Monument & Statue Trail
The Monument and Statue Trail provides a fascinating history tour of the Daytona Beach area. The trail begins in Ormond Beach with The Legend of Tomokie at Tomoka State Park. Created in 1955, this 40-foot, art-deco statue commemorates the Timucua people who were native to this area and lived here for thousands of years.
The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statue stands proudly on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. A trailblazing educator, Dr. Bethune is also internationally lauded for her role in the advancement of civil rights as well as her humanitarian works. The Mary McLeod Bethune Home and Gravesite is also located on the campus and is available for tours.
Swing by the Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Statue to learn more about this sports icon who was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. The site of Robinson’s first professional game, the ballpark also includes historical markers and a museum honoring his legacy.
The Wright Brothers Flyer Monument on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is also worth the stop. The impressive monument depicts the Wright brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
NASCAR fans won’t want to miss visiting the Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Statue outside the Ticket and Tour Building at Daytona International Speedway. Located nearby are statues honoring NASCAR pioneers William “Big Bill” and Anne France and Bill France Jr.
Tributes to veterans and military members are a part of the trail as well. The Military Tributes at Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens honor veterans of multiple wars. The museum itself was created in 1946, in part, to commemorate the service of World War II veterans. Located in historic downtown Daytona Beach, the Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Esplanade honors veterans of all wars. The memorial’s waterfront plaza features commemorative markers and plaques.
Other interesting stops on the trail include Brownie The Town Dog’s Grave and Memorial, Dinosaur Statues at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, The Daytona 200 Monument at the Boardwalk and the Jantzen Diving Girl at ONE DAYTONA.
Check out the Ultimate Daytona Beach Trail Guide which features Hiking and Biking Trails, Motorsports Trail, Mural Trail, Iconic Trail, African American Heritage Trail and the Ale Trail. To watch a brief video highlighting these trails and tours, click here.