Insiders Guide to Daytona Beach

While many visitors come to Daytona to fulfill their need for speed, insiders know this world-famous locale also offers miles of stunning beaches, hundreds of restaurants, and an endless lineup of attractions, making it a perfect place to return to year after year.

Race fans across the globe fly in to Daytona Beach each year to partake in the fun and festivities of the Daytona 500. However, if you really want an adrenaline-pumping experience, climb in the driver’s seat at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. If you’re up for a little two-wheeled action, you’ll feel right at home amongst the nearly one million visitors who flock to Daytona annually to experience its world-famous motorcycle festivals.

Grab a towel, put on some sunscreen, and pick an ideal spot along Daytona’s 23 miles of scenic beaches, where you can layout in the sun, run in the sand, splash in the waves, fish, and even drive. For the best views of the “world’s most famous beach,” try your hand at parasailing, rent a catamaran or boat, or paddleboard in the serene waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. If you’re new to surfing but want to get your stoke on, the Pure Life Surf School is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to learn to surf together and create lifelong memories.

Daytona Beach is a terrific family-friendly destination that offers an endless array of activities for people of all ages. For a day of sun-soaked family fun, the Daytona Lagoon Waterpark, featuring a towering 62-foot slide, will not disappoint. Any budding sports agents in the family can check out up and coming bat and ball talent at one of the Daytona Cubs home games.

If you want to experience the best views of Daytona’s beautiful natural treasures, eco-adventures abound. Immerse yourself into the wonders of the sea at the Marine Science Center. Or, jump on board a glass bottom boat for a guided tour of the Intracoastal’s resident manatees. For a more low key sightseeing adventure, take a bike ride along the nature trail lining the beautiful Halifax River for a day excursion with stops at numerous parks along the way, including the majestic Tomoka State Park.

The Daytona Beach arts and culture scene is as plentiful as it is diverse. The Daytona Beach Symphony Society attracts opera performers, dancers, and orchestras from all around the world. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences houses world-class art all year long. As one of the largest photography museums in the world, the Southeast Museum of Photography offers hours of viewing enjoyment. If that wasn’t enough, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, which is a national landmark and the tallest lighthouse in Florida, is well worth the trek simply to take in the awe-inspiring views.

Daytona Beach also features over 400 restaurants, providing a robust array of tastes sure to please every palate. If in search of a lively atmosphere, historic downtown Daytona Beach is home to over 50 restaurants and shops, a unique café-style movie theatre, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center all nestled along the scenic Riverfront Park.

For a spectacular riverfront dining experience, Aunt Catfish’s On the River offers up fresh seafood straight from the docks. If in the mood for a fine dining experience, Rose Villa in neighboring Ormond Beach is located within a beautifully restored Victorian building and serves up 5-star dishes day and night.

Come experience Daytona Beach today, and see for yourself why this beachside locale is famous the world over. From the moment you arrive, the friendly atmosphere, sea breezes, and endless activities will have you counting the days until your return.

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