Daytona Beach, and other nearby beach communities, attract over 8,000,000 tourists each year. Of course, as ":The World's Most Famous Beach", the beach itself receives top billing as the major draw and attraction. As people have flocked to this beach over the years, a number of other popular attractions and events have evolved into "must-see and do" reasons to visit as well.
During motorcycle events (Bike Week and Biketoberfest), several hundred thousand bikers from all over the world visit the greater Daytona Beach area. While the city is often associated with Spring Break, the efforts of the local government to discourage rowdiness, combined with the rise of other Spring Break destinations, have nearly ended Daytona's former preeminence as a Spring Break destination. Indeed, so few students (relative to past years) have come since 2002 that officials stopped estimating their numbers.
Schedule a private wine tasting or party at the Ormond Beach Winery(3.9 miles), or explore the world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other rare and beautiful snakes at Central Florida Zoo(34.6 miles). Also come check out the Speed Park Motorsports(8.0 miles) where you can ride go-karts that go up to 75 miles per hour! Whatever your interest and inclination, it's bound to be nearby.
Daytona Lagoon 2.4 miles
601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach, FL, 386 254 5020
When traveling with kids, this is the ideal place to visit. Daytona Lagoon features several activities including the Lagoon Waterpark, Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Laser Tag and more, all of which ensure fun filled activity with no time for boredom! Check out the website for regular updates on the daily specials offered at Daytona Lagoon—they are definitely worth it! Open hours vary, so check the website for updated timings.
Waterpark Rides & Activities Include:
70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, (386) 671-3420
The Bandshell, a historic landmark built in 1937 by the Federal Works Administration hosts free outdoor, oceanfront concerts are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April through October. Featured entertainment includes jazz, Dixieland, big band, blues, folk music and other musical genres appealing to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
The scenic amphitheater is home to the National Cheerleaders Association and Summer Concert Series. It is located on the north end of the Daytona Beach Boardwalk amusement area and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Built of coquina, the Bandshell seats 5,000 people for concerts or convention events.
Daytona Slingshot 2.6 miles
49 Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach, (386) 254-8626
Located at the Boardwalk, this is the world's hottest new attraction. The patented spring machine launches you 300 feet in the air at 100 mph for a unique adrenaline-pumping experience! Open daily until late. Major credit cards accepted.
Ormond Beach Winery 3.9 miles
14265 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, (386) 253-0332
Ormond Beach Winery offers over 40 varieties of tropical fruit, citrus, and berry wines to taste for free. All of their premium Tropical fruit, Citrus and Berry specialty wines are made 100% from the juice listed on the label. Using a special process of fermentation, aging and bottling our product is true to the flavor wine. Each individual variety of our wine tastes like the juice that it is made from.
Ormond Beach Winery's wines have won national and international recognition at the premier fruit wine judging contest in the United States; the Indiana State Fair, as well as special recognition at the Epcot International Food and Wines Festival.
Jackie Robinson Ballpark 4.4 miles
105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL; 386-257-3172
Jackie Robinson Ballpark has been home to the Chicago Cubs' Class A affiliate in the Florida State League since 1993. Winners of the 2004 and 2008 Florida State League Championships, the Cubs play 70 home games April through September. Various times.
Despite a ballpark which opened in 1940 and a smaller population than most of the cities in the Florida State League, Daytona Beach is perennially one of the best draws in the league. Located on City Island, about one block east of the downtown, the ballpark overlooks the water where a new bridge which was constructed recently. In addition to recent renovations, a Jackie Robinson "museum" was built on site which features plaques and interpretive exhibits, but no actual artifacts. A picnic area is located down the right field line. Programs and parking are both free.
Daytona Sky Tours 5.5 miles
413 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach, (386) 405-5186
Daytona's Newest Attraction rises above all of the others by far! This Fun and Scenic Airplane Ride flies you over the coastline of the World's Most Famous Beach! Come Fly with your own personal pilot and take home a Free Video of YOUR Adventure! Call to schedule a flight for up to three people. Major Credit Cards accepted.
Richard Petty Driving Experience 7.4 miles
1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Every racecar driver wants to win the Daytona 500 and now you can feel what it’s like with Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway. The views of "The World’s Most Famous Beach" are amazing, but nothing beats the view from driving or riding inside a 600HP NASCAR race car while your friends and family cheer you on from pit road.
Daytona International Speedway, known as "The World Center of Racing" is located in Daytona Beach, FL. It is a 2.5 mile tri-oval with 31 degree banking and is home to "The Daytona 500", the biggest race in NASCAR.
Ride-Alongs are available on a first come, first serve basis during most days that RPDE is on track for general driving classes. Ride-Alongs begin one hour after the start of the day’s first driving class. Check out the track schedule here. Reservations are not required for Ride-Alongs except at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, during special events, the Las Vegas Ride Tour and Race Rides during NASCAR event weekends. Ride-Alongs, given in the form of gift cards, do not expire and are non-refundable.
Speed Park Motorsports 5.9 miles
201 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, (386) 253-FAST (3278)
Our facility is here to meet your needs whether you are looking to cruise around one of our 3 Go-Kart tracks, fly down Nitro Alley in one of our Dragsters topping speeds of 75mph or enjoy our 7,000 sq. ft. Arcade. Drive 300 horsepower, tire-screeching dragsters. At this motor sports venue we also features three of the fastest go-kart tracks in the area. The Sprint Challenge is a high speed track filled with plenty of tight turns. The Sports Grand Prix track will test your driving skills following a 1,200 foot long serpentine trail, and Thundermania includes the challenging turns of a high banked oval track.
Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room 10.1 miles
960 S. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, 386-252-6484
Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room offers year-round entertainment. Established in the summer of 1948, Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room has been a mainstay in the Daytona Beach entertainment landscape. Located at the heart of Daytona, near the world famous Daytona International Speedway, DBKC offers Pari-Mutuel wagering and Poker Room fun seven days a week. Live Greyhound racing along with simulcast Greyhound, Thoroughbred, Harness, and Jai-Alai wagering from the most premier tracks in the country are available to give you a complete entertainment experience.
Proper Casual Attire Requested; Children are welcomed with a parent or guardian. Children are not allowed in the Poker Room.
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse & Museum at at Ponce Inlet 14.2 miles
4931 S. Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet, (386) 761-1821
Completed in 1887 and the tallest lighthouse in Florida, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is 175 feet tall, making it the second tallest lighthouse in the US. Only Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in NC at 207 feet is taller. The surrounding grounds feature historical and nautical museum featuring a Fresnel Lens exhibit, artifacts on lighthouse life, shipwrecks, a gift shop and more. ft shop. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended summertime hours.
Pause to catch your breath at each of the four windows. Take a photo at each and you will have a visual reminder of what it was like to climb the 203 steps to the top. Reaching the top, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sandy beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, and the nearby interesting drawbridge with much boat activity.
Each of the three Light Keeper's dwellings has been restored. They are all now active museums. The original Fresnel lens from Cape Canaveral's lighthouse is one of the items on display. The heavy large and complex multi-part Fresnel lenses are very interesting. The Ponce De Leon Lighthouse is one of our top pick interesting and fun Daytona Beach Attractions.
Reptile Discovery Center 20.2 miles
2710 Big John Drive (U.S. Hwy 92), DeLand, (386) 740-9143
Located just 15 minutes from the Daytona Beach area, this new facility features snakes from all over the world including a 14-ft python, 12-ft king cobra and a live snake-venom extraction program presented twice daily. Enjoy the nature trail where alligators, tortoises, iguanas and turtles can be viewed up-close in their natural enviornment. The facility also offers a unique gift shop and picnic facility. This center is one of only a handful of locations nationwide where visitors can observe venon extraction! Open Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. adult admission is $9.50; children 4-17 $6.50; seniors $5.50; children under 3 are free. Call for group rates.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden 38.4 miles
3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32773, (407) 323-4450
Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. We’ve been at our present location since July 4, 1975 and we look forward to your visit. Besides seeing over 400 animals (that doesn't even include the bugs in the Massey Services Insect Zoo), you can take to the sky and enjoy our aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.