Imagine for a moment a vacation destination that anticipates all your needs — a destination that offers the stores and restaurants, the lodging and entertainment choices you’re always hoping to find. Now imagine ONE DAYTONA, a brand-new, multifaceted lifestyle complex, right across from Daytona International Speedway.Years in the planning, the 300,000-square-foot ONE DAYTONA epicenter was inspired by what residents, vacationing families, beach fans and race fans, said they want most, all in one place. What began as a search is now coming into being, one element at a time.
What’s here, and what’s coming
First on the scene was Cobb Luxury Theatres, which threw open its doors and invited visitors to a movie experience different from any they’d known before. Reserve your seat in advance, if you like, and bring your appetite because Cobbster’s Kitchen & Bar offers “Real food. Real cooking.” And a full bar, to visit before or after the show. Pizza, burgers, wraps, and other favorites, plus desserts. Everyone can have a great movie experience, because Cobb Theatres are 100 percent accessible to all guests and offer closed-captioning, assistive listening and descriptive narration. And naturally, you’ll find delicious movie snacks to enjoy during the show, as you put your feet up, press a button, and slowly recline.
Of course you know that Bass Pro Shops Outpost is the place for great outdoor gear. What you may not know is that it’s also an outdoor-themed shopping adventure and a fun place to explore. Here, in a 70,000-square-foot space, you’re immersed in an Old Florida setting of lush greenery, a sinkhole, swamp-evoking cypress trees hung with Spanish moss, and a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium. Adding to the realism are full-sized wildlife mounts: a white-tailed deer and Florida panther. Throughout the interior, hand-painted murals depict local scenes, including a nod to NASCAR and the Great American Race, the Daytona 500.
Oh, about the shopping part: Who knew how many choices there could be? Bass is your outstanding resource for outdoor-related clothing and gear for fishing, hunting, boating and camping, and also sponsors free seminars and in-store events that center on the beauty and enjoyment of the great outdoors, which we have plenty of here.
Why don’t you stay?
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is slated as the first of two outstanding hotels at ONE DAYTONA. After a day of exploring, you’ll be ready for a quick splash in the pool, before sinking into your bed in a spacious, luxurious guest room. The 105-room Fairfield has all the service you expect from a Marriott hotel, including a lobby bar, 24/7 market, fitness center, business center and free high-speed internet. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast before continuing your Daytona Beach adventure.
And much more
At this writing, new businesses are racing to the finish at ONE DAYTONA. One is GameTime, a 35,00-square-foot family entertainment center featuring 60-plus flat-screen TVs, more than 100 new and retro classic arcade games, 12 full lanes of bowling and places to stop and catch your breath. Eat, party and play all in one place.
By the end of 2017, ONE DAYTONA is expecting to welcome P.F. Chang’s, Hy’s Toggery, Kilwins confections, Guitar Center, Tervis, IT’SUGAR, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Venetian Nail Spa, Sunglass World, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, and MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company. And after that, a boutique hotel, The Daytona, is on the horizon, with 145 luxury rooms, offering glamour and excitement, and even a few checkered flags.
ONE DAYTONA, developed by International Speedway Corp., is ready to make vacations exciting, fun and delicious.
Excerpted from the Daytona Beach Visitors Guide, produced by The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Download a Visitor Guide today!