ENDLESS ADVENTURES IN DAYTONA BEACH
What’s new with attractions, accommodations, dining and more at the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – (February 25, 2020) – From endless activities to calm, quiet days spent sunbathing and beachcombing, visitors are finding just what they’re looking for in a Florida vacation along the 23 miles of world-famous shores of Daytona Beach. With area investments of more than $2 billion in progress and more hotel, attraction, dining and shopping options available, it’s a great time to experience all that Daytona Beach has to offer, including:
- Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill (through Apr. 19, 2020) – Only Florida appearance of this Smithsonian national exhibit will be at Museum of Arts & Sciences
- Art Festival at ONE DAYTONA (Apr. 4-5, 2020) – Inaugural art festival and vintage car show at new Gallery 500
- Welcome to Rockville (May 8-10, 2020) – Florida’s biggest rock fest moves to Daytona International Speedway in 2020
- Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Aug. 29, 2020) – New Era of Intensity - Coke Zero Sugar 400 moves from the July 4th holiday weekend to August 29 in 2020
- Speedway Indoor Karting (Opening Fall 2020) – State-of-the-art electric powered karts that will give guests a full racing experience on the 16-turn road course with multiple elevation changes and a slick tri-oval
- New Airlift – New seasonal non-stop service between Daytona Beach and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York began Jan. 11
- Landshark Grille, Off the Hook at Inlet Harbor and Crabby’s Oceanside - New waterfront dining options add to an already eclectic culinary scene
The 200-room Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, a 4-star luxury oceanfront resort, and the 133-room Delta by Marriott Daytona Beach opened in 2018. In late 2018, the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort completed a $25 million renovation; The Shores Resort & Spa completed a multi-million dollar renovation project in 2019; and the landmark Plaza Resort & Spa will complete a multi-million dollar property renovation in 2020. The 112-room Comfort Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Oceanfront opened in January. In February, the 93-room Home2 Suites by Hilton Ormond Beach Oceanfront opened and the oceanfront Grand Seas Resort by Exploria held a grand reopening. The 318-room Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center reopened in 2019 after a $12 million renovation. ONE DAYTONA, a world-class dining and entertainment complex across from the Daytona International Speedway, includes two new hotels - the 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport opened in 2018, and The DAYTONA, an exclusive 4-Diamond 144-room Marriott Autograph Collection® hotel, opened in 2019. The 107-room Home2 Suites by Hilton Daytona Speedway opened in 2018. The 44-room Streamline Hotel, a historic beachside art deco-style boutique property that once hosted the meeting that launched NASCAR, opened in 2017.
Perfect Beach Base Camp
Direct flights, hundreds of connecting flights, and interstate access (I-95 and I-4) make getting to Daytona Beach easy and convenient. Non-stop flights into Daytona Beach International Airport are available from Atlanta (Delta), Charlotte and NYC (American Airlines) and Toronto (Sunwing Airlines). Daytona Beach is the perfect beach base camp to experience Central Florida.
New ONE DAYTONA Retail, Dining and Entertainment Destination
ONE DAYTONA is a world-class retail, dining and entertainment destination located across from Daytona International Speedway. Bass Pro Shops Outpost, Ben & Jerry’s, P.F. Chang’s, Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres, Gallery500, GameTime, Guitar Center, IT’SUGAR, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, MidiCi Italian Kitchen, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4 Rivers Daytona BBQ and more opened to rave reviews. Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport opened in 2018 and an exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection® hotel called The DAYTONA opened in 2019 with a total of 250 rooms. With live entertainment and fun family events, ONE DAYTONA is quickly becoming a favorite place for visitors, race fans and residents alike.
Shopping and Travel Go Together
In addition to the ONE DAYTONA entertainment district, explore all the unique markets and boutiques the Daytona Beach area has to offer! Tanger Outlets is an open-air center with 75 of the most popular national brand names and designer outlet stores. On International Speedway Boulevard the long-popular Volusia Mall provides an inviting indoor experience. The Tomoka Town Center, across from Tanger Outlets, includes new retail and entertainment options including Dave & Busters. The area’s thriving downtown districts - Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach and DeLand (voted America’s Main Street in 2017) – offer eclectic boutiques and eateries. Exceptional flea and farmers markets can also be found throughout the area.
New Addition to the Daytona Beach Ale Trail
Florida-inspired Blue Springs Brewing is the latest to join the Daytona Beach Ale Trail. Featuring exceptional craft beer an artisan spirits, the trail has grown to almost two dozen breweries, tasting rooms and tap houses. The first distillery on the trail, Copper Bottom Craft Distillery, offers artisan hand-crafted spirits, tours and tastings.
'Festival Capital of Florida’ - Fabulous Food and Fun
From arts and culinary to classic cars and motorcycles, the Daytona Beach area celebrates a multitude of interests with its events and festivals. Comfortable year-round weather means it’s always festival season with events like the Halifax Art Festival, Celtic Festival, Jeep Beach, Oyster Festival, Greek Festival, DeLand Festival of the Arts, Images: A Festival of the Arts, Fiesta Italiana, Granada Grand Festival of the Arts, Riverfest Seafood Festival and the annual Daytona Turkey Run car show and swap meet in both spring and fall.
Biketoberfest (Oct. 15-18, 2020)
Biketoberfest® (Oct. 15-18, 2020)
Biketoberfest® annually celebrates the adventure and the spirit of today’s motorcycle enthusiast. This isn’t just any motorcycle rally and with a guest list of 100,000 it is the area’s largest fall festival. Main venues include Daytona International Speedway, Main Street, Destination Daytona, Midtown, New Smyrna Beach and DeLand. This extended weekend of fun and sun includes motorcycle shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides along A1A and other historic roadways, racing at Daytona International and New Smyrna Speedways and vendors offering everything from the latest cycles to parts and accessories. More information is available at Biketoberfest.org.
Arts, Culture & History
See the largest private collection of Florida oil and watercolor paintings in the world at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, a 26,000 square foot museum on the campus of the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts and Sciences. Explore the area’s rich history from Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Florida’s tallest. Trace the footsteps of educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune on a tour of her former home. Stop by the Halifax Historical Museum, or take in a game at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark. See a theatre performance or international symphony concert at Peabody Auditorium. Enjoy an arthouse film or poetry slam at Cinematique.
‘World Center of Racing’ & Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
A $400 million overhaul transformed Daytona International Speedway into a state-of-the-art motorsports facility in 2016. Known as the ‘World Center of Racing,’ it features premium amenities and unparalleled conveniences including three concourse levels spanning the frontstretch; five expanded fan entrances called ‘injectors’; 11 social areas each the size of a football field with open sightlines and dozens of video screens to capture the on-track action; more than 60 luxury trackside suites with patios; 17 elevators and 40 escalators in the grandstand; and, 101,500 new 20”-21” grandstand seats featuring backs and arm rests. In addition, more than 7,000 solar panels make this sports complex one of the top five largest solar installations at a professional sports venue in the country. In addition to racing, the stadium is also home to a growing number of events and shows, as well as unique meeting and convention space. Daytona International Speedway tours include a visit to the not-to-be-missed Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and its spectacular displays honoring all forms of motorsports including a long list of exclusive vehicles and sights even non-race fans can appreciate.
Tee up a Perfect Golf Getaway
Tee up a Perfect Golf Getaway
Ranked in the top 15 places to play golf in the U.S., Daytona Beach is a rising golf destination for the serious player and weekend warrior. With year-round affordable greens fees, visitors can choose to play where the pros do – LPGA International, home course of the LPGA and Symetra tours – or on more than 20 other area courses. More information is available at DaytonaBeach.Golf.
Go All Out at High-Speed Attractions
Daytona Lagoon Premier Waterpark and Family Entertainment Center, just north of the pier area and steps from the beach, completed $1.5 million worth of improvements in 2019 including a new wave maker Treasure Lagoon Wave Pool, new arcade games, and two new water slides – Kraken’s Revenge, a 54-foot-high, 4-lane mat racer slide, and Shaka Halfpipe, a thrilling inner-tube experience that shoots riders backwards over a 50-foot-drop. These new features, along with mini golf, go-karts, MEGA arcade, and Sky Maze indoor ropes course make this a favorite year-round family spot. Daytona Beach offers visitors plenty of adventure that you won’t find at any other beach destination. Test your trampoline skills at Hangar 15 Extreme Air Sports. Zip through a treetop adventure with Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure in Tuscawilla Park. If your need for speed is better served on the ground, get behind the wheel of an actual race car with NASCAR Racing Experience and take laps around the world famous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. And speaking of the Speedway, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, included in Speedway tours, is the place where the memory and achievements of the very greatest names in motorsports are kept alive. Take in the sights of the Daytona Beach area and see nature as it happens, all while experiencing the thrill of Daytona Speedboat Adventures. Take your vacation to new heights with Daytona Parasailing. Have a heart pounding, adrenaline pumping experience on the thrill rides at Screamer’s Park, located just south of the Daytona Beach Pier. Speedway Indoor Karting, slated to open in Daytona Beach in Fall 2020, will offer state-of-the-art electric powered karts from CRG and give guests a full racing experience on a 16-turn road course featuring multiple elevation changes and a slick tri-oval.
About the Daytona Beach Area
Experience endless adventures in the Daytona Beach area, a destination comprised of eight distinct communities offering visitors the perfect beach base camp to explore East Central Florida. Choose thrilling activities or embrace the tranquility of days spent on 23 miles of world-famous white-sand beaches. Daytona Beach’s famed heritage claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR -- and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the ‘World Center of Racing.’ Recognized worldwide for a few annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, DAYTONA 500 and Coke Zero Sugar 400 which moves from July to August 29 in 2020. With more than 12,000 rooms, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets from 4-star resorts to hotels, B&Bs and everything in between. Ranked #1 in Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Attractions in Florida, and named a TripAdvisor Best Weekend Getaway in Northeast Florida, TripAdvisor also named Daytona Beach to its “10 Most Affordable Beach Vacations on Florida’s East Coast” and “25 Most Popular Summer Vacation Rental Spots in the US.” Visitors can enjoy experiences beyond the beach by choosing from a surprising list of outdoor adventures, family-friendly attractions, arts and cultural venues and an eclectic culinary scene. With expansive beaches ideal for strolling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction and Best Spring Family Beach Break Destination in the Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests sponsored by USA TODAY. Go to DaytonaBeach.com for more information. #LoveDaytonaBeach.