For art lovers, the Daytona Beach area offers loads of museums and galleries that provide opportunities to see and experience a variety of artistic styles and cater to a broad range of artistic tastes. Visitors to the area can also take in amazing artworks outside too — because in Daytona Beach and some of the surrounding cities and towns, there are a number of beautiful murals that line the streets.
In fact, larger-than-life murals are sprinkled throughout the region along the Daytona Beach Mural Trail. So no matter where in the area a visitor might be, chances are they won’t have to venture far to take in one of these public displays of art. Here are some of the highlights among the many murals that can be found in the Daytona Beach area:
- Crabby Joe’s — Found on the Sunglow Pier in Daytona Beach, this popular oceanfront (or, perhaps more accurately, over-the-ocean) seafood restaurant serves up fresh catches daily. Visitors can also catch fish-out-of-water scenes on its exterior walls, which are adorned with a mural depicting marine creatures such as sharks, alligators, pelicans and crabs grabbing their favorite libations and a bite to eat at a beachside tiki bar.
- Boondocks — This restaurant found just south of Daytona Beach in Wilbur by the Sea specializes in fresh seafood, offers great views of the Halifax River, and sits just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. So it makes perfect sense that it’s also home to a mural running the width of the parking area focusing on the creatures of the deep, including in-action views of sharks, octopus, marlin, mahi-mahi and more.
- Two Jerks Seafood Market — Found under the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, this seafood shop boasts an exterior wall depicting a colorful underwater scene filled with an array of saltwater species.
- Crabby’s Oceanside — This Daytona Beach seafood restaurant is a great place to take in some amazing ocean views, along with some of the ocean’s tastiest, fresh-caught bounty. It’s also a great place to take in a magnificent mural sporting a beach scene that celebrates the “World’s Most Famous Beach” while incorporating its surf- and speed-soaked history.
- Henry’s Pizza — This Daytona Beach pizza joint located on East International Speedway Boulevard is a great place to grab a flame-grilled pie, along with an eyeful of art. Its exterior walls are adorned from top to bottom with brightly colored artworks by artist East Mental, and its playful imagery includes a walking pizza, crystals sprouting from the ground and outstretched octopus tentacles, just to name a few highlights.
- On Main Street, you can see a pair of all-American murals, including a huge, waving-in-the-wind American flag on an exterior wall at Neptune’s Sports Pub and a scene depicting an oceanfront Harley-Davidson with a bald eagle flying overhead on the wall outside the Biker’s Pride clothing outlet.
In downtown Daytona Beach while strolling in the Beach Street area, keep an eye out for art. Murals can be found in a number of spots here, including:
- In the alley running alongside the Ichi Ni San Thai-Japanese Fusion restaurant, where a colorful sun, an out-of-this world planetary scene and sharks swimming through a (presumably) underwater forest adorn an exterior wall
- Along Myrtle Avenue, where a goddess holding a sun in her hand stands alongside a night scene depicting a swan flying past a full moon, a silhouetted unicorn and an onlooking eye in the sky
- On the side of the Warren Harding Building, where what looks like a box of animal crackers holds fanciful creatures such as a jackalope, a unicorn, an Ewok from the Star Wars series and a Luck Dragon from The Never Ending Story.
- Two murals can be found at ONE DAYTONA, the area's newest shopping/dining/entertainment complex located directly across the street from the world-famous Daytona International Speedway at the north entrance to The Daytona hotel. The first depicts a beach scene filled with sun-seekers, surfers, and on-the-sand drivers. The other depicts the evolution of racing from the sands of Daytona Beach to the track at Daytona International Speedway.
- Holly Hill - Along Daytona Avenue in the Daytona Beach neighborhood of Holly Hill, a roadside wall along the canal is beautified with a bright tropical scene featuring parrots, sea turtles, flowers and dolphins
- Ormond Beach - An exterior wall of Frame of Mind, a custom frame shop and art gallery in downtown Ormond Beach, features a brightly colored scene featuring a hummingbird flying among tropical flowers. Its neighbors include, 31 Supper Club, is a restaurant and lounge that boasts an unmistakable 1930s speakeasy vibe has an exterior wall that features an era-appropriate mural depicting a city skyline filled with Art Deco-inspired architecture. And Grind Gastropub and Kona Tiki Bar, offering an array of fine food and drink, is home to some magnificent murals. Not-to-miss scenes include ones depicting action from the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, a robotic rescue in an otherworldly environment, laid-back tropical scenery and more. Across the street, Ormond Garage has a mural on its back outdoor patio that offers a glimpse into the area’s earliest automotive history going back to the 1900s. North of Ormond Beach, where Harley-Davidson is king of the road, Teddy Morse's Daytona Harley-Davidson is home to a number of motorcycle-themed murals, including a series giving glimpses of Daytona Beach Bike Week through the ages. (And while there, be sure to snap a shot of the in-house bronze sculpture of the King of Rock and Roll on his bike.)
- DeLand Historic Mural Walk — DeLand has plenty of history and culture to celebrate, and the DeLand Historic Mural Walk honors both with a collection of murals highlighting scenes, events and prominent people from the area’s storied past. Those exploring the oversized paintings found throughout downtown DeLand can even download the Mural Walk Brochure to guide them through the artworks.
- Wings of the West Trail — Offering another artistic adventure in DeLand, this collection of oversized artworks created by DeLand native and artist Erica Group depict wings of different types — such as peacock wings, swallow-tailed kite wings, biplane wings and fairy wings. The murals are strategically spread throughout West Volusia to highlight area attractions, and they offer great photo ops for visitors who want to stand in front of them and have their vacation snapshots really “take flight.”
- New Smyrna Beach — Found about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, the seaside town of New Smyrna Beach boasts a handful of fun, colorful creations along Flagler Avenue and Canal Street. Some of the murals here depict peaceful, ocean-inspired coastal scenes, along with ocean inhabitants like sharks and sea turtles.
Want to see all of this art out in the open for yourself? Find your way to each of the area murals detailed above with the help of this Daytona Beach Mural Trail map.