10 Things to Do in Daytona Beach That Aren’t NASCAR

From museums, marine centers and a historic lighthouse, there is plenty to do in Daytona.

Daytona is fun for all ages with museums, historic sites and gorgeous beaches.

1. Beach Street—This quaint, palm-tree-lined street runs through the heart of downtown’s riverfront. You’ll find a playground, multiple cafés, a history museum, boutiques, a magic store and even a chocolate shop with free tours. 154 S. Beach St.

2. Museum of Arts & Sciences—The museum houses more than 30,000 objects including American and Cuban art, Chapman Root’s collection of Americana and a planetarium. There’s also a children’s museum and sculpture garden. 352 Nova Road, 386.255.0285

3. Ponce Inlet—This beautiful point is where the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax River converge. Visit the quieter side of Daytona Beach, and take in the scenery on a secluded beach or nature trail. Hop aboard a 90-minute ecotour, take a water taxi, play on the dog beach or grab a bite at a seafood shack. 5000 S Atlantic Ave., 386.756.7488

4. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse—Built in 1874, the impressive structure is Florida’s tallest lighthouse. At 171 feet, and a few hundred steps up, visitors can see incredible views of the Halifax River, Atlantic Ocean and surrounding areas. 4931 S Peninsula Drive, 386.761.1821

5. Marine Science Center—Learn about the area’s ecosystems from the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean, observe the sea turtle and bird rehabilitation center and play in the stingray touch tank at the science center. 100 Lighthouse Drive, 386.304.5545

6. Daytona Beach—Wide, smooth beaches make driving on the sand a unique experience. No more lugging your stuff from the hot parking lot. (Vehicle-free beaches are allocated.) 386.239.7873

7. Daytona Beach Pier—This classic landmark was first built at the turn of the century and was later rebuilt in the 1920s as a grand casino with an ornate ballroom. Today it remains a popular hangout and is home to Joe’s Crab Shack, where patrons take in fabulous views from the top deck. 1200 Main St., 386.671.8000

8. Daytona Beach Boardwalk—Ride the Sand Blaster, the attraction’s newest roller coaster, take a joy ride on the Ferris wheel or head to the shell stage for the free summer concert series on the boardwalk. 12 Ocean Ave., 386.253.0254

9. Ocean Walk Shoppes—This six-level, ocean front shopping and dining complex is the perfect place to find a souvenir, shop for a new outfit or catch a movie at the 10-screen theater complex. 250 N Atlantic Ave., 386.258.9544

10. Ormond Beach. This town north of Daytona Beach is worth exploring. Along Granada Boulevard, you’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques, art, cafes and even a speakeasy. Don’t miss the Casements, winter home of John D. Rockefeller, and Rockefeller Gardens. 26 Riverside Drive, 386.676.3216