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Info Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It lies about 51 miles (82.1 km) northeast of Orlando, 86 miles (138.4 km) southeast of Jacksonville, and 242 miles (389.5 km) northwest of Miami. In the 2010 U.S. Census, it had a population of 61,005. It is a principal city of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, which was home to 590,289 people in 2010. Daytona Beach is also a principal city of the Fun Coast region of Florida.
The city is historically known for its beach where the hard-packed sand allows motorized vehicles to drive on the beach in restricted areas. This hard-packed sand made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, and the old Daytona Beach Road Course hosted races for over 50 years. This was replaced in 1959 by Daytona International Speedway. The city is also the headquarters for NASCAR.
Daytona Beach hosts large groups of out-of-towners that descend upon the city for various events, notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. Other events include the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race in July, Bike Week in early March, Biketoberfest in late October, and the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race in January.
|POPULATION :||• City 61,005|
• Urban 349,064 (109th, U.S.)
• Metro 609,939 (90th, U.S.)
• CSA 3,045,707 (20th, U.S.)
|FOUNDED :||Founded 1870|
Incorporated July 1876
|TIME ZONE :||Time zone EST (UTC-5)|
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
|AREA :||• City 63.78 sq mi (165.2 km2)|
• Land 58.41 sq mi (151.3 km2)
• Water 5.37 sq mi (13.9 km2)
• Urban 190.65 sq mi (493.8 km2)
|ELEVATION :||13 ft (4 m)|
|COORDINATES :||29°11′24″N 81°5′22″W|
|SEX RATIO :|
|AREA CODE :||386|
|POSTAL CODE :||32114-32126, 32198|
|DIALING CODE :|
Daytona Beach, famous as the "World Center of Racing" and home of NASCAR, is part of the East Central Florida greater metropolitan area. Daytona Beach is the best known of the seven area communities. Although the wide 23-mile (37 km) stretch of white sandy beach is still the biggest attraction here, with over 8 million visitors flocking to the area every year, the metro area is rapidly changing from event Mecca to family oriented resort destination. Historical sites like the Main Street Pier, the Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Clocktower in Oceanfront Park add to the appeal of this exciting city.
The area where Daytona Beach is today was once inhabited by the indigenous Timucuan Indians who lived in fortified villages. The Timucuas were nearly exterminated by contact with Europeans through war, enslavement and disease and became extinct as a racial entity through assimilation and attrition during the 18th century. The Seminole Indians, descendants of Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama, frequented the area prior to the Second Seminole War.
During the era of British rule of Florida between 1763 and 1783, the King's Road passed through present-day Daytona Beach. The road extended from St. Augustine, the capital of East Florida, to Andrew Turnbull's experimental colony in New Smyrna. In 1804 Samuel Williams received a land grant of 3,000 acres (12 km2) from the Spanish Crown, which had regained Florida from the British after the American Revolution. This land grant encompassed the area that would become Daytona Beach. Williams built a slave-labor-based plantation to grow cotton, rice and sugar cane. His son Samuel Hill Williams would abandon the plantation during the Second Seminole War, when the Seminoles burned it to the ground.
In 1871, Mathias Day, Jr. of Mansfield, Ohio, purchased a 2,144.5 acre tract of the former Williams Plantation, on the west bank of the tidal channel known as the Halifax River. He built a hotel around which the initial section of town, today the Daytona Beach Historic District, arose. In 1872, due to financial troubles, Day lost title to his land; nonetheless, residents decide to name the city Daytona in his honor, and incorporated the town in 1876.
In 1886, the St. Johns & Halifax River Railway arrived in Daytona. The line would be purchased in 1889 by Henry M. Flagler, who made it part of his Florida East Coast Railway. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach, Kingston, and Seabreeze merged as "Daytona Beach" in 1926, at the urging of civic leader J.B. Kahn and others. By the 1920s, it was dubbed "The World's Most Famous Beach".
Daytona's wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle races beginning in 1902, as pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. It hosted land speed record attempts beginning in 1904, when William K. Vanderbilt set an unofficial record of 92.307 mph (148.554 km/h). Land speed racers from Barney Oldfield to Henry Seagrave to Malcolm Campbell would visit Daytona repeatedly and make the 23 mi (37 km) beach course famous. Record attempts, including numerous fatal endeavors such as Frank Lockhart (Stutz Black Hawk, 1926) and Lee Bible (Triplex Special, 1929), would continue until Campbell's March 7, 1935 effort, which set the record at 276.816 mph (445.492 km/h) and marked the end of Daytona's land speed racing days.
On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course, located in the present-day Town of Ponce Inlet. In 1958, William France Sr.and NASCAR created the Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course. Automobiles are still permitted on most areas of the beach, at a maximum speed of 10 mph (16 km/h).
The city of Daytona Beach sits on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and is split in two by the Halifax River. It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona, and Port Orange.
Daytona Beach has a very humid subtropical climate typical for a city in the southeastern United States. Summers are hot and humid with highs usually in the 90s (32+°C)and a heat index often exceeding 100°F (38°C). Thunderstorms are frequent in summer afternoons and the hot, humid weather can last through the fall months. Winters are dry and mild, marked by a constant series of cold fronts followed by warmer air. In wintertime, temperatures dip into the low 40s and upper 30s (5°C) on occasion, although freezes are rare. Frost occurs a few times a year mainly in the inland areas. Snowfall is extremely rare: the last time snow flurries fell on Daytona Beach was in January 2003. Temperatures in spring are famously pleasant with warm afternoons, cool evenings, and far less humidity. This beautiful weather usually attracts tourists back to the beaches by early March.
Climate data for Daytona Beach, Florida
|Record high °F (°C)||92|
|Average high °F (°C)||68.4|
|Daily mean °F (°C)||57.9|
|Average low °F (°C)||47.3|
|Record low °F (°C)||15|
Daytona Beach is located at 29°12′N 81°2′W (29.2073, −81.0379). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 64.93 sq mi (168 km2). of which 58.68 sq mi (152 km2) is land and 6.25 sq mi (16 km2) is water. Water is 9.6% of the total area.
The city of Daytona Beach is split in two by the Halifax River lagoon, part of theIntracoastal Waterway, and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores,South Daytona and Port Orange.
A major part of the Daytona Beach area economy is involved in the tourist industry. Over 8 million visitors came to the Daytona Beach area in 2004.
The area's economy includes other industries besides tourism, such as manufacturing. Daytona Beach has industrial sites within an enterprise zoneand sites within a foreign trade zone adjacent to Daytona Beach International Airport. Prime Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 sites are available with access to road, air, rail and water transportation.
Companies and organizations that have their corporate headquarters or a major presence in the area:
- Brown & Brown
- Halifax Health
- Halifax Media Group
- International Speedway Corporation
- Gambro-Renal Products
- Ladies Professional Golf Association
- Volusia Mall, 1700 West International Speedway Blvd. The largest shopping mall in Daytona Beach. Anchored by Sears, J. C. Penney, Macy's, and Dillard's.
- Ocean Walk Shoppes, 250 North Atlantic Ave. Open-air shopping center, located in the heart of the beach area.
Seven digit dialing is in effect for local calls in the Daytona Beach area. The local area code is 386. For calls within the U.S. or Canada, dial "1+area code+number". There are some public pay phones scattered around the city, but they are becoming increasingly rare with the predominance of cell phones. It is not safe to assume you will be able to find a pay phone at any given time.
All ZIP codes in the city of Daytona Beach begin with 321.
It is common for many of the larger hotels and lodgings in the area to offer some sort of internet access for their guests.
- Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1900 W International Speedway Blvd, +1 386 238-1118. Charge for internet access.
- Starbucks Coffee, 2429 N Atlantic Ave (Bellair Plaza), +1 386 672-1203. Free internet access for customers.
Public libraries in the area offer free computer internet access to Volusia County residents. There is a small charge for non-residents.
- City Island Library Center, cnr of International Speedway Blvd and Beach St, +1 386 257-6036 [www].
Prices in Daytona Beach
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$1.85|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$11.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$23.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$40.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$6.70|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$4.20|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$3.50|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$9.00|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.08|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$6.00|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$2.80|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$32.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$73.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$|
70 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
247 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
You can fly into Daytona Beach International Airport (IATA:DAB), which is located adjacent to the Daytona Speedway and is served by American Airlines,Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue. Other airports nearby are Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO) or Jacksonville International (IATA:JAX), both of which are approximately an hour away.
Orlando-Sanford International Airport (IATA: SFB) is about 30 miles (48 km) west of the city in Sanford. Several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast, land here. If you are flying Allegiant Air from within the U.S. or Icelandair from Iceland, you will land at Sanford Airport.
Amtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus in Sanford. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into Daytona after departing from the Auto Train.
Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being near the city of DeLand. This stop is rather remote and is not recommended as an option.
Daytona Beach is served by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has a terminal at 138 South Ridgewood Avenue (U.S.-1). The Greyhound routes from Daytona Beach connect with hubs in Jacksonville and Orlando.
Daytona Beach is easily accessible by interstate I-95 which runs north and south and I-4 (east-west) which connects Daytona Beach with Orlando and Tampa. U.S. Highway 1 (north-south) (Ridgewood Avenue) also passes through Daytona Beach. A1A (north-south) is a scenic route along the beach.
Daytona Beach is not a major port, however, it is accessible by private boats via the Intracoastal Waterway, from both the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean. Refueling services are available at the Daytona Marina.
Transportation - Get Around
Getting around by car is very easy and convenient in Daytona Beach. The major roads are all wide and easy to drive on with all the major areas signposted, but traffic jams around major intersections are common in the afternoons and around the tourist areas on Saturday nights.
The main tourism area is A1A, also known as Atlantic Avenue, a strip of road that runs parallel to the beach for 23 miles (37 km). During major NASCAR races, International Speedway Boulevard gets congested near the racetrack and traffic patterns on other surrounding roads are altered to accommodate the extra traffic. During major motorcycle events, Main Street and Beach Street as well as most of A1A and U.S. Highway 1 experience heavy traffic or are closed. I-95 around exit 273 is also extremely busy during motorcycle rallies.
All major car rental companies are located in or near the Daytona Beach International Airport.
If you are coming to Daytona Beach for a motorcycle rally, you will probably want to rent a motorcycle instead of a car. If you don't have one already, you should reserve one well in advance of the major biker rallies.
- Daytona Harley Davidson, 290 North Beach St, .
- VOTRAN, . VOTRAN is the name of the Volusia County bus service, which connects to Daytona Beach International Airport. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. A one-day VOTRAN bus pass costs $3. $3.00.
- Transfer Plaza, Bethune Blvd and N Palmetto Ave.
- Intermodal Transit Facility (inside Volusia County Parking Garage), 701 Earl St at N Atlantic Ave.
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When the weather pushes you off the beach or you simply need to find a cool space for the few hottest hours, Daytona offers shops to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Here are some suggestions:
- Arlequin Antiques & Art, 122 South Beach St., . Antique shop with art work, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and gift items.
- Carousel Antiques & Art, 110 North Beach St., . Antique shop with art work, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and gift items.
- Nicole's Beach Street Mall, 140 North Beach St., . 10AM-5PM.Antiques Mall with 50 dealers and 14,000 square feet.
When the weather pushes you off the beach or you simply need to find a cool space for the few hottest hours, Daytona offers shops to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Here are some suggestions:
- Bellair Plaza, 2501 North Atlantic Ave (Beachside). Bellair Plaza is a 350,000 sq. ft. open air shopping center, anchored by Bealls, Dollar Tree, GNC Nutrition, Publix, Ruby Tuesday, and Walgreens.
- Daytona Beach Flea Market, 2987 Bellevue Ave (Mainland). Each weekend (F-Su) the flea market opens its stalls to sell anything and everything including jewelry, produce, clothing, sports equipment and toys. Free parking and admission. This is a must-see: one of the largest and most highly rated flea markets in the country!
- Daytona Promenade, 1441 S. Nova Road (Mainland). Daytona Promenade is a 156,745 sq. ft. open air shopping center with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, including Bright House Networks, Family Dollar Store, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Planet Fitness, Wells Fargo Bank.
- Downtown Daytona at Riverfront Marketplace, Beach Street (Mainland). A lovely group of shops, restaurants and museums that line Beach Street and the surrounding streets in downtown Daytona Beach. Some places to visit include Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Mandala Books, Davidson Brothers Indian River Fruit and Daytona Harley Davidson.
- Daytona Shopping Center (formerly Daytona Mall), 108 North Nova Road (Mainland).224,000 sq. ft. shopping center, anchored by Aarons, Appliance Direct, Family Dollar, Jackson Hewitt, Save-a-Lot, and several local stores.
- Holly Hill Shopping Center, 1523-1595 North Nova Road (Mainland). Holly Hill Shopping Center is a 116,096 sq. ft. shopping center, anchored by Family Dollar Store, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Papa Johns Pizza, Rent A Center, Winn Dixie Supermarket, and several local merchants.
- Holly Hill Plaza, 852 North Nova Road (Mainland). Holly Hill Plaza is a 252,345 sq. ft. shopping center, anchored by Big Lots, CVS pharmacy, Dollar General, and several local merchants.
- Masonova Commerce Park, 1023-1067 Mason Ave (Mainland). Masonova Commerce Park is a 158,667 sq. ft. shopping center, anchored by Haines & Smith Furniture and several local merchants.
- Ocean Walk Shoppes, 250 N. Atlantic Ave (Beachside). Open-air shopping center, with 109,110 sq. ft. of retail space on three floors. Located in the heart of the beach area, offering a mix of national, regional, and local merchants.
- The Shoppes at Beville, 1500 Beville Road (Mainland). The Shoppes at Beville, is a 100,000 sq. ft. shopping center with a strong mix of national, regional, and local merchants, anchored by Bank of America, Publix, Walgreens, Powerhouse Gym, and Tarafuku Restaurant.
- Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd (Mainland). You simply can't miss this major regional mall with over 1 sq. mi. of retail space, anchored by Sears, JC Penny, Macy's, Dillards and over 160 other stores and a dozen of Food Court restaurants.
- Volusia Point, 1808 W. International Speedway Blvd (Mainland). Volusia Point is a 75,386 sq. ft. shopping center with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, including Cartridge World, Cycle Gear, H&R Block, Jersey Mike's Subs, Marshalls, Oreck Vacuums, Plato's Closet, Play It Again Sports, Ruby Tuesday, Smoothie King.
- Volusia Square, 2455 W. International Speedway Blvd (Mainland). Volusia Square is a 228,139-square-foot shopping center consisting of a mix of national, regional and local tenants, including Hobby Lobby, HH Gregg, TJ Maxx, Dollar Tree, Bealls Outlet and Pier 1 Imports.
There are countless gift shops along the beach drive, Florida Route A1A (Atlantic Avenue) where you can buy souvenir shirts, beach wear, surfing gear, tacky gifts, etc.
- Cruisin Cafe Bar & Grill, 2 S Atlantic Ave (Beachside), . Lunch & Dinner Daily. American Cuisine (Burgers). Casual attire. Atmosphere and decor with racing theme.
- Dancing Avocado Kitchen, 110 S Beach St. (Mainland; Riverfront Marketplace), . M-Sa 8AM-4PM. Vegetarian cuisine. Casual attire.
- Earl Street Grill, 715 Earl St (Beachside), . 8AM-2PM Daily.American cuisine. Casual attire.
- Gateway Restaurant, 219 E International Speedway Blvd. (Beachside), . 7AM-2PM Daily. American & Greek Cuisine. Casual attire.
- Molly Hatchet's Subs, 126 S Atlantic Ave (Beachside), . 11AM-11:59PM Daily. American Cuisine (Sandwiches/Subs). Casual attire.
- Pho Saigon, 312 S Peninsula Dr (Beachside), . 11AM-9PM Daily. Vietnamese Cuisine. Casual attire.
- Rhokkoh's Frozen Yogurt, 200 N Beach St (Mainland; Riverfront Marketplace),. 1PM-10PM Daily. Desserts/Ice Cream Cuisine. Casual attire.
- Starlite Diner, 401 N Atlantic Ave (Beachside), . 7AM-10PM Daily. American Cuisine. Casual attire.
- Angell and Phelps Cafe, 154 S Beach St, . Cafe. Chocolate Factory tours M-F.
- Genes Steak House, 3674 W International Speedway Blvd, .Steaks.
- Neelam Indian Cuisine, 318 S Atlantic Ave, . Indian cuisine.
- Pasha Middle East Foods, 919 W International Speedway Blvd, .Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, 501 Seabreeze Blvd, .
- Zen Bistro, 112 Bay Street, Daytona Beach, .
- Anna's Trattoria Italian, 304 Seabreeze Blvd. (Beachside), .Italian Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- Caribbean Jack's, 721 Ballough Rd. (Mainland), . 11AM-10PM Daily. American, Caribbean, and Seafood Cuisine; Casual attire. Scenic dining on the Halifax River.
- Chart House, 1100 Marina Point Drive (Mainland), . 4:30PM-9:30PM. Steak and Seafood Cuisine; Scenic dining overlooking the Halifax River and Marina. Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- Chez Paul, 940 N Beach St. (Mainland; Riverfront Marketplace), . Wed.-Sat., Dinner Only.. French & Italian Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- Gene's Steak House, 3674 W International Speedway Blvd. (Mainland; West of I-95), . 5PM-10PM, Tu-Sa. Closed Su-Mo. American, Steakhouse Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- Rendez-Vous European Bistro & Wine Bar, 1500 W. International Speedway Blvd.(Mainland), . Lunch & Dinner Daily. French Cuisine; Reservations recommended. Smart casual.
- Ronin Sushi & Saki Bar, 111 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Mainland), . 5PM-10PM Daily. Japanese, Sushi Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- Rossellini's Restaurant & Lounge, 136 S Atlantic Ave (Beachside), . 5PM-10PM Daily. Italian Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
- ScuttleButtS Pub Restaurant, 114 S Beach St. (Mainland; Riverfront Marketplace), . Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Daily. American Cuisine; Casual attire.
- Teak Restaurant & Bar, 1010 Main St. (Beachside), . Lunch & Dinner Daily. Italian Cuisine; Casual attire.
- The Cellar Restaurant, 220 Magnolia Ave. (Mainland; Burgoyne Shopping Center), . 5PM-10PM, Tu-Su; Closed Mondays. Italian Cuisine; Reservations recommended. Smart casual.
- Vince Carter's, 2150 LPGA Boulevard (Mainland), . 11AM-11PM Daily. American, Steakhouse Cuisine; Reservations accepted. Smart casual.
Sights & Landmarks
- Seaside Music Theater, 221 N Beach St, . A great place to catch a play or musical, it has been a part of Daytona Beach for 30 years.
- Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery, 698 W International Speedway Blvd, . Offers performances of Broadway musicals, operas, and symphonies.
- News-Journal Center, 221 N Beach St, .
- Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd, . Home of the London Symphony Orchestra on tour; the Daytona Beach Symphony Society; and the Daytona Beach Civic Ballet.
- Daytona Beach Bandshell, Earl St, . Live performances on a beachside stadium.
- Sun Splash County Park, 611 S Atlantic Ave. Sunrise-Sunset. Sun Splash Park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and a Coca-Cola-sponsored "cool zone." The four-acre facility also provides 95 off-beach parking spaces. Free.
- Robert Strickland Shooting Range (County), 1180 Indian Lake Rd, . Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. The Robert Strickland Shooting Range is built to National Rifle Association standards. It includes a state-of-the-art baffling and berm system to ensure shooter safety and avoid stray bullets. $5/day, $50/semi-annual, $80/annual.
- Bethune Point Park, 11 Bellevue Ave.
- City Island Park.
- Colins Park.
- Daisy Stocking Park (The Bandshell).
- Derbyshire Park.
- Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
- Tuscawilla Park.
- J. Saxton LLoyd Riverfront Park.
- Shangri-La Mini Park.
- Samuel Butts Youth Archaeological Park & Recreational Trail.
- Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats - The Wildcats play baseball at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
- Daytona State College Falcons - The Falcons compete in five Division I NJCAA sports including Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball and Women's Golf.
- Daytona Tortugas, E Orange Ave, . The Cincinnati Reds' affiliate in the Florida State League plays at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles - The Eagles baseball team plays on campus at Silwa Stadium. The Eagles basketball and volleyball play on campus at the ICI Center. There is also the Eagles Soccer team and Eagles Tennis team.
Statues and Monuments
- Dale Earnhardt Sr. Statue, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd. (In front of Daytona International Speedway). Sunrise to Sunset. Daytona Beach's version of the "Rocky" statue, representing the late NASCAR driver who won the 1998 Daytona 500 Race. Earnhardt died while racing here in 2001. Free.
- Daytona 200 Motorcycle Race Memorial, 65 Boardwalk (approximate) (Daisy Stocking Park). Sunrise to Sunset. Memorial to the Daytona 200 Motorcycle Race, which started on the beach in 1937. A large black marker in the center is surrounded by a plaza with smaller markers and paver bricks. Free.
- Daytona Beach Clocktower, 60 Boardwalk (approximate) (Daisy Stocking Park).Sunrise to Sunset. A memorial to Sir Malcolm Campbell and the Racing Time Trials that were held on the beach, near this location. A plaque dedicated to Campbell is at the base of the Clocktower. Free.
- Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Park, 155 North Beach Street (Riverfront Park).Sunrise to Sunset. Daytona Beach's Memorial to veterans of all wars. Small plaza in Riverfront Park with various markers and plaques. Free.
- Wright Flyer Sculpture, 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jack Hunt Library). Sunrise to Sunset. A life-size sculpture of the Wright Brothers plane that was made by artist Larry Godwin. It sits parked in front of the Jack Hunt Memorial Library at the Embry-Riddle University Campus. Free.
Museums & Galleries
- Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S Nova Rd, . The museum hosts traveling exhibitions and has galleries in its permanent collection featuring Chinese, African and Cuban art, and the most complete fossil record discovered in Florida, highlighted by a 13-foot skeleton of a Giant Ground Sloth. A planetarium is also on-site featuring laser concerts and educational shows. The museum also hosts a very active line-up of programs and events for every interest and age group.
- Halifax Historical Museum, 252 S Beach St, . Located downtown in the former Merchants Bank building, the museum highlights the history of the Daytona Beach area with exhibits on local lifestyle and influential people. Some exhibits include a portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University, and a look at the resort hotels that once graced the beachfront.
- Southeast Museum of Photography, 1200 W International Speedway Blvd, . Located at Daytona State College in the new state of the art Mori Hosseini Hospitality Center, the Southeast Museum of Photography features collections from various local and world-renowned artists.
Things to do
Daytona Beach is dominated by motorsports and Daytona International Speedway. The main artery that passes by the racetrack was even renamed from "Volusia Avenue" to "International Speedway Boulevard."
- Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, toll-free: . This NASCAR superspeedway has a seating capacity for 168,000 spectators. It hosts motor vehicle races of various kinds, including stock cars, sports cars, modified pickup trucks, motorcycles (on and off road), and go-karts. The facility also includes a road course and an infield, including Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The track is also used for an annual spring car show and swap meet, and a Thanksgiving street rod meet, some of the largest of their kind; as well as various races around the track, as there have been three different layouts.
- Daytona Speedweeks - The group of races held at Daytona International Speedway the first two weeks of February are known as Daytona Speedweeks.
- Rolex 24 Hour Race (24 Hours of Daytona) - An annual endurance race for sports cars, sanctioned by the Grand American Sports Car organization. The race is held on the road course track configuration. The race is usually held late in January or the first weekend of February as the first race of Daytona Speedweeks. The race date is adjusted year-to-year to not conflict with the date of the NFL Superbowl.
- Daytona ARCA 200 - 200-mile stock car race, sponsored by the Automobile Racing Club of America. Usually held on the second weekend of Daytona Speedweeks, and a week before the Daytona 500 race.
- Budweiser Shootout - A NASCAR preseason 75-lap race held the weekend before the Daytona 500. The race offers no points to the drivers but a large purse is offered for the winner. Usually a narrow selection of drivers is invited to compete in the Bud Shootout.
- Gatorade Duel 125s - Twin qualifying races, usually held on Thursday before the Daytona 500 Race. Half the qualifying cars compete in each 125 race to determine field position in the big race.
- Chevy Silverado 250 - The first race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (formerly the Craftsman Truck Series) is held Friday night prior to the Daytona 500.
- Camping World 300 - The first race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) is held Saturday afternoon or night, before the day of the Daytona 500.
- Daytona 500 Race - Heralded as The Great American Race, this is usually the final race of Daytona Speedweeks and is the first points race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; usually held on the Sunday prior to President's Day every year. President's Day is the rain date.
- Other Events:
- Daytona 200 - A series of motorcycle races (AMA Superbike and AMA Formula Xtreme), sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. Race dates usually coincide with Daytona Beach Bike Week.
- Brumos Porsche 250 (formerly the Paul Revere 250) - A 250-mile sports car race, sanctioned by the Grand American Sports Car series. The date of running this race has varied in the past, but it is usually held late at night the Thursday before the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race.
- Winn-Dixie 250 - A NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) race, usually held the Friday night before the Coke Zero 400 race.
- Coke Zero 400 (formerly the Pepsi 400 and the Firecracker 400) - NASCAR Sprint Cup race held the first Saturday night of July.
- Fall Cycle Scene - A series of Motorcycle races, sponsored by the Championship Cup Series, the American Sportbike Racing Association, and the Suntrust MOTO-ST series. Dates coincide with the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest event.
- Turkey Run - A classic car show usually held over a period of four days during Thanksgiving weekend.
- Daytona 500 Experience, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, . Interactive motorsports attraction located at Daytona International Speedway. Offers speedway tours, a historical museum, racing simulators, pit stop demonstrations and more.
- Daytona Beach Kennel Club, 960 S Williamson Blvd, . Offers live Greyhound racing along with simulcast Greyhound, Thoroughbred, Harness, and Jai-Alai wagering from premier tracks around the country. Poker Room features 7-Card Stud, Hold Em, 5-Card Stud. Also features Cabaret Deli and Pavilion Clubhouse Restaurant.
- Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl St, . Daytona Lagoon Water Park and Family Entertainment Center offers hours of splash-filled fun and games for the entire company, youth group or party, offering miniature golf, go-karts, lazer tag, and more.
- The Boardwalk
- Main Street Pier
- Air Florida Helicopter Rides
- Ocean Walk Movies 10, 250 N Atlantic Ave (Ocean Walk Shoppes), .
The Halifax Harbor Marina is on Beach Street, and is the departure point for several boat cruises along the Halifax River.
- A Tiny Cruise Line, 401 S Beach St, . Take a tour down the Halifax River discovering the history of the river and the sites on each shore. A lovely way to see some places not visible from the road.
Fishing boat charters usually originate from nearby Ponce Inlet or New Smyrna Beach.
- Volusia County Fishing and Hunting License Division, 250 N Beach St, . Fishing licenses can be purchased at Volusia County tag and tax office or at area fish camps, Walmart, K-Mart, hardware and sporting goods stores. Florida residents do not need a fishing license to fish from the beach as long they are in no more than three feet of water. Anglers may purchase licenses on the phone by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA.
There are many golf courses in Daytona Beach and the surrounding area. Among them:
- Daytona Beach City Golf Course, 600 Wilder Blvd, . Two 18-hole courses (North and South), Pro Shop, restaurant.
- Indigo Lakes Golf Club, 312 Indigo Dr, . Offers an 18-hole championship golf course, Pro Shop, Clubhouse.
- LPGA International Golf Course, 1030 Champions Dr, . Offers two 18-hole championship golf courses (named Champions and Legends), Pro Shop, Clubhouse
- City Island Tennis Complex, 115 E Orange Ave (City Island Park), . Features six hard tennis courts with lighting. Call to reserve. Free
- USTA Florida Tennis Center, 1 Deuce Ct (LPGA Boulevard), .Premier Tennis Center for the USTA in Florida. The USTA and Greater Volusia Tennis League hold matches at this center. Open to the public when not used for matches. Features 24 clay courts. Call for times and fees.
- Ocean Center, 101 N Atlantic Ave, . The largest (225,000 sq ft) event and convention arena in the Greater Daytona Beach area. Hosts the area's major conventions, trade shows, concerts, and indoor sports events. Located across the street from the Daytona Hilton and Ocean Walk resort hotels.
- Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, . In addition to hosting major sporting events throughout the year, Daytona International Speedway hosts many corporate parties, conventions and meetings.
Festivals and events
- Bike Week. Annual Motorcycle Rally, usually held around the first ten days of March, sponsored by the Daytona Beach-Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce. Traffic during this event tends to be horrible, particularly in the areas of Main Street and Beach Street. The Daytona 200 Motorcycle race is held at Daytona International Speedway during Bike Week as well.
- Biketoberfest. Annual Motorcycle Rally, usually held the week immediately following Columbus Day in October, sponsored by The Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Usually on a smaller scale than the March Bike Week, however the event appears to draw more participants every year.
- WinterJam. Annual 4-day Vdubs, Sports & Musis Fest. Usually held the 3rd week in February, the week immediately following Race Week & the weekend before Daytona Bike Week. The festival has 14 events at 7 unique venues including 3 VW shows, 3 action sport events, 3 parties, nav rallies, vendors & more!
Pubs and Lounges
- Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main St., . Biker bar.
- Daytona Ale House, 2610 W. International Speedway Blvd., .Casual neighborhood tavern, with food and pool tables.
- Dirty Harry's Pub, 705 Main St., . Biker bar.
- Froggy's Saloon, 800 Main St., . Biker bar.
- Main Street Station, 316 Main St., . Biker bar.
- Oasis Tiki Bar & Grill, 313 South Atlantic Ave. (Inside Fountain Beach Resort), . Offers food and drinks; smoking permitted at outside tiki bar.
- Oyster Pub, 555 Seabreeze Blvd., . Popular sports bar.
- McK's Tavern, 218 South Beach St., . Popular neighborhood tavern.
- Robbie O'Connell's Pub, 550 Seabreeze Blvd., . Irish pub with darts, shuffleboard. Smoking permitted.
- Savoy Daytona, 546 Seabreeze Blvd., . 8PM-2AM. Gay/Lesbian bar.
- The Lucky Rooster Pub & Eatery, 821 Main Street, . Pub and Restaurant on Main Street.
- Tir Na Nog, 612 E. International Speedway Blvd., . Irish pub with live music.
- Bank & Blues Club, 701 Main St., . Dance club, featuring Blues and Rock music.
- Bonkerz Comedy Club, 2500 N Atlantic Ave. (Inside La Playa Resort & Suites),. Comedy club for adults.
- Diamond Dolls Lounge, 301 Madison Ave., . 7PM-3AM.Gentleman's Club
- Lollipops Lounge, 643 North Grandview Ave., . Gentleman's club
- Frank's Front Row, 308 Seabreeze Blvd., . Club/Lounge featuring local live bands.
- Molly Brown's Lounge, 542 Seabreeze Blvd., . 8PM-3AM.Gentleman's club
- Ocean Deck, 127 South Ocean Ave., . Dance club featuring Reggae music.
- Razzles Night Club, 611 Seabreeze Blvd., . Dance club popular with the college kids and Spring Breakers.
- Shark Lounge, 730 E. International Speedway Blvd., . 11AM-2AM. Gentlemen's Club
- Tailgaters Sports Bar, 219 South Atlantic Ave., . Sports bar, offering food and drinks, featuring Karaoke daily.
Safety in Daytona Beach
Florida has a high occurrence of hurricanes. You might want to check the Hurricane safety page if you are visiting Florida. Beware of lightning in the central part of the state. New Smyrna Beach, located 20 minutes south of Daytona Beach is known for a high number of shark bites, so be careful when surfing and swimming. Always swim next to a lifeguard tower. Also, there is a high occurrence of tornadoes in Florida, so check the Tornado safety page.
Daytona Beach has varying crime intensity by neighborhood. In certain parts of the city it may not be safe to walk alone or even in small groups at night. Tourist areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence. The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Daytona Beach.