- Scott Barnett

    Sunrise to Sunset: Daytona Beach in 60 Seconds

    Daytona Beach is the ideal destination for friends, families and race fans looking for modern resorts, thrilling amusement rides, breathtaking beaches and one of the most famous race tracks in America.

    The most well-known and sought-after destinations in Daytona Beach are the Daytona International Speedway and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The Daytona International Speedway complex, known as “The World Center of Racing,” occupies 500 acres of land, making it very hard to miss. A recent $400 million upgrade added luxury suites, more-spacious seats and new concessions for race fans. If you’re more of a thrill-seeker and want to get a taste of the Daytona 500, check out the 200-mile-per-hour Richard Petty Driving Experience.

    Whether you decide to come during the Daytona 500, for spring break or for bike week, the 23-mile stretch of pristine beaches will be waiting for you. Refresh yourself in the surf or soak up the sun on the sand, where certain areas are marked off for pedestrians and cars so you can bring your personal car onto the beach! 

    After a $10 million restoration, the Daytona Beach Pier reopened to the public with the addition of a Joe’s Crab Shack and nearby amusement park rides. Here you can ride the Sandblaster roller coaster or test your limits with the giant slingshot ride. If thrill-seeking is not your thing, try the old-school arcade area where you can collect tickets in return for prizes.

    At Daytona Beach you’ll discover family-friendly entertainment of all kinds. Check out the 15 hands-on exhibits at the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum, or The Museum of Arts and Sciences where you’ll find a planetarium show and a hands-on children’s area. 

    If that doesn’t satisfy your arts craving, head over to the Daytona Beach Bandshell in the city’s Oceanfront Park. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and seating up to 5,000 people, the bandshell is home to a summer concert series where you can hear live music during select dates from May through September. After every concert, sit back and enjoy a fireworks show over the water.

    Spend from dawn to dusk sightseeing at some of Daytona Beach's most memorable landmarks — all in just 60 seconds.

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