Daytona Beach Not Just a Party Town
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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Never Ending Fun
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.
It Gets Better
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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Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 28, 2019:
Always something fun to do in Daytona.
Julia Rose from Japan on May 21, 2019:
I'll have to keep the water park and some of these other exciting suggestions for the next time I'm in Daytona. Last time I was there I got to do zip lining which was a lot of fun, so now I have a new list of things to do there.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 09, 2014:
You will love the views, the ocean drive is beautiful. I hope you have the time of your life, have fun and be safe!
gmcfar28 on July 07, 2014:
Me my wife and 3children (2girls 1chicuahua lol
Are making our way there from altoona, pa getting very excited like 1week 2days till we leave i cant wait looking forward to the drive on beautiful 95 and the nice scenic route gonna see winter in clear water and head to ckear water beach and hogans beach shop and drive by disney (cant afford that ) lol but then going to gorgeous st augustine and visit there and hopeing to see some family maybe. Thinking on driving to miami also figured what the heck we even thaught of moving there next year. Wish me luck and good thrills
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Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 25, 2012:
Thank you, I lived in Daytona for many years and moved back to my hometown in Michigan, I did a lot of different things when I lived there. There really is a variety of things to do for all ages, not just a party town. I enjoyed my time there so much I want to come back someday.
MissyGear on July 24, 2012:
Having lived in Daytona Beach my whole life, I can say that you pretty much pinned everything there is to do in Daytona Beach and in the surrounding areas. It's nice to see you covered all aspects from night life to scenic drives. There's much more to Daytona Beach than meets the eye and I think you did an excellent job covering everything!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on April 13, 2012:
You will love it out there, it is so much more than a party town, so much freedom to just walk about the beach and have a laid back lifestyle, I would be there if it were at all possible, but not yet! happy trails buddy!
akeejaho from Some where in this beautiful world! on April 11, 2012:
Beanrider, just thought you would like to know, a very old and dear friend has contacted me and asked me to move in that direction! I am considering it. Thanks to this article! Thanks again you wild and crazy guy! LOL. Take care.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on April 11, 2012:
On the west side of the state in isn't unusual to find some white sand. Florida does have some glorious beaches.
bryanbaldwin from Los Angeles on April 11, 2012:
Florida makes me think of white sand.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on March 15, 2012:
I tend to miss the lifestyle of Daytona Beach, it was so laid back and easy to live there. For me anyway! I like St. Petersburg too, use to drive over and hang at the beach, the west side of the state is nice as well...
akeejaho from Some where in this beautiful world! on March 13, 2012:
The best! Had a ball. Lived in ST Pete a while and would go down to Daytona just to hang out. Always a lot of fun there!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on March 13, 2012:
Use to live in Daytona, and now live in little ole Michigan...Isn't Bike Week a blast?!
akeejaho from Some where in this beautiful world! on March 13, 2012:
Loved the Hub. I have been to Daytona for bike week, along with Sturgis a few times. I used to ride with Brother's Rising out of Chicago and went in with them. Loved it. Food everywhere.
Wait, what are you doing there? Thought you were in Portugal!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on March 13, 2012:
You should visit, I think you would like it!
Murano on March 08, 2012:
Great! This sounds like like a lovely place - I'd love to visit!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 28, 2012:
Fast food is available almost everywhere on any street! Of every kind! Enjoy!
ur mums best friend lol on February 27, 2012:
i dnt like lobster have they got any fast food?
ur mum on February 12, 2012:
cool information . what food is in florida?
miriam on January 10, 2012:
huh! i went to florida and i didn't get to surf but it was alright i got to hang out in the Lagoon it was sooo fun and i made some new friends. But i think i like England more because i missed my friends verrry MUCH!
florida = brox England= goffs
p.s. plz add to ur website that the boys in Daytona have amazing tans ;)
Tricws4 on December 20, 2011:
We love Our Deck Down Under to eat..
donkey on December 09, 2011:
hi guys! cool website :P
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 27, 2011:
Callie-The weather is great...Winter is like high 70's and maybe mid 60's in the evenings. This is wintertime weayher of course.
panda-Thank you, I miss her much!
Ellie-Thank you for reading about Daytona Beach, and keep your eyes peeled for Miriam.
Ellie Watkins in computer studies on November 24, 2011:
this website very good thanks for the info. Miriam is sitting behind me;)
panda on November 23, 2011:
heyy I love sully so much too
she's a cute cat! x
callie on November 10, 2011:
cool info what is the weather like in florida
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 10, 2011:
Thank you all for your comments, I hope you enjoy Daytona Beach as much as I do. I am glad you have a few places to check out while vacationing in Daytona. The cat photo Sully was my heart and joy. Miss her so much.
greyhound101 on November 10, 2011:
I love this great advice and help
:P on November 10, 2011:
florida is EPICCCC! :P
lool josh on November 10, 2011:
LOOL CHLOE! on November 10, 2011:
same im going next year
L00k B3H1ND Y0U on November 10, 2011:
Hello , im going next year this website is helpful
ur mum(callum m) on November 10, 2011:
this is very helpful :p
mirium o on November 10, 2011:
cool info nice cat picture.
chloe m on November 10, 2011:
I love this it has a lot of cool sdvice hopefully when i go in 2012 I will be able to visit most of these thankyou very much x
mimi on November 10, 2011:
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 02, 2011:
Well I listed the bigger venues I found to be fun and entertaining. I am sorry I couldn't include everything. I will take your idea and possibly add your establishment to the list.
The Idea Cook on October 31, 2011:
Why is THE CROOKS DEN not on the list of family fun places to frequent in lovely Daytona Beach?
Ralph Circelli on October 13, 2011:
GREAT list! Love your blog.You never cease to amaze me. I love your idea of separating your interests into different blogs to keep readers happy. Keep posting
I've bookmarked this hub and will add things as I find them!http://funstufftodoin.com/
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on October 05, 2011:
Hi Michelle, In December it is usually mid 80's throughout the days, and a bit lower in the evenings, very comfortable time of year to hit Daytona Beach Florida. Enjoy your vacation, I hope you have a grand time.
michelle on October 03, 2011:
we are going to daytona in december....the 22-29th. Any ideas on the weather?
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on August 06, 2011:
Hi Capt Brad, Yes taking out a deep sea fishing boat is so fun, not only do you get to fish but you get to see all kinds of sea life and get to experience the ocean in a whole new way. I added your link to the deep sea fishing on paragraph 9.
Capt. Brad on August 06, 2011:
Daytona Beach is a great place for fishing. You can also charter a private fishing boat for deep see fishing
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 29, 2011:
Hey Claire I hope you have a great time in Florida, take lots of sunscreen and don't let a sunburn ruin everything. I am glad my hub has some ideas you can use. Thank you for reading.
ClaireHaley from UK on June 28, 2011:
I am taking my family to Florida this summer and this has given me some really good ideas. thanks
kjgirjigfr on June 08, 2011:
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 30, 2011:
I tend to agree!
heyheyhey on May 29, 2011:
daytona beach is fabulous
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 16, 2011:
I think the nightclubs and the water parks are great, and exploring great places to eat is always fun...you might give Chart House Restaurant a try...Have fun on your Daytona vacation.
mana heaven on May 04, 2011:
My husband and I are coming down next month. We are from Tn and really do not want to be bored at all! We dont have children yet so we want things to dothatare not full of child activities,though we love children!!We are ttc very soon! We are looking for romantic things as well as wild.I would like to go to the raggae club there. Please tell me if you know of activities that fit what weare looking for .We wrote down a few from your page.Thanks so much for sharing this! Its sooo hard to get this kind of info from the internet and we wantto be as prepared as possible :)
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 27, 2011:
Thank you htodd for reading.
Hey Ms- I so disagree, I lived there for a long time and always had plenty to do. Try living in a town of 800 and see how that works out for you ;) I seriously don't know how you couldn't find something to do. I have a nice list of at least 11 things, maybe try one of those.
Ms on February 26, 2011:
Daytona sucks! I have lived here my whole life and there is nothing at all to do!
htodd from United States on February 19, 2011:
Nice article..Thanks for sharing
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 14, 2010:
As always, the beaches are the best. The whole coast is beautiful.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on September 23, 2010:
Hey jenny-You have one lucky friend. Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it.
jennyjenny from Somewhere in Michigan on September 21, 2010:
Great Stuff! I have a friend who just moved out that way, I'm gonna have to go check these sites out! Thanks!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 24, 2010:
I love Daytona Beach! I don't live there right now, But visit every year, sometimes twice. I am a Florida girl, and I miss it like crazy!! They do have great seafood. So many places to go.
myawn from Florida on June 23, 2010:
I live very close to Daytona I love the beach and places to eat seafood. It is wonderful to be able to visit often.
Right Not Wrong on June 22, 2010:
I need to do everything on this list
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 19, 2010:
Hi Amanda, The Daytona Lagoon is probably the best place for water sports, they have like 12 slides, of course the beach, if you buy body boards, they are fun to use in the waves and along the surf. Cheap places to eat are probably IHOP, Denny,s and one cheap place that serves breakfast and lunch is called Cracked Egg Diner on S. Atlantic Ave. in the Metz Plaza, they are aweome. Check out their website www.thecrackedeggdiner.com/ Some things like jet skis are expensive, the beach you can't go wrong.
amanda on June 18, 2010:
Does anyone know some good places to eat? Best places to do water sports? Or should I say cheap family of 3 on a budget.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 17, 2010:
It will be nice and hot in July. The water park, deep sea fishing and of coarse the beach are great places for the whole family. Especially the water park. There are the slides and the swimming areas, if you go fishing, it is really cool to see the dolphins.
Amanda on June 17, 2010:
WE are going to Daytona in July and it's a family vacation any ideas for a family with kids?
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on March 06, 2010:
Your welcome Jen, I hope your able to have fun doing some of them. :)
JenDobson27 on March 06, 2010:
All great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 27, 2010:
I think that depends on what your looking for. There are the music clubs of course. Country music bars, and lobby music in and around Atlantic Ave. They have a skate rinks in the area if you like ice skating. There are several churches in the area that offer different kinds of activities. Some of the fun centers are open at night as well. Then if you like bowling there is always that.
Check the yellow pages, they have a great listing of addresses and other things to do you might like. So how do you like living there so far?
I would go to the
King on February 27, 2010:
Just moved here and cant find anything fun to do at night any help or Answers........
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on January 21, 2010:
Have fun, I hope you get a lot great deals.
Noe on January 21, 2010:
Im going in March YAY FleaMarket HERE I COME!!!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on January 04, 2010:
Thank you going2Oahu for the comment. I went ahead and put in the hours of operation in my hub. I also noticed the link was dead, I fixed that as well. I know what you mean about the bathrooms. Sometimes they are very fresh, when they are less busy. I hope you enjoyed yourself anyway. I know all the times I went to the market there was always a deal to find.
Going2Oahu from Honolulu, Hawaii on January 01, 2010:
I went to the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market on my last trip to Florida and LOVED it! Just a word of warning, when I was there the flea market was only open on the weekend. Oh, and the bathrooms were kinda' yucky but the shopping deals were amazing!!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on September 08, 2009:
Thank you Elite Publishing for commenting.
crazybeanrider on August 04, 2009:
Thanks for your nice comments. John I love Florida too.
Camping Dan, I know there is plenty to do if you don't feel like hanging at the beach.
Camping Dan on August 03, 2009:
Great list of things to do. Most people only think of the beach when they think of Daytona.
John on August 01, 2009:
Really nice hub ....
I love florida .....
Lynn Byrne from Daytona Beach Florida on March 02, 2009:
I love the Ocean Deck all year round. There's also some new places opened and more to open on Granada Blvd on the main land side near the bridge. Bill Jones is putting a lot of investment into making it a nice place. It will nice to a have new place to go. There's even a jazz club opening soon and an art gallery opening in May.
angie on February 20, 2009:
I love this towen full of life
madellen from British Columbia, Canada on August 28, 2008:
Wow that beach looks good. We're coming into our rainy seasonin Vancouver and I'm already imagining my get away...
kennybme2000 from Marshalltown, Iowa on July 17, 2008:
Daytona is a great place. I also agree about the deep sea fishing. If the seas aren't too rough, it can be a fun experience. Don't forget to stay hydrated and bring sunscreen! Of course, if the seas are moderately rough, it can also be a miserable time. There was one time I was out and never threw my line overboard I was so queasy.
bbjane from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on July 14, 2008:
I love Florida... Thanks for sharing the informative ideas.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 14, 2008:
The Giant Sloth is something you must see. It is there for good I think.
Yes Daytona Beach is for everyone. It has had it's wild moments, but over the years it has grown into quite a place for the family as well as spring break and bike week, and of course the racing crowd.
Amy_Roberts on July 14, 2008:
Great! This sounds like like a lovely place - I'd love to visit!
Jean Ahmann from DeLand, FL on July 14, 2008:
I have lived roughly 30 miles from Daytona for years in DeLand. I did not know about the giant ground sloth I will have to check it out. Thanks.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 10, 2008:
LOVERDUCK on July 09, 2008:
hey nice page love it
Sweet on July 02, 2008:
Bike Weekend of feb and beginning of March is a blast, you can find me as a featured bartender in the garden area of Froggy's on main street in my pantyhosed biker outfit, come see me!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 26, 2008:
Thak you. It is a great place. I miss it.
Fat Into The Fire from http://www.fatintothefire.com on June 26, 2008:
Nice guide to Daytona! I have been to Daytona many times - it is a great place!