open water diver and rescue diver. Also offers basic Nitrox, advanced Nitrox, staged decompression, extended range and Trimix.
Spruce Creek Tennis Clubaddress: 1900 Country Club DrTwo hard courts and six clay courts, some with lights. Call for hours and fees.
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
address: 3820 South Nova RoadCountryside Shopping Center is 118,376 sq. ft. retail plaza, with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, anchored by Big Lots, McDonalds, and Save A Lot.
Dunlawton Squareaddress: 3845 South Nova RoadDunlawton Square is 332,800 sq. ft. shopping center (built in 1979), anchored by Bealls Outlet, Burger King, Dollar General, GNC, PCS Metro, Port Orange Steakhouse, Publix supermarket, Radio Shack, Space Coast Credit Union, SunTrust Bank, and TGI Friday's.
address: 3781 South Nova RoadPark Place Plaza is a 132,341 sq. ft. open air shopping center, anchored by Beall's, Gold's Gym, and Ross Dress for Less.
Port Orange Plazaaddress: 4020 South Ridgewood AvePort Orange Plaza is a 189,673 sq. ft. open air shopping center, with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, anchored by Family Dollar Store and Hardees.
Ravenwood Square Plazaaddress: 4606 S Clyde Morris BlvdRavenwood Square Plaza is a 112,073 sq. ft. retail and business center, anchored by Java Jungle Coffee Bar, Manny's Pizza House, and VIP Travel Reservations.
Riverwood Plazaaddress: 4001 South Nova RoadRiverwood Plaza is a 93,506 sq. ft. open air shopping center, with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, anchored by Dollar Tree and Winn Dixie supermarket.
Westport Square Shopping Centeraddress: 1682 Taylor RoadWestport Square Shopping Center is a 484,594 sq. ft. retail plaza, anchored by Bank of America, Kohl's Dept. Store, Publix supermarket, Subway, and several local merchants.
phone: +1 386 253-6785address: 5501 S. Williamson Boulevard Port Orange, FloridaAn open-air retail shopping center with several dining locations and movie theater. Offers many major retail stores such as HomeGoods, Belk, Payless Shoesource, Kirklands, Michaels and Ulta. Also, a few local specialized shops including hair and nail salons. Dining options included major franchise resturants and local establishments. Movie theater is Regal Pavillion Stadium 14 & RPX.
address: 4009 Halifax DrSeafood.
address: 3657 South Nova RdAmerican cuisine.
address: 4908 Clyde Morris BlvdAmerican, Barbeque.
address: 1665 Dunlawton Ave # 101Steak, Seafood
address: 3851 South Nova RdSteaks, Seafood, American
Takaraaddress: 5527 S. Williamson Blvd
First Turn Loungeaddress: 5236 South Ridgewood Ave
Last Resort Baraddress: 5812 South Ridgewood AveThe home of cold beer and killer women.
Dusk to Dawn Moteladdress: 4545 Ridgewood Ave
Fairview Moteladdress: 5964 Ridgewood Ave
Town and Country Moteladdress: 5384 Ridgewood Ave
- Seven digit dialing is in effect for local calls in Port Orange. The local area code is (386).
The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureauaddress: 126 East Orange AvenueThe official sales and marketing organization for Daytona Beach and surrounding area, including Port Orange. .
address: 3431 Ridgewood AveClearinghouse of information about the local area.
InternetIt is common for many of the larger hotels and lodgings in the area to offer free internet access for their guests.
Public LibrariesPublic libraries in the area offer free computer internet access to Volusia County residents. There is a small charge for non-residents.
- Port Orange Public Library, 1005 City Center Circle, +1 386 322-5152. .
Port Orange has varying crime intensity by neighborhood. Tourist areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence. The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Port Orange.
- Daytona Beach - Port Orange's famous neighbor to the North offers NASCAR racing and other special events.
- Daytona Beach Shores - A quiet, small city located just Northeast of Port Orange along the beach peninsula.
- New Smyrna Beach - Just to the South of Port Orange lies New Smyrna Beach. The city lays claim to the best Florida offers - excellent backwater and offshore fishing, golf, historical sites, cultural events and eclectic shopping and dining experiences along historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street.
- Ponce Inlet - A scenic fishing village located the southern tip of the beach peninsula. Here you will find the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Marine Science Center, local charter fishing boats, along with several of the area's best seafood restaurants.