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10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions and Things to Do in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is home to beautiful beaches to the Center of Racing. If you love exhilarating activities and events, this is the place to go. Daytona is a festive and vibrant city that should be on anyone's bucket list. There is no shortage of tourist attractions and things to do in Daytona Beach.


01 Go Fishing at Daytona Beach Pier

Blue skies and clear water in Daytona Beach in Florida

Catch some pompano, trout, and whiting at Daytona Fishing Pier -- the most popular fishing spot in the city. It's open every day, and it's free to throw in your line. Visitors without fishing equipment can purchase supplies at Sunglow Pier, just next to Crabby Joe's. Another popular fishing spot is Ormond Beach's Ames Park, which extends about 75 feet into the Halifax River. At this location, visitors can also play basketball or enjoy walking trails at Bicentennial Park.


02 Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Beachfront skyline in Daytona Beach, Florida

Plenty of activities await tourists at Daytona Boardwalk. The nightlife, shopping, beaches, water activities, golf courses, and spas are just a few reasons for visiting. You can rent bikes for scenic tours. The Halifax Historical Center and the Museum of Arts and Sciences will delight any history or art enthusiasts. Gift shops, restaurants, and snack bars are just about everywhere. Daytona Boardwalk is one of the frequently visited spots for fun with friends and the entire family.

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03 Watch a Motorsport Race at Daytona International Speedway

Motorsport race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL

Complete your vacation by watching an exhilarating and spectacular race you'll always remember. Opened in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway is home to the world-famous Daytona 500. Currently, the venue also hosts the Clash at Daytona, Speedweeks, Rolex 24, and Duel at Daytona. If you miss out on NASCAR season, take advantage of their open-air tram tours.


04 Join the Halifax River Yacht Club

Docked yachts at a yacht club

Members of the Halifax River Yacht Club get to enjoy the entire clubhouse overlooking the breathtaking Marina and the Halifax River -- and they don't even have to own a boat. The Tiki Bar is a fan favorite, featuring great local talent on Friday nights. A swimming pool is available for members, as well as lovely dining areas and pickleball and bocce ball courts.

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05 Watch a Concert at Daytona Beach Bandshell

Historical Daytona Beach Bandshell concert venue

Music lovers, rejoice! Every Friday at Bandshell Live, watch popular artists such as George Strait, Kid Rock, U2, INXS, and the Wildflowers light up the stage. The old amphitheater holds about 5,000 people, and is also a sought-after venue for weddings and other receptions.


06 Rent a Motor Vehicle to Tour Daytona Beach

A red hot rod cruises Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach is 23 miles long and about 500 feet wide. Although driving is allowed only in certain areas like Volusia County, this remains still an enjoyable activity for anyone that loves the beach. You can rent golf carts or motorbikes, but make sure you follow the 10 MPH speed limits!

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07 Play, Shop, or Dine in Downtown Daytona Beach

A palm lined shot of downtown Daytona Beach Florida looking north on Beach Street

For cultural attractions, visit the Cinematique Theater or the Halifax Harbor Marina. Are you looking for an apartment with riverfront views? Try the Beach Street Condos. If you want restaurants with good food, there's no shortage; Zappi's Italian Restaurant, Scuttlebutts Resto, and Zen Bistro Restaurant are a few good choices. What about visiting a chocolate factory or learning to paddleboard? Visit Downtown Daytona to experience the best of this coastal city.

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08 Chase the Waves

A surfer on the waves

You can't visit a coastal city without trying at least one or two water activities. The waves in Daytona are perfect for surfing, and beginners can attend one of several surfing schools, some of which also offer private lessons and summer camps, and even windsurfing and kitesurfing options. Whether you're a first-timer or a long-time pro, you'll love chasing the waves.

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09 Watch the Seagulls

A group of seagulls in flight

The city's shoreline serves as a habitat for several bird species. Some stick around all year, while others stop in to escape the snow in their homeland. Watching the birds as the sun sets is a great way to end a day in Daytona. You might see pelicans, northern gannets, black skimmers, and sanderlings.

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10 Amuse Yourself with Adventurous Activities

Ferris Wheel ride with cloudy blue sky in the background

You can experience numerous amusement park rides like the Spider, Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, and Orbiter at Daytona Beach Boardwalk. If screaming through the air isn't your thing, you can go canoeing or fishing, instead.

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