Where to Go for a Weekend Getaway in Daytona Beach
A weekend getaway in Daytona Beach, Florida is an excellent idea. This place is teeming with beautiful attractions, historical landmarks, museums and family fun activities. To help you plan your weekend trip, here’s a list of the top must-see places in Daytona:
This 23-mile long white sandy shoreline is one of the most famous beaches in the world and a must-see attraction if you’re in Daytona. Because of its hard-packed sand, this beach was used for car and motorcycle racing way back in 1902. And in 1936, this same spot was used for the Daytona Beach Road Course which ended in 1958 after the Daytona International Speedway was built.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States which also serves as the National Historic Landmark of the city since 1998. The 175-foot tower is worth the climb. Take the 203 steps and enjoy spectacular views of the Daytona Beach and the north bank of the Ponce Inlet, where the Halifax and Indian River meet.
Daytona International Speedway
If racing is in your blood, you can’t miss out on the world famous Daytona International Speedway, home of the annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race. Since opening in 1959, it has gained its fame as the host of some of the biggest race events. You can take a walk at the race track for FREE on non-event days or you can take a guided tour that will take you through Daytona International Speedway, and help you learn more about its history. Visit their website for more information.
Marine Science Center
The Marine Science Center is a fantastic place to visit with your family. Experience and learn about marine habitats and wildlife at the exhibit gallery. You’ll be dazzled by the huge, 5000-gallon hexagonal artificial reef aquarium in the middle of the gallery. You’ll also have fun enjoying the stingray touch pool, which features cownose rays.
Discover and gain a better understanding of various bird species at the Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary. You can also swing by the Bird Observation Tower and enjoy a splendid view of the Ponce Inlet; at the same time, get spellbound by the beauty of various bird species flying in the sky such as the pelicans, cormorants, Peregrine falcons, egrets and more. You can also see rehabilitation in action at the Turtle Terrace or take a stroll at the handicap-friendly Nature Trail. And lastly, drop by at the Marine Science Center Gift Shop to grab some souvenirs for you and your family.
The Beach Street
For your shopping, dining and entertainment cravings, The Beach Street is where it all comes to pass. Take a stroll between Bay Street and Orange Avenue in the downtown area of Daytona Beach for your shopping spree. When you are famished, head to Halifax River and choose from among the riverfront restaurants in the area. They offer a variety of cuisines such as American, French, Italian, Chinese, Mexican and more. For entertainment, you’ll find these places amusing: Cinematique Theatre, The Halifax Harbor Marina, the Halifax History Museum, and theatre performances at the News-Journal Center.
See you at the beach!