Whether you’ve discovered the charm of Ormond Beach as a tourist, or have lived here for years, you may not know about the deep spiritual offerings of this quaint little beach town. Let’s start with the most obvious…
1. The Beach
(815 Oceanshore Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176)
The soothing tumble of water against shore, millions of grains of sand, and water that seems to stretch on forever. How could this place not be spiritual? Personally I recommend heading for the northern end of Ormond Beach for a bit more solitude and space to reflect. Try sunrise or dusk for a particularly quiet and and spiritually potent time.
2. Tomoka State Park
(2099 N Beach St, Ormond Beach, FL 32174)
Another natural treasure in our midst are the forest-lined drives and beautiful winding trails of Tomoka State Park. At the northern border of Ormond Beach, enjoy kayaking on the waterways or hiking through the lush growth of this protected area. I suggest late fall to early spring for the most temperate opportunities to explore both the physical and spiritual offerings of nature.
3. Sugar Mills
(3501 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, FL 32136)
Dotted all over Volusia County, sugar mill ruins harken back to the foundation of of this community. While you’re exploring the state park, look for the Bulow Sugar Mill. Down the winding, unpaved “Old Beach Road” one can sense the deep history of lives long past and consider your own finitude – sure to be long outlived by these ancient trees and ruins.
4. Fairchild Oak
(3351 Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, FL 32174)
Still in the vast Tomoka State Park stands a particularly ancient and beautiful tree known as the Fairchild Oak. It has withstood fires, hurricanes, droughts and wars, but held fast witnessing the best and worst humanity and nature have to offer. The sheer size of it moves the heart and spirit, calling us to consider the finite and infinite in turn.
5. Stained Glass Tour
(1035 W. Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174)
Nestled into a small chapel off the back of Christ Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary, are a set of stained glass windows witnessing weddings, funerals and worship services alike. A helpful printed guide walks viewers through their ancient stories from scripture, and call to the heart from their intricate and beautiful designs.
6. Central Park Labyrinth
(11 Hammock Lane, Ormond Beach, FL 32174)
Nestled into the northern section of Central Park, cemented into the ground, lies a winding labyrinth open to the public. A sign invites visitors to bring their questions, hopes and dreams into the labyrinth’s winding path, and to leave refreshed, hopeful and with new insight into the self. An ancient practice, the labyrinth encourages connection with the source of all goodness, hope and peace.
7. Ormond Memorial Gardens
(78 E Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176)
In a lush, botanical patch at the corner of Granada Blvd and Halifax Dr, lies a hidden treasure trove for the spirit. The gardens offer a beautiful trail to walk, a short labyrinth under the gazebo, and Ormond’s only waterfall. Find a quiet spot by the water or on the trail and enjoy all that creation has to offer, while nourishing the spirit through its beauty and pure alive-ness.
These 7 sites are by no means all that Ormond Beach has to offer, but they do give you a great place to start exploring the unique spiritual offerings of this beautiful beach town.
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