Speed is what Daytona Beach is all about and Speed Weeks, which include the Indy 500 in February and the Coke Zero 400 in July, draw thousands of fans. Tickets are currently available for all races, and Daytona International Speedway is open year-round. Speedway Tours offer an insider’s view of the track, pits, NASCAR garages, Sprint Fan Zone – and even world-famous Gatorade Victory Lane.
Back to Nature
There are plenty of opportunities to get back to nature on Daytona Beach holidays. Tomoka State Park offers hiking, canoeing, snook fishing and gator spotting amongst breathtaking scenery. You can also take a cruise along the Halifax River in a vintage 1840s boat to admire pelicans, herons, egrets and other waterfowl; or go manatee spotting.
Ponce de León Inlet
This sleepily charming place with its distinctive red lighthouse makes for a lovely place to while away a few hours. Walk the trails and boardwalks through the dunes, then climb the 203 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a fabulous 360-degree view. The lighthouse also houses an interesting museum.
Besides NASCAR, Daytona is famous for two huge motorbike events. Biktoberfest® in October and Bike Week in March offer a whole round of motorcycle shows, races and other bike-related events keeping leather-clad enthusiasts happy from morning through to the wee small hours. Throughout the year, dozens of festivals from large to small – focused on everything from arts and culture to food, cars, music and more – dot the calendar.
The recently developed Ocean Walk Village offers an impressive mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment, in the form of the Daytona Lagoon waterpark, a state-of-the-art movie complex, and the oceanfront Bandshell, a historic Daytona landmark offering free open-air concerts under the warm Florida sky. Nearby is the popular Boardwalk Amusement Area with its arcades, Ferris Wheel and roller coaster -- and the Daytona Beach Pier, home of Joe’s Crab Shack. It's also very near the Band Shell, a historic Daytona landmark offering free open air concerts under the warm Florida sky.