Perfectly ensconced on the east coast of central Florida, Daytona Beach is the perfect home base for your central Florida vacation. While there is plenty to see and do in Daytona, it's easy to venture out and explore the surrounding area. Discover local gems in every direction from Florida's tallest lighthouse to rocket launches to the home of Mickey Mouse. Here are a few of our favorite spots for a quick day trip from The Shores Resort & Spa.
Just 64 miles south from Daytona Beach, Kennedy Space Center in Titusville is one of the most popular day trips from the city. Perfect for all ages, this famous NASA facility features everything from rocket exhibits and launch pads to astronaut encounters, 3D IMAX films, and a museum of past exploration.
Head an hour and a half west of Daytona Beach to Ocala, home to the stunning Ocala National Forest featuring 600 lakes, 23 spring-fed streams, and two rivers and lakes, including Lake George, the second-largest lake in Florida. Known for its rolling hills, cow pastures, and Derby-caliber horse farms, Ocala is a nature lover's paradise ideal for the whole family.
History buffs and those looking for a relaxing day trip just an hour north of Daytona, will love St. Augustine. Take a guided or walking tour of the nation's oldest city and stop at all the major landmarks including Castillo de San Marcos, he St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Historic District, and the Fountain of Youth. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, browse the museums, and hit World Golf Village for a little R + R.
Of course, if you are traveling with kids looking to chase thrills and chills, drive an hour southwest to Orlando, home to big attractions and theme parks like Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando. Fun for all ages, Orlando is jam-packed with fun things to do from roller coasters to mini-golf and shopping at discount outlets.
Come back from a fun-filled day trip to our relaxing resort and unwind at the pool, spa, and hot tub before retiring to your spacious suite. The Shores Resort & Spa is the ultimate Daytona Beach destination for the whole family.