Listen for the thunderous
roar of a racecar engine, the thunderous roar of thousands of motorcycles or the
thunderous roar of numerous college students on Spring Break. If you hear any
or all of the above, you are probably in Daytona Beach, Florida!
Beach is located on the Atlantic coast in central eastern Florida, only
an hour away from busting Orlando. The waters of the Halifax
River cut through the middle of the city, running north to south and separating
the beaches from the downtown area.
Daytona has been a mainstay
of vacationers for over 100 years. It received its recognition as the
"birthplace of speed" from the various land speed records set in neighboring
Ormond Beach in the 1940â€™s. In the 1950â€™s, and still continuing today, young
people from around the country come from the nationâ€™s colleges and universities
to enjoy their Spring Break. Motorsports gained new ground in 1959 with the
opening of the Daytona Beach International Speedway, which continues to satisfy
hundreds of thousands of speed-loving racing fans each year.
Naturally, the Daytona
International Speedway is a must see during your visit whether it is a race day
or not. You can enjoy NASCAR, IROC, AMA, sports car, and other racing
throughout the year. Located right next door is
Daytona USA, a
one-of-a-kind interactive motor sports attraction featuring hands-on activities
designed to appeal to everyone.
The Jackie Robinson
Ballpark is an active Class A affiliate park that remains much the same as it
was on March 17, 1946 when Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major
League Baseball spring training game.
A unique â€śspookyâ€ť adventure
is to take the Daytona Ghost Walk. Itâ€™s an entertaining journey blending
history, scientific data and haunting tales as you walk the streets of the city.
Bikeweek and Spring Break
take place in March and at that time Daytona hopes for great crowds, great
weather and great fun. Daytona is known for its beach and for its true
hospitality. With moderate temperatures year round, there is always some sight
to see, some event to attend, and some attraction to experience. Racing fans
can hear the thunder of the engines at many times during the year, but February
is the peak time, culminating with the Daytona 500.
Main Street Pier and nearby
Ocean Walk Village are the focal points of beach activitiesâ€”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 scene
is Ocean Walk Village, fresh from a $250 million renovation. This Oceanside
district, rich in history, is leading a major revitalization effort. Beneath
the multicolored beams, youâ€™ll find shops, movie theaters with stadium seating,
As you stroll down the
Daytona Beach Boardwalk, youâ€™ll notice that 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.
There is still an
opportunity to actually drive your car on the hard-packed sands of the beach in
certain areas. The silica is so hard-packed that vehicles are permitted as long
as they keep their cruising speed below 10 mph. What a great story to tell your
friends when you return home. Of course, any time of the year is great for
working on your tan. The beaches are free, and the water temperature is always
When you tire of the surf
and sand, there are plenty of local haunts where you can eat,
party and shop in the Daytona area. No matter what time of year you
visit, Daytona will welcome you.
The central area is the
heart of Daytona Beach. It includes the Ladies Professional Golfing Association
International golf courses, the Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona
Beach International Airport. The beach area extends all the way to the Halifax
Harbor Marina and includes such attractions as the Main Street Pier, Ocean Walk
Village and the Oceanfront Boardwalk.
The south end extends from
Daytona Beach Shores, along 5.5 miles of sandy beaches, to the fishing village
of Ponce Inlet, home of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and the Marine Science
On the north end youâ€™ll
encounter Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, quaint beach communities offering
a quieter experience (no beach driving). Ormond Beach extends across the Halifax
River, so there are inland and beachside parts of town. This is the first town
youâ€™ll approach if heading south on Interstate 95.
Daytona Beach is only a
short drive from many of Floridaâ€™s best known theme parks and attractions.
Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios are only an hour west and Kennedy
Space Center an hour to the south. If you have the time, they are worth the
With so much to see and do,
Daytona offers its visitors a host of opportunities and unique experiences.
Combining beautiful weather, great attractions, world class events, with great
food and great entertainment, itâ€™s a Florida city you wonâ€™t want to miss.