Discover the History, Art & Culture of Daytona Beach

Published on September 6, 2022

There's more to Daytona than its distinction as home to the "World's Most Famous Beach." For decades the area has been a hub for the contemporary arts, with some of the country's most renowned performing arts venues, galleries, and museums calling it home. From the interactive exhibits of the Museum of Arts & Sciences to landmarks like the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, there's plenty to explore beyond a day at the beach. Here are some of our personal must-see sights.

Black Heritage Trail

Explore the history of Daytona's African American roots. This iconic trail celebrates the contributions made by residents like Jackie Robinson, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Daisy Stocking, a nurse who served the community working with orphanages, hospitals, and the local Girl Scouts.

Peabody Auditorium

Take in a concert or show at this time-honored venue, which serves as the home of the Daytona Symphony Orchestra. From comedy shows and concerts to big-budget Broadway musicals, the Peabody has been showcasing the arts in Daytona Beach for decades.

Daytona Playhouse

In the mood for something a little more intimate? The Daytona Playhouse has played host to countless community theatre events since 1946. The 2022 season offers up shows like To Die For, a spooky tale that takes place in a gothic mansion on a stormy night.

Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

Located on the campus of historic Bethune-Cookman University, this performing arts center has hosted everything from operas and symphonies to full-scale Broadway musicals.

Ocean Center

This sprawling convention center hosts a number of unique events year-round, from showcases and expos to large-scale conventions. The THRIVE Women's Conference, 24 Seven Dance Convention, and QuiltWeek are just some of the events on the upcoming calendar.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Dating all the way back to 1887, a visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a must while you're in Daytona Beach. Walk up to the top of this historic lighthouse which towers 175 feet in the air and learn more about the vital role lighthouses played in guiding ships safely along the coast.

Museum of Arts & Sciences

MOAS offers up one of the most unique museum experiences in the country. Explore history and culture through unique exhibits like Epiphany! Visions of Art, Art as Alchemy, and Tech Savvy: Home Technology from the 1890s to the 1990s.

Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art

Dive deep into works that celebrate the local area at this museum that houses the largest collection of Florida art in the world. With thousands of paintings on display, and a convenient location on the MOAS campus, this is another must-see stop.

Halifax Historical Museum

Learn about everything from the Florida Civil War to the history of race cars in Daytona Beach at this popular museum. Guests can also explore exhibits showcasing artifacts from the Spanish and British colonial-eras from around the region.

Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum

What visit to Daytona Beach would be complete without exploring the history of NASCAR and its ties to the city? This museum highlights a rotating selection of historic cars, vintage photos, memorabilia, merchandise and more.

If you're planning a trip to Daytona Beach to explore its art, history, and culture, The Shores Resort & Spa is located within minutes of these and other popular sights in Daytona Beach Shores. Plan your visit and wake up to breathtaking views of the beach. Book now for our best rates


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