From turbo-charged racecars to relaxing beaches, visitors will find their niche on the world’s most famous beach with these 20 top attractions.
1. Daytona International Speedway—See the famous race track that is one of the largest arenas in the country. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour, take a lap around yourself or go for a special event like the Daytona 500. 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., 800.PIT.SHOP
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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 this fun science center. 100 Lighthouse Drive, 386.304.5545
5. 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
6. 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
7. Daytona Beach Boardwalk—Ride the Sand Blaster, the attraction’s newest roller coaster or head to the shell stage for the free summer concert series on the boardwalk. 12 Ocean Ave., 386.253.0254
8. 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
9. Downtown Daytona/Beach Street—This quaint, palm-tree-lined street runs through the heart of downtown’s riverfront. You’ll find a playground, cafes, history museum, boutiques, a magic store and even a chocolate shop with free tours. 154 S Beach St.
10. Cinematique Theater—This art-house cinema features foreign and independent films along with food and wine for a creative date night. Enjoy live improv comedy each Tuesday night. 242 S. Beach St., (386) 252-3778,
11. Museum of Arts & Sciences—The Smithsonian-affiliated 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
12. Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Florida Art—Come see the largest collection of Florida art—with 2,700 pieces from a private collection—on the same grounds as the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences. 352 S. Nova Road, 386.255.0285
13. Southeast Museum of Photography—One of only a handful of institutions in the country dedicated to photography, the museum exhibits, collects, preserves and interprets the works of the masters. 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., 386.506.4475
14. Peabody Auditorium—This performing arts venue is home to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society as well as traveling national acts and Broadway shows. 600 Auditorium Blvd., 386.671.3462
15. Lilian Place—Built in 1884, the oldest house on Daytona Beach is now a museum filled with wonderful antiques, toys and memorabilia and offers Victorian tea service every third Thursday. 111 Silver Beach Ave., 386.299.4974
16. Ormond Beach—This town north of Daytona Beach is worth a day exploring. Along Granada Boulevard, you’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques, art, cafes, a speakeasy and even a brewery. Granada Boulevard and Division Avenue, 386.676.3216
17. The Casements—When John D. Rockefeller asked his doctors where he should move in order to live the longest, they told him Florida. He built the Casements along the Halifax River in Ormond Beach. Today, the home and gardens are used as a public park and special events. Every first Friday, enjoy a film outdoors under the stars. 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, 386.676.3216
18. Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail—Ride, cycle or hike along 30 miles of roadways with access to the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, Tomoka State Park and Bulow Creek State Park.
19. Cracker Creek—A 20-acre sanctuary on scenic Spruce Creek, this natural treasure is home to a variety of endangered plants and animals. Visitors can rent a canoe, hydro bike or kayak or take a guided sunset cruise. 1795 Taylor Road, 386.304.0778
20. Daytona Lagoon—Featuring 1 million gallons of rushing water and exciting speed slides along with a year-round family entertainment center with Grand Prix go-kart racing, miniature golf, laser tag, a rock wall and an arcade. 601 Earl St., 386.254.5020