On Daytona Beach, splashing in the waves and building sandcastles is just the beginning of your holiday fun. Just steps away is the boardwalk and pier, boasting a variety of amusements including a roller coaster, go karts, arcades and street performers. Indulge in everyone’s favorite: pizza and ice cream -- or dine on the pier at Joe’s Crab Shack where the seafood is as delightful as the oceanfront view.
Venture to one of many beachfront parks to stroll nature trails, spot wildlife and enjoy scenic views from observation towers. Get an adrenaline rush by going to the Daytona Lagoon Waterpark Entertainment Center, where the fun includes Grand Prix go kart racing, arcade, laser tag and mini-golf. And don’t miss the Speedway Tours at world-famous Daytona International Speedway. Each tour ticket now includes a visit to the newly opened Motorsports Hall of Fame of America where you can experience spectacular displays honoring all forms of motorsports.
For some excitement that’s also educational, don’t miss the Museum of Arts & Sciences, a Smithsonian Institute affiliate offering a 9,300-square-foot children’s museum, planetarium shows and a nature preserve. Next door is the all-new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the largest collection of Florida art in the world. Another fascinating learning experience awaits at the Marine Science Center, where you can touch sharks and stingrays, hold see urchins and see newly-hatched sea turtles. Ponce Inlet, just south of Daytona Beach, affords many chances to dive into fantastic adventures both on and off the water.
Whether you choose to charter a boat to fish off our artificial reefs or catch a sunset cruise, you’ll be inspired by the remote beauty of the waterways. There you can also challenge yourself to climb the 203 steps to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
Check out “Attractions” on DaytonaBeach.com to get excited about all the fun you’ll have.