Fun for race fans, friends and families, Daytona Beach boasts resorts, attractions and the Daytona International Speedway and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Come during the Daytona 500 or spring family beach break – or any time at all. You already know about Daytona Beach’s swimming, surfing and unusual drive-along-our-beach opportunities.
But don’t forget to visit the Daytona Beach Pier, a historic attraction. Nearby are the thrill rides, the Daytona Lagoon water park and other enticements of the Boardwalk amusement area.
Here are some things to do in Daytona Beach and its surrounding area.
The 500-acre Daytona International Speedway complex, known as “The World Center of Racing,” was transformed into the world's only motorsports stadium with a $400 million upgrade, complete with luxury suites, roomier seats and cool spots to refuel. Experience the banked turns of this famous track first-hand, behind the steering wheel of a race car with NASCAR Racing Experience.
In the Daytona Beach area, you'll find family-friendly entertainment at any pace, with outdoor adventures including surfing, parasailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing or an eco-boat tour.
Rejuvenate in the surf and explore the area’s 23 miles of sandy beaches, with some set aside for pedestrians and others welcoming cars on the sand.
Catch free live music at the Daytona Beach Bandshell in the city’s Oceanfront Park on the north end of the Boardwalk amusement area. The scenic amphitheater is made of coquina shells. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and accommodates up to 5,000 people.
Celebrate Major League Baseball’s legendary “42” at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, where the famous baseball player broke segregation’s color barrier at an exhibition game. An exhibit marks the Brooklyn Dodgers’ spring training move to Daytona Beach in 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in professional baseball.
Find indoor fun at The Museum of Arts and Sciences, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum that includes a hands-on children’s area and a Planetarium show, and the largest private collection of Florida paintings in the country at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.
Just a splash south of Daytona Beach, climb the 175-foot tower to the top of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station – all 203 steps – for spectacular views of Ponce Inlet and Daytona Beach.
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