Looking for some things to do while visiting Daytona Beach? Of course, the beautiful, white sandy beaches and the blue, sparkling Atlantic Ocean water are the draw, but if you decide to do more than hang out on the beach or by the pool relaxing, sipping your drink of choice; there is still so much to see and do in Daytona. Below are just a few ideas for local attractions to add to your fun-filled day:
Home to the Daytona 500 and other motor vehicle races. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500; the most prestigious race in Nascar. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5 miles high speed tri-oval, a 3.56 miles sports car course, a 2.95 miles motorcycle course, and a .25 miles karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track’s 180-acre infield includes the 29-acre Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The first practice was held on February 6, 1959. On February 22, 1959, 42,000 people attended the inaugural Daytona 500. When the track opened it was the fastest race track to ever host a stock car race.
Get a tour of the Daytona Speedway. Cross the very ground where Cale and Donnie waged their infamous ’79 fight. Stand in the spot where Dale Earnhardt Sr. celebrated the victory that defined a generation. Explore the garage stalls where motorsports’ most legendary crew chief tended to racing’s most iconic cars. With choices ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours, a tour at Daytona International Speedway is an experience to remember for any race fan. Or even better, experience a race first-hand.
Close to the speedway, Daytona USA is a highly-interactive motor sports-themed attraction that exemplifies the excitement of racing at Daytona International Speedway. The facility features a combination of thrilling interactive experiences, historical and current-day vehicles, and exhilarating cinematic presentations. In addition to stock cars driven by Nascar’s biggest names, highlights include the Pit-Stop Challenge (changing a tire in 16 seconds), a 30-minute tram tour of the track and pits, a 45-minute IMAX film screening throughout the day and a motion simulator ride based on the Daytona 500. Banquet facilities are available for special events and meetings for groups of up to 1,100 people.
The official minor league baseball team of Daytona Beach. The team plays in the Florida State League and the season runs from April through August. The team plays at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark; that opened in 1914, the park seats 5,100 fans.
Climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tower and enjoy magnificent views of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and surrounding inland waterways from the lighthouse gallery deck. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, this lighthouse is one of the best preserved and most authentic historic light stations in the nation today.
The lighthouse tower and museum are located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year round.
The premiere entertainment destination in Daytona, the boardwalk boasts indoor and outdoor rides and entertainment including a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and arcade. The boardwalk is also home to many shops and restaurants.
Enjoy a treetop adventure at Zoom Air Adventure Park Daytona Beach, up in the trees of Tuscawilla Park! Zoom Air’s aerial adventure courses are deftly woven into the forest of this easily accessible City of Daytona Beach park. The design of the courses is integrated with the natural environment, inspired by the trees and the flow of the terrain and flora.
Kids can burn off energy at Daytona Lagoon, beachside water park. Enjoy a tube float, a tidal-wave pool and a multilevel water playground, as well as arcade games, go-karts, laser tag, a climbing wall, an erupting volcano and a cannon blaster firing foam balls.
Daytona has many local attractions and things to do for the entire family. You’ll be sure to have a fun-filled adventure on your next vacation at Dayton Beach.