Daytona Beach Sights and Landmarks Guide, Florida
Daytona Beach has had the epithet of ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ associated with it since the 1920s. The city’s 23 miles of shoreline continues to attract tourists even to this day just as it did then. Then of course, there are the NASCAR-events that attract race lovers. But if you are under the impression that these two sum-up Daytona Beach tourism then be ready to be pleasantly surprised. Once you have your round of beach-fun and auto races, there will still be other Daytona Beach sights, say of cultural or historical significance, nature or entertainment related, to keep you occupied for a short-stay.
Below we categorize different Daytona Beach sights under specific headings for your convenience:
Daytona Beach Sights – Natural Attractions
Speaking of Daytona’s natural attractions, we must first speak of the city’s beach (a segment of the beach has been designated the Canaveral National Seashore). The most interesting aspect of the city’s beach is that you can drive on it (except on the Canaveral National Seashore) during daytime. Again, like other beaches, the beach offers a wide range of recreational opportunities from camping, picnicking and sunbathing to volleyball, nature/historical trails and water-sports. If you visit between May and October, you may see sea-turtle at night when they come to lay eggs on the beach.
The city area also has some nice parks like Bicentennial Park, Birthplace of Speed Park and Oceanfront Park. The parks promise a whole lot of activities.
Daytona Beach Sights – Historic Attractions
Daytona Beach has some old buildings and even historic districts that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Seabreeze Historic District is particularly interesting and has about 600 historic buildings (some of which date back to the 1880s and 90s). Then, there’s the Bethune-Cookman College Historic District, Southwest Daytona Beach Black Heritage District and the South Peninsula Historic District.
Individual buildings include entries like Daytona Beach Bandshell (also known as the Broadwalk) built in 1936-37 and Jackie Robinson Ballpark (or City Island Ball Park) built in 1914.
Then there are the city’s many museums – Halifax Historical Museum, Klassix Auto Museum, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Southeast Museum of Photography. The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a special entry in this category. In use since the 1880s and located some 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, it is Florida’s tallest lighthouse with some 203 steps. The lighthouse is surrounded by a beautiful 52-acre park.
Daytona Beach Sights – Specialty Attractions
The city’s special attractions mostly have to do with NASCAR-racing. Visit Daytona International Speedway at 1801 W International Speedway Blvd. for a complete experience – it is not only the venue of NASCAR race events like Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but also of other racing events like Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series, AMA Daytona Sport Bike event Daytona 200, AMA Motocross bike racing event Daytona Supercross. Take time to view the exhibits at the adjoining park, where you can have some real as well as virtual racing experience.
The Little Chapel by the Sea will give you another experience for here you attend church services without even getting down from your car. Other Daytona Beach sights like the Marine Science Center, Daytona Lagoon Water Park and Sun Splash Park are perfect for family outings.
For those who have never been in the city, Daytona Beach has its own international airport (Daytona Beach International Airport) but you can also reach the city via other Florida cities like Jacksonville, Orlando or Tampa. Hope you enjoy your tour of Daytona Beach sights!
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