TRAVEL CHANNEL ranks Daytona Beach #1 in “Top 10 Attractions in Florida”
Families seeking fun in the sun for their spring vacation can enjoy the best of what Florida has to offer while staying on the World’s Most Famous Beach.
Not only is Daytona Beach ranked #1 in TRAVEL CHANNEL’s 2017 “Top 10 Attractions in Florida,” it’s within an hour’s drive of five of the state’s other top attractions as well – historic St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center and the theme parks.
Six “Can’t Miss” Spring Family Beach Break Experiences
Fun in the Sun on the “World’s Most Famous Beach” – Daytona Beach’s gentle Atlantic waves and hard-packed sand at the water’s edge are perfect for surfing, boogie boarding, sandcastle building, biking, running, strolling or simply relaxing under an umbrella. Whether families want to get their gear on the beach via their car or prefer the miles of traffic-free beach zones, an award-winning lifeguard corps is in place to make beach safety a top high priority. No alcohol is permitted anywhere on the beach and the 10 mph speed limit is strictly enforced in specifically-designated driving areas.
Climbing Florida’s tallest lighthouse; seeing a turtle hospital – With 203 steps, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. The Lighthouse Museum offers plenty to do on the ground, as well. Tour the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, see historical displays and learn about the rare Fresnel lens that makes this a working lighthouse. Next door, the Marine Science Center rehabilitates sea turtles, sea birds and teaches about marine ecology through such things as a stingray touch tank.
Exciting tours and rides – A tour of the Daytona International Speedway – the World Center of Racing – now includes the new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. For the ultimate thrill ride, get in the front seat of a real race car for a ride-along at the Richard Petty Driving Experience on the 2.5 mile banked track at the world’s only motorsports stadium.
Featuring Festivals, Food, and Fun – Home to over 60 renowned art, music and one-of-a-kind pop culture festivals, Daytona Beach is known as the Festival Capital of Florida. The spring line-up includes the Spring Turkey Run classic car show; National Cheer and Dance Championship; Daytona Tortugas baseball; P1 Grand Prix of the Sea jet ski competition; Jeep Beach; Halifax Oyster Festival; and a variety of national touring plays and classical music concerts at renowned Peabody Auditorium.
Getting out on the water – No matter how you want to explore the beautiful environment and unique wildlife, the Daytona Beach area has it all. For hands-on adventure there’s deep sea fishing, boating, sailing, jet skiing, para-sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. For a more laid-back experience try a guided eco-tour aboard a pontoon boat to see dolphins playing. From the crystal clear waters of natural springs to offshore artificial reefs, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone.
Tasting Sweet Treats – Some of the sweetest attractions in Daytona Beach are free! Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, in historic downtown Daytona Beach, offers free guided 20-minute tours so you can see what makes their chocolate creations so special. Zeno’s World Famous Taffy Factory, on US 1 in South Daytona, is open 7 days a week and offers visitors free tours and samples.