Race Mice beware! For those who love cars and motorcycles, a trip to the “World Center of Racing” should not be missed! This beach town on the central east coast of Florida is a true Valhalla for racing fans. Car and motorcycle events are hosted here year-round, with highlights being Daytona 500 (NASCAR) and Daytona Bike Week (motorcycles). Add more than thirty kilometers of beach to that and your Daytona Beach holiday can’t go wrong!
Sightseeing Daytona Beach
Every year dozens of tourists travel to Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500, Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest and the Daytona International Speedway/Motorsports Hall of Fame. But this doesn’t mean Daytona Beach is all about partying and racing. There are also plenty of (child-friendly) things to do and see that have nothing to do with racing. Museums, sports or the beach: Daytona Beach has it all! Below you can read about the most famous sights. Experience Daytone Beach during a Florida deluxe car tour.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk
According to allcitycodes, Daytona Beach Boardwalk is the place to be in Daytona Beach. Along the beach you will find dozens of shops, restaurants and bars. Here is also the historic Daytona Beach Pier, which was built in 1925. You can still fish from the pier, without needing a permit. There are also a number of fairground attractions on the boardwalk, including a revolving arm that spins you at a height of 60 meters at speeds of 100 kilometers per hour. Not such a daredevil? Then play a game in one of the several ‘arcades’ or enjoy a live concert in open-air theater Bandshell. Daytona Beach used to be the place to race! You can still use your car on the beach, but racing is no longer an option: the maximum speed is five kilometers per hour.
Daytona International Speedway
Definitely Daytona Beach’s top attraction: Daytona International Speedway. The circuit was opened in 1959 as an alternative to the increasingly dangerous beach races. The circuit, which incidentally has an oval shape, has now become one of the most important circuits in America. Daytona 500 is raced on this track; the most important race of the NASCAR season. The cars race for first place for no fewer than two hundred laps. The circuit has recently been completely renovated at a cost of ‘only’ $400 million, so you will also see karting competitions and even eSports competitions here from now on. Be sure to visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame, where you’ll find the most important cars in racing history. When there are no races, you can join one of several tour packages.
Are you tired of all those roaring engines or do you not like them at all? Then visit one of Daytona’s many museums. There is something interesting for everyone to see, whether you like culture, history or science. Art lovers can indulge in the Museum of Arts and Sciences or the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. These museums are next to each other on the same campus. MOAS includes a planetarium, a large collection of African art and a large number of restored old-fashioned train carriages; Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum has one of the largest art collections in Florida. At the Halifax Historical Museum you can learn about the history of Daytona Beach itself and at the Southeast Museum of Photography you will find a huge collection of photos from Cuba, post-revolution.
Frequently Asked Questions about Daytona Beach
What are the top attractions in Daytona Beach?
Daytona Beach is best known for all of its racing events and the Daytona International Speedway. But the Daytona Beach Boardwalk is also a tourist attraction.
What are the best outdoor activities in Daytona Beach?
These aren’t really there; at least not in the form of parks or nature. Of course you can plan a day at the beach!
What are the best day trips from Daytona Beach?
In fact, Daytona Beach is a day trip in itself. If you’re really looking for nature, take a day trip inland to visit one of the state parks nearby.
Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church
Looking for a real quintessential American experience? Then pass Daytona Beach Drive-in Christian Church. Yes, you read that right: you can go to church with your car. After parking your car, you can listen to the pastor’s sermon on your car radio. Whether you are religious or not, this is an activity that you will only be able to do in America!