Daytona Beach Florida
A surfer enjoys the waters near the Daytona Beach Pier
Browsing the gorgeous galleries of the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
Live entertainment by the seaside at the Daytona Beach Bandshell
A chocolate maker at Angell & Phelps, where high-quality chocolates are made fresh by hand daily
Strolling the sands of Daytona Beach at sunrise
Motorsports excitement at the annual Daytona 500 NASCAR race
Paddling down the Tomoka River in Tomoka State Park
Aerial view of Daytona Lagoon, a water park and family entertainment center
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse overlooks the Atlantic Ocean
A family fishing excursion on Daytona Beach
A colorful seaside locale full of action-packed excitement
Many Ways to Hit the Water
It’s no secret that Daytona Beach’s gorgeous stretches of shoreline are a huge draw for water-loving travelers. Experience a taste of Old Florida charm on a stroll down the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, where you can enjoy a seaside arcade, embark on fishing excursions and more. Cruise the sand by motorcycle or car (yes, you can drive on these beaches!) to be treated to unique views of the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For a bird’s-eye view, climb the 203 steps to the observation deck of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark. To spot birds and other native critters up close, visit Tomoka State Park and rent a canoe or kayak to paddle picturesque marshes.
Motorsports, Museums and More
Daytona Beach has been a hot spot for racing enthusiasts since the 1930s, when it wasn’t uncommon to see automobile and motorcycle races zooming up and down the beach. NASCAR, the USA’s most iconic motorsport, was born here, and race fans still flock to the Daytona International Speedway each winter to cheer on their favorite drivers in the Daytona 500. No trip to the Daytona International Speedway is complete without a visit to the memorabilia-rich exhibits of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. If fine art is more your speed, immerse yourself in the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, where the world’s largest collection of Florida art hangs on display in six splendid galleries. Science buffs can’t miss the Marine Science Center for a chance to feed stingrays while learning about the area’s unique ecology.
Florida Festivities All Year
There’s always something happening in Daytona Beach, whose locals refer to it as the Festival Capital of Florida. Motorcycle aficionados can enjoy group rides, live music and motorcycle races at the speedway during yearly Biketoberfest® and Bike Week events. Music fans are welcome here, too, and they’ll delight in a full slate of year-round concerts at the waterfront Daytona Beach Bandshell, as well as music festivals like Welcome to Rockville and the Summer in the Circle Concert Series. Pick up a souvenir from a local artisan at the monthly Riverfront Market along the scenic Riverfront Esplanade, then catch a Daytona Tortugas baseball game in nearby Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Plus, the Orlando metropolitan area is just an hour away by car, making Daytona Beach the perfect gateway for a tour of Central Florida and beyond.