Do you have Labor Day plans? 

Traditionally, the national holiday is spent decidedly NOT laboring — in fact, that’s kind of the point. Originally a way to honor the American Labor Movement, this public holiday is a way to celebrate the various accomplishments and efforts of American workers. Unofficially, Labor Day denotes the end of summer in the United States.

While all good things must come to an end, summer fun is extended in Daytona Beach, thanks to the area’s moderate temperatures, warm waters and bright sunshine. However, if you’re looking for one last summer hurrah, head to Daytona Beach for a long weekend this Labor Day. The holiday always takes place on the first Monday of September, and this year, Labor Day weekend falls on September 1-3, 2018.

Relax and recharge while you escape the hustle and bustle of life! A quick and easy getaway to Daytona Beach is the perfect way to do it. From kayaking up-close with manatees to kicking back in the sand, Daytona Beach is the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate this Labor Day weekend. Here are a few favorite ways to spend Labor Day weekend in Daytona Beach:

Do Labor Day the Dino-Tastic Way!

Join fellow dinosaur enthusiasts, science lovers and families from all over to see North America’s largest animatronic dinos at the Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Show.

At this unique show, guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period to experience what it was like to be among history’s largest and most mysterious beasts. Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs that “breathe,” roar and even walk. The interactive baby dinos are always a crowd pleaser, and the kid-friendly paleontology exhibit is a favorite for those who like to get hands-on learning. Get your tickets today!

Rock the Weekend at the Bandshell

After a day soaking up the sunshine on the beach or bike-riding through The Loop, top off a fun and relaxing Saturday with a rockin’ beachfront concert. On September 1, the Daytona Beach Bandshell Summer Concert Series will feature a talented Elton John tribute band called “Rocket Man.” The music is entertaining, the crowd is lively, and the views can’t be beat — don’t miss out! And, be sure to stick around for the fireworks after the show! Learn more about the summer concert series and make your move to this FREE Bandshell event on Saturday night.

Waterpark Dive-In Movie Night Saturday, September 1

Relax in the wave pool or on the beach while watching the latest Avengers Infinity War movie on Daytona Lagoon’s giant, outdoor movie screen! The last “Dive-In Movie Night” of the summer will feature plenty of movie-themed activities, plus food and drinks specials the whole family can enjoy. Come dressed as your favorite super hero and enter to win special prizes. Remember to pack a swimsuit though! Movie starts at sundown. (Families already enjoying Daytona Lagoon for the day can stay later for the movie at no additional cost. Non-season pass holders can pay a special price of $15.99 per person after 3 p.m., enjoy the park for the afternoon then stay to watch the film.)

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and make the easy, breezy drive to Daytona Beach for a relaxing Labor Day Weekend. With a wide variety of oceanfront accommodations available on a whim, you can go from rolling down the highway to relaxing in sand in just hours.

Start planning your Labor Day getaway today! Enjoy a look at everything Daytona Beach has to offer and download our free official visitors guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.