Vacation Destination, 11 Fun Things To Do While Visiting Daytona Beach, Florida
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Daytona Beach, Florida is a famous and a very popular vacation destination people love coming back to time and time again. Thousands of people visit every year for business, pleasure and lots of fun. They for the most part come to revel in the beautiful 23 mile stretch of beach, the fantastic restaurants, the electrifying nightclubs, bike week, and of course Nascar racing. It's all here for every age, no matter the crowd you belong to. The young, the old, and the everyone else in-between.
If you haven't decided where to go on vacation , why not plan a trip to Daytona Beach, Florida. You will not regret it. While planning your visit to Daytona Beach, Florida, you will be looking for something to do while your there. Daytona Beach, Florida offers many diverse sights and sounds. You, your friends and family can splash about on the splendor of the beach, taste the local food in the numerous restaurants, let loose at the amusement parks, try your hand at fishing, sight see the motorcycles, and relish in excitement of The Daytona International Speedway and so much more.
Having lived in Daytona Beach for several years I enjoyed the impressive things Daytona Beach had to offer. A list of fun and exciting things to do is listed below, many are free and family oriented. Therefore, when you find yourself in Daytona Beach, Florida remember to take this list of fun things to do with you.
The List of fun things to do in Daytona Beach
1. Take a tour of the world famous Daytona International Speedway. With plenty of race parks and speedways, including the world famous Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Beach area is a must-see destination for all you race fans. The Daytona 500 isn't the only thing going on at The Speedway. The track also hosts the Coke Zero 400 each July as well as the Daytona 200, America's premier 200-mile motorcycle endurance race held annually are the centerpiece of Daytona's famous Bike Week.
2. Visit the Daytona Lagoon. It is an impressive water park. It is a family entertainment center jam packed with fun things to do, it includes laser tag, a go-kart track, miniature golf, rock climbing, and a colossal arcade. Daytona Lagoon is something you don't want to miss if you like having fun. It is open all year long. So it doesn't matter what time of year you decide to visit. It the best place in Daytona if you want to stay cool and have a blast at the same time. It is right in the center of Daytona Beach among the many hotels in the area.
3. If you want to cool off just a wee a bit, why not try some ice skating. Yes I said ice skating. South Daytona has an awesome ice arena with lots of col stuff to do for the whole family. Some of the programs Daytona Ice Arena offers are public ice skating, birthday parties, lessons, hockey, figure skating, hockey camps, and broomball on ice. Everyone from 3 year old beginner skaters to 60 year old adults are doing some recreational skating. So lace up and skate your heart out after a long hot day at the beach. You will find the Arena at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave, Suite 63D South Daytona, FL 32119
4. If you are in the mood to do some sightseeing while you are in the Daytona Beach area, then you might want to try the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail. This loop about 30 miles long and will give you an idea of what Florida's natural beauty is all about. Some of the best natural beauty you will ever see in northeast Florida. You can take your time while stopping to take pictures of the ocean, the sea life, the birds, and all the beauty that grabs your attention. You can visit Ormond Park and The Fairchild Oak tree, which is one of the oldest living oak trees in Florida. You will want to take your time with this activity, don't rush it, kick back and enjoy the natural scenery. Don't forget your camera, your will want to remember The Ormond Scenic Loop.
5. Pack up all your beach gear, pack a cooler full of soft drinks and snacks and head off to the beautiful Daytona Beach sand, lounge in the warm glow of the sunshine. The lush blue ocean view, relaxing to sounds of a gentle breeze. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen along. You'll love the world famous 23-mile stretch of beach that many people visit every single day. Designated beach areas allow vehicle traffic during daylight hours and just about any water sport you can imagine. If you are just in the mood to relax, then you can still enjoy lying on the beach and soaking up the warm Florida Sun. Daily beach driving passes are $5.00 per vehicle, February 1 through November 30. After 3 pm, you can grab a daily passes for $3.00. Annual passes are available to residents for only $20.00 or $40.00 for non-residents. A Superpass is also available. The beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information call 386-254-4605 or visit the website below.
6. Test out your golf swing with some golfing. Daytona Beach has several amazing golf courses to choose from. Get that golf cart loaded with golf clubs, snacks and your favorite beverage and head out to the nearest golf course and knock some balls around. If you prefer golfing in the evening, the course fees are a lot cheaper. Many of the golf courses offer driving ranges and practice holes or both. Rental equipment and lessons are available at most of the courses.
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7. Visit The Daytona Flea and Farmers Market. It is one of the largest in the world, with almost anything you can imagine up for sale. I can tell you this, it is one of the most unique places I have ever been. The fruits and vegetables are fresh and beautiful, and the on-site eating and drinking makes for a preferred food shopping experience. Pleasing, wide aisles make it comfortable to move around the booths, the vendors are super friendly, willing to help with your questions and give directions if needed. I have never been to a better flea market.
If you're from out of town, the flea market is really easy to reach, just under a mile from the airport and directly off I-95 and I-4. Enormous amounts of merchandise, parking and entry into the flea market is free and fun shopping make this worth an unforgettable visit. Open Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Rain or Shine.
8. Visit Lighthouse Point Park. This is a stunning place of beauty. You can swim, sunbathe and watch the birds all in the same place. There are an enormous amount of birds on the beach, on the jetty and in the dunes, but they are the same birds you will see all along this stretch of coast. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and picnic facilities. If you look close enough you might spot some raccoons, possums, skunks, and armadillos. You can enjoy a full summer day at the lighthouse park. You'll even see some of the fishermen climb out onto the rocks looking for the best spot to cast their pole off of the jetty.
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9. Try your hand at some Deep Sea Fishing. Throw in a line, give deep sea fishing a try. I think this is one of the most enjoyable things I have done while in Daytona Beach or anywhere I have gone deep sea fishing. The excitement of throwing your first line and hopefully hooking your first big fish, or even the big little one is a pretty exciting too. Just being on a big boat on the ocean, watching all the sea life is far beyond amazingly beautiful. Sea turtles, fish of every size & color, whales, an occasional shark, and the ever graceful dolphins. If you find that you are suffering from seasickness try watching the horizon. It may sound silly but try to stay on deck if you can. Staying downwind of fumes is also advisable as they can make you feel much worse.
10. Visit The Museum of Arts and Sciences. This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. It is located on 90-acres in Tuscawilla. Visitors can traipse through the Frischer Sculpture Garden, explore Cuban art, and be astonished by the Root Family Museum collection which includes an authentic mid-1800s pharmacy complete with the original vials of medicines. The Root family also collected Coca-Cola memorabilia, racing memorabilia, train cars, quilts, stuffed teddy bears and more. There is also early American art, Chinese art, a planetarium, and African cultural objects to be seen.
There is also a 13-foot skeleton about 130,000 years old of a giant ground sloth discovered in 1975 only a few miles away. Its formal name is Eremotherium Laurilardi but it's also known as the Giant Ground Sloth and it dates to the Pleistocene fossil site called the Daytona Bone Bed.
11. You can have tons of fun enjoying the electrifying Daytona Beach nightlife. Make the rounds hitting the popular night clubs, go dancing on one of Daytona's largest dance floors, listen to some great music.
One of the most popular night clubs around is Razzles. It is one of the biggest and most famous in the Daytona Beach area. The dress code however is neat and clean, no baggy pants and open shirts allowed here, no bandana's, no hats, their motto is "dress to impress". They music played is dance, trance and hip-hop. They have nightly drink specials, a social lounge and more. It is an extremely busy place, so be forewarned, the lines are usually long, so a wait is not unusual.
- The Ocean Deck - The music here is all live Reggae every night of the week. This club is very laid back. It is right off the beach. No dress code here, Nno shoes, no shirt, no problem. They have terrific seafood, steaks and sandwiches and even better drink specials. If you want to just hang out and relax in flip flops, this is the place for you.
Froggy's Saloon - Froggy's Saloon is right in the heart of the World's Famous Daytona Bike Week on Main Street. Froggy's atmosphere is a bikers dream come true. The steady 20 hour a day party,(7am-3am) to the sound of motorcycles up and down main street almost continually. You won't want to miss the fun at this famous watering hole for biker central.
So there you have a small taste of some of the fun things to do when you visit Daytona Beach, Florida. And if you haven't yet decided where to go on your vacation, well Daytona Beach, Florida is one destination you don't want to miss.
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