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Daytona Beach is a 23-mile
span of sand that's wide enough to walk, drive and park on. Main Street Pier and
nearby Ocean Walk Village are the focal points of beach activities and contain
concessions, arcades, water-sports equipment rentals, restaurants and shops are
all within walking distance. You can even fish from the pier.
New to the beach-front is
Ocean Walk Village, an upscale shopping and entertainment area. This Oceanside
district, rich in history, is leading the revitalization effort in the
The granite blocks paving
the walkway recount historic racing events. Most of those races were held on the
beach before the International Speedway was built in 1959.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk
Behind Ocean Avenue between
Main Street and Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach.
Step back in time and enjoy the old-fashioned arcades, then test your driving
skills at the mini go-cart track. VisitÂ the souvenir shops for fascinating
trinkets and souvenirs. Main Street Pier is a beach landmark. Brightly colored
cable cars run along the pier. There is musical entertainment at the historic,
sun-washed oceanfront Bandshell, which hosts open-air live musical acts, from
reggae bands to pops-style band music, from April to December.Â Call for more
information on the Bandshell Concert Series
Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International
Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
(386) 253-7223. Toll-free
Daily 9 am-6 pm. Fees vary by activity.
This 2.5-mi/4-km track is home to the Daytona 500, Pepsi 400 and several other
major events sanctioned by NASCAR, which is headquartered in Daytona Beach. When
there is no racing, the visitorsâ€™ center offers guided tram tours of the track.
The Daytona USA attraction has NASCAR history exhibits as well as several
interactive activities, including Daytona Dreamlap:Â a wild simulator ride based
on the Daytona 500 race.Â Check out the Richard Petty Ride-Along. You can ride
in a stock car for a few laps around this world-famous race course for a fee.Â
With proper instruction, you can even drive the course yourself.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm,
Sunday noon-5 pm. Admission charged.
The only portrait of
Argentinaâ€™s Eva Peron painted while she was alive is housed in this interesting
and diverse museum. Among its permanent exhibits are collections of art from
China, Africa and Cuba. There is also anÂ extensive fossil record of Floridaâ€™s
Pleistocene mammals (included are a rare elephant and a 13-foot-tall giant
ground sloth). Changing exhibits too. The museum operates a planetarium and
maintains a sculpture garden.
Marine Science Center at Lighthouse Point Park
100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce
Saturday, 9-5 pm, Friday 9 am-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 .
Nestled in Lighthouse Park, amidst nature trails and a boardwalk, the Marine
Science Center displays wonders of the aquatic world. Explore the 5,000-gallon
artificial reef aquarium, interactive displays and a wet-dry lab. The museum
highlight is the sea turtle rehabilitation program.
Bulow Plantation Ruins State
Old Dixie Highway north of
Open daily 9 -5 . Admission
charged per vehicle.
Explore the peaceful grounds of a plantation and sugar mill, founded in 1821 and
destroyed during the Seminole Indian War. Visit the ruins and open-air museum
and hike nature trails.
Ocean Walk Village
If youâ€™re visiting Beach Front Park, this lively shopping and entertainment
center is a refreshing experience. Ocean Walk Village offers restaurants, a
margarita and fajita bar and the best mai tais outside of Hawaii. If youâ€™re
hungry, grab a bite at Bubba Gumpâ€™s Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market. For a sweet
treat, try their gumpberry cobbler. The Village also includes Cold Stone
Creamery, Starbucks, a Harley Davidson storefront and a 10-screen, all-stadium
movie theater. 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
This shopping center offers a variety of desirable shopping and dining options.
Parking is free. 300 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Phone 386-671-3272.
25 Riverside Drive, Ormond
Free admission, donations
Guided tours Monday-Friday 10 am-2:30 pm, Saturday 10-11:30 am. Museum opens 9
am Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Wander freely through the first and second floors of the former winter home of
John D. Rockefeller, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here
youâ€™ll discover eclectic assortments of museum quality items. The Casements isÂ
a cultural center for Ormond Beach, offering classes, exhibits, events and a
Ponce de Leon Inlet
Ponce Inlet, Florida
Â (386) 761-1821.
Open daily. Summer hours
(Memorial Day-Labor Day) 10 am-9 pm, final entry 8 pm. Admission charged.
Rising from the scenic fishing village of Ponce Inlet is the second tallest
brick lighthouse in the U.S. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a National
Historic Landmark. Visitors can climb the 230 spiraling stairs to reach the
lighthouse gallery and a stunning view of the inlet.
Lighthouse Park at Ponce
Open daily 6 am-9 pm.
Admission chargedÂ per vehicle.
After visiting the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse south of town, head to
neighboring Lighthouse Point Park and enjoy the peaceful beauty of this 52-acre
preserve. Stroll down nature trails or visit the beaches. There are two: one
solely for people and the other specifically for the family canine members.
Daytona Beach is known as
the best sports beach around. Local rental companies make many choices possible:
Rent an all-terrain vehicle,
a bicycle or a surfboard.
Several charter boats offer
deep-sea fishing trips, and parasailing is available.
You can also water ski,
windsurf and ride Jet Skis. Popular surf clinics are available through local
Nearly 20 golf courses
surround the city, including the Indigo Lakes Golf Course, considered among the
best in the state. Moreover, Daytona Beach is home to the Ladies Professional
Golfing Association. LPGA International features two public 18-hole golf courses
and a three-hole golf academy.
Arts and Entertainment
Seaside Music Theatre
Two locations: 176 Beach St.
and 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
(386) 252-6200. Toll free
Daytona Beachâ€™s only
professional theater offers entertaining musical shows. Productions are staged
in the summer and winter months and feature a full-pit orchestra. Intimate plays
and musical revues are the fare in the winter season, while summer brings five
musicals and a childrenâ€™s production.