Founded in 1870, Daytona Beach has a long and colorful history – especially when it comes to arts and culture. Did you know that notable residents such as writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, musicians Duane and Gregg Allman and artist Bob Ross have called the area home?
Whether it’s a night with the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, a top-billed performer at the Peabody Auditorium or free concert at the historic, oceanside Daytona Bandshell, there’s something for everyone. Check out the Southeast Museum of Photography on the campus of Daytona State College or spend an afternoon browsing the second largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Just a bit north in Ormond Beach is the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, a community theatre hosting national, regional and local theatrical troupes as well as concerts and dance programs.
In the heart of downtown DeLand just west of Daytona Beach is the Athens Theatre. Built in 1921 and restored in 2009, the theatre stages holiday performances and classics like “Les Miserables” and Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps.” For the past century, Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas have become synonymous with world-class arts and culture events. Make sure to check out some of Central Florida’s premier venues while planning your next Daytona Beach vacation.
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