Region: American Southeast
Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone
Best for: Racing, Water Sports, Sightseeing
Don't miss: Daytona International Speedway
Fun Fact: Beach Street, a famous location Daytona Beach, was named after the Beach family, and is not located anywhere close to the beach!
Daytona International Speedway
Home to the world-famous Daytona 500 Race, Daytona International Speedway is an attraction not to be missed during your trip here. This landmark is open to the public every day for tours that range from thirty minutes to three hours. Depending on when you go, you can check out and sit in on an actual race, or view one of the largest collections of race cars, trophies and driver artifacts in the International Speedway Corporation archives. Fans can also check out branded clothing, memorabilia and souvenirs at the gift shop and test their racing skills at the Speedway's arcade.
Daytona isn't just for racing! Visit the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to check out the tallest lighthouse in Florida. While it is open for tours, the Ponce lighthouse also hosts special events throughout the year, so make sure to check the calendar to plan something for your trip. Also, if you crave a side of adventure with your sightseeing, head to Ponce Inlet Watersports where you can parasail, kayak, paddleboard, and more.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier
A combination of a Mardi Gras celebrations, an amusement park, and an old-school carnival pizzeria, Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is the prime attraction for a fun day on the beach. Because of the many things you can do here, this is an activity that would be great for day or night. There is also a giant Ferris wheel, go karts, and a slingshot that visitors can take advantage of. The beach hosts fireworks every Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so if you are looking for a fun nighttime event in the Sunshine state, look no further.
Deland Naval Air Station and Museum
Head back in time with a visit to the Deland Naval Air Station and Museum. Before transforming into a museum, this location was initially an airport. It was built to serve civilians, until the U.S. Navy needed it for an air station. It became a major training base for members of the Navy to practice flying different types of aircraft including SBD Dauntless dive bombers and PB4Y-32 Privateer patrol bombers. Today, visitors can see the uniforms, medals, aircraft models and letters during this World War II era. The location, while small, is filled to the brim with information and memorabilia about World War II pilots and Navy personnel.
Located on Beach Street, Downtown Daytona runs through the area's riverfront, with shops, eateries and palm trees that line the walkways. You can get some shopping done here, but don't expect the traditional brand name stores! On the contrary, Downtown Daytona is filled with kitschy and quaint boutiques that can offer you one of a kind goods. From jewelry stores, to chocolate shops, to hat stores, you are sure to find something that fits in with what you want. If you went shopping with a family, head over to one of the playgrounds to relax and unwind after your day.