What to do in Daytona Beach, FL

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Daytona Beach Attractions

Most people think of Daytona Beach, Florida, as a community that gets the majority of its tourist traffic during spring break and when certain motorsports events are held. Although these are definitely important attractions in Daytona Beach, You don't have to be a college student on spring break or a NASCAR aficionado to find plenty of things to do in Daytona Beach. If you love to spend clear, warm days playing golf, for instance, there are numerous golf courses located in various spots around this city.

Daytona Beach, FL, has long been known at the Worlds Most Famous Beach because of the natural beauty of the area, the abundance of fun things to do, and the region's near-perfect climate conditions.

Motorcycle fans flock to Daytona Beach during March to attend the city's renowned annual event known as Bike Week. Over 500,000 people take part in the various festivities included in this 10-day long extravaganza that features motorcycle races, street festivals, concerts, and parties. If you are interested in participating in Bike Week, you should contact our office at Expedia for assistance finding lodging accommodations. We can also provide you with a map of the city and a calendar of specific entertainment options.

Daytona Beach is well known for having some of best seafood restaurants on the east coast. If you get off the main drag a little, you'll be able to find the places where local residents go when they want to enjoy a well-prepared meal. Other Daytona Beach activities include shopping at the Volusia Mall or relaxing on Cocoa Beach. One of the most popular Daytona Beach excursions is taking one of the local gambling boats out for an evening of fun and glamor. These trips typically last for about five hours and feature gambling once the boats get past three miles from shore along with top Las Vegas style shows and gourmet buffet dinners and cocktails.

For more information on Daytona Beach tours, must see landmarks, and lodging options, contact our offices here at Expedia for the latest scoop on what's going on at the Worlds Most Famous Beach.

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Daytona Beach must see attractions

1. Daytona International Speedway

Every year, hundreds of thousands of car racing enthusiasts and casual tourists make the pilgrimage to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Join them in February to watch the Daytona 500: Feel the rush of racing cars and hear the roar of mighty engines. Marvel at the infamous 31-degree turns and admire the steeply banked tri-oval course that allows cars to move at higher speeds and gives spectators a better view of the race.
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Daytona International Speedway

2. Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Daytona Beach Boardwalk is Daytona Beach’s historic promenade and the place to be for seaside fun. It stretches for about half a mile along the Atlantic Ocean foreshore between Main Street and North Ocean Avenue. Whether starting your day with a morning stroll, playing traditional amusements with family and friends or watching street performers, a great time awaits at Daytona Beach Boardwalk.
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Daytona Beach Boardwalk which includes cafe scenes

3. Beach at Daytona Beach

Known for its clear water and on-sand vehicle access, the Beach at Daytona Beach is one of the prime attractions in the area. It is lined with hard-packed sand that is ideal for building castles and sculptures with little ones, while the parents are treated to views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a day out with your family in this lively and scenic spot.
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Beach at Daytona Beach which includes a sunset, a beach and general coastal views

4. Daytona Beach Bandshell

When you visit Daytona Beach, expect to hear music from the Daytona Beach Bandshell, along with sounds of ocean waves and delighted kids’ laughter. Stroll along the boardwalk to attend a show here or simply admire the architecture.
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Daytona Beach Bandshell featuring heritage elements

5. Daytona Beach Pier

Daytona Beach Pier (aka Main Street Pier) has been one of the most recognizable and photographed sights of Daytona Beach since its inauguration in the early 1900s. Originally a simple palm log structure, Daytona Beach Pier was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1920. Today it’s a focal point of the city and a place to spot wildlife, enjoy panoramic vistas and dine on mouthwatering seafood.
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Daytona Beach Pier which includes a sunset and general coastal views

6. Bethune - Cookman College

Experience student life at Bethune - Cookman University by spending a day exploring the interesting campus buildings set around leafy grounds. The university started in 1904, when civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune established a school for black girls. Bethune’s school merged with the Cookman Institute for Boys in 1923 and it took on its present-day name in 1941. Today Bethune - Cookman University is an historically black university home to around 4,000 students.
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Bethune - Cookman College as well as an individual male

What to do in Daytona Beach

Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach

Vacationing on a shoestring budget in Daytona Beach? Spend time, not your paycheck, on fabulous experiences.

Southeast Museum of Photography - Roam around and take in the captivating displays and collections at this popular museum.

Ames Park - You won't do better than this place if your goal is to kick your heels up and just have fun.

Daytona State College - Be wowed by the design and ingenuity of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

Bethune - Cookman College - If you'd love to explore the area's history through its landmarks, mark this one down on your sightseeing schedule.

Halifax Harbor Marina - This is a thriving location where you can absorb the ambiance and join in on local life.

Daytona Flea and Farmers Market - Spend some time here and find out the significance of this place to the locals.

First Christian Church - Whatever your beliefs, this site will inspire a sense of reverence.

Beach at Daytona Beach - Bounce rocks across the water, watch the sun come up or simply enjoy the scenery from the shore.

Riverfront Veterans Memorial Park - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a walk around the beautiful plants.

Things to Do in Daytona Beach with Kids

Daytona Beach is a wonderful destination for a family escape. Bring the little ones along and enjoy these popular family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Daytona Beach on a sunny day?
What to do in Daytona Beach on a rainy day?
There’s no need to splash your way through a wet day when there are fantastic indoor activities to enjoy:

What is Daytona Beach famous for?
Daytona International Speedway is a symbol of Daytona Beach, so make it a priority to visit.
What should I not miss in Daytona Beach?
Don’t go home without ticking off the following sensational attractions:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Ocean Walk Shoppes
  • Daytona Lagoon Waterpark
  • Volusia Mall

Are there cheap things to do in Daytona Beach?
What can you do in Daytona Beach for free?
You could store your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions won’t cost you a cent:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Ocean Walk Shoppes
  • Volusia Mall
  • New Smyrna Beach

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