Ready to find some new fun things to do in Daytona Beach? Learn about the history of the Daytona Beach by visiting a local museum; see and touch local, marine life; or walk the 203 steps to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse and enjoy the breathtaking view.
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the finest collection of American art in the Southeast. This diverse museum, features cultural collections ranging from Cuban to African to Chinese. In the Museum of Arts & Sciences you’ll find the noteworthy Dow Gallery of American Art, showcasing early American paintings, and antique furniture and silver. Root Museum, sponsored by the family that bottled Coca-Cola from day one, has a surreal assortment of relics from the soda’s history, including ancient vending machines and 1920s delivery vans. The museum is in inland Daytona, just east of the airport.The museum’s auditorium, planetarium, and Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum make for a truly interactive experience.
Located in the heart of the downtown historical district of Daytona Beach, since 1986 the Halifax Historical Museum has been housed in the 103 year old former Merchant’s Bank Building. The building was built in 1910 and is a destination in itself. The museum displays the history of the Halifax River and its important role in the Daytona’s history.The Halifax Historical Society was founded in 1949.
The mission of the Society is to gather, preserve, educate and present the history of the Halifax River area to the public. This museum and it’s impressive collections are one of the best kept “secrets” in the North Central Florida area.
The historic lighthouse is the tallest in Florida reaching 175 feet in to the sky. Get a workout and walk up 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tower and enjoy magnificent views of the Daytona Beach, The World’s Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and surrounding inland waterways from the lighthouse gallery deck. The area surrounding the lighthouse features a museum with local history and a gift shop.
The Marine Science Center offers an innovative learning experience where visitors can discover, enjoy and appreciate the many wonders of marine life in and around Daytona Beach.
Get your hands wet – at the stingray touch pool that features cownose stingrays, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, anemones, sea urchins, hermit crabs and many other organisms that inhabit the local waters. The Marine Science Center has a wet/dry lab, some great kid-friendly exhibits and a guided tour of the on-site turtle and seabird rehabilitation facilities.
There is a sea bird and sea turtle rehabilitation viewing area, teaching lab, nature trail and environmental exhibit gallery with guided tours. Call ahead for a guided tour.