There is just so much to see and do in the fun and lively Daytona and the surrounding area. From the roller coaster rides, arcade games, concerts at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier to the fast-action, adrenaline-pumping races at the Daytona International Speedway to shopping and concerts. Browse our guide to the most popular attractions in Daytona and Daytona Beach.
This part of Daytona Beach is all about fun! Listen to the clanging of arcade games or the whoops of happy kids on the Roller Coaster and the go karts. Feast your eyes on the street performers or tap your feet to the beat of a concert. Indulge in some pizza or ice cream, and leave tired and happy knowing you’ve just experienced a quintessential beach adventure.LEARN MORE »
This racetrack is best known for being the home of the famed Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. Racing fans are known for favoring a festive atmosphere, and the Speedway provides it: visitors can take in the action from the “Budweiser Party Porch,” which offers food and drink and an unobstructed view of the track. Below the porch, kids big and little can take a break from the action with amusement rides and a go-kart track. While the Daytona 500 only happens once a year, there’s usually some race taking place, and it’s not always cars: it’s worth it to find out what’s going on when you’re in the area.LEARN MORE »
If life is best viewed on the back of a Hog, you can’t miss a stop at Destination Daytona. The sprawling complex is home to the 109,000-square-foot Harley showroom, where motorcycles, parts, accessories and apparel are sold to thousands of avid purchasers. If you’re shopping for something a little less Harley and a little more Daytona, there plenty of specialty shops to browse. Add in a full-service hotel, tons of eateries and the Saints & Sinners Pub, and you’ve got a regular destination trip waiting for you.LEARN MORE »
This 175-foot high lighthouse is the tallest in the state of Florida and one of the tallest in the U.S. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, it serves as a legacy to shipwrecks and navigational tools used from the 1800s to present day. Step inside the white picket fence, tour the museum, visit the lighthouse and the three restored keepers’ accommodations and you’ll feel as though you’ve literally been transported to another time.LEARN MORE »
Daytona Beach offers visitors more than 23 miles of pristine white, sandy beaches hugging the bright blue Atlantic Ocean. Access to all the beaches is free, and there are even some designated areas where you can take your car for a spin! Those with disabilities appreciate the accessibility of the beaches and the unique “surf chairs” that can be borrowed at no cost.
Kids of all ages flock to the enormous Daytona Lagoon. And they should; there’s a little something to keep everyone in the family having a great time. Is the lazy river your speed, or do you prefer a thrilling plunge on Blackbeard’s Revenge? If even the Wave Pool can’t convince you to get your toes wet, perhaps you’d prefer some go-kart fun, laser tag, a rock wall, an arcade or mini golf. Whichever you fancy, slap on some sunscreen and head to this mecca of fun!LEARN MORE »
Every day is summer in Florida, and every day is great for a lazy float down the Ponce de Leon Inlet. These two-hour tours feature funny, informative guides leading the boat along protected wetland and mangrove shores. You’re pretty certain to see dolphins frolicking in the wake of the boat, and the manatees are happy to make seasonal appearances.LEARN MORE »
You’ll think you’ve found paradise when you wander among the open-air shops of Ocean Walk. The colorful buildings beckon those seeking shopping, dining and entertainment while the crystal-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean glisten in the distance. Stop in for a mai tai or a visit to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company; catch a wave at a surf shop or sink into air-conditioned luxury in the movie theater. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it in the Ocean Walk Shoppes.LEARN MORE »
Housed in a 1910 bank building, this museum offers an interior design that renders the building a destination unto itself: swirling hand painted murals decorate the walls; stained glass and lighting leave the interior awash in brilliant colors. After you’ve been sated by the aesthetic beauty, the guides and exhibitions will lead you through the history of Daytona: from the Native Americans to the Spanish and British colonial eras to world wars to the origins of beach and road racing. History and art buffs alike mustn’t miss this delight!LEARN MORE »
A Smithsonian museum in the heart of Florida? You’re not dreaming; you’re at MOAS, which boasts more than 30,000 artifacts and objects comprising both permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and is also a member of the American Alliance of Museums. Here you’ll find everything from an almost-complete giant ground sloth skeleton to the second-largest collection of Coca Cola memorabilia in the world. How’s that for broad appeal?LEARN MORE »