City of Daytona Beach, Florida

For most of its history, this city has been renowned for its hard-packed sand beaches that make it a prime location for motorsports. On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. The old Daytona Beach Road Course hosted races for over 50 years, and was replaced in 1959 by Daytona International Speedway. The city is also the headquarters for NASCAR. Though they host several racing events throughout the year, nearly a quarter million visitors descend on the city every year for the Daytona 500.

Daytona Lagoon is Daytona Beach’s Premier Waterpark and Family Entertainment Center.  Activities include The Lagoon Waterpark, Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Lazer Tag, HUGE Arcade and Rock Wall.

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Daytona Beach International Airport is a Volusia county-owned airport located 3 miles southwest of the central business district of Daytona Beach next to the Daytona International Speedway. It provides an alternative for visitors looking avoid the larger airports of Orlando and Jacksonville.

Step back into time at this chocolate factory! Creating sweet treats since 1925, Angell and Phelps has a variety of chocolates and other candies to choose from. Still using their old methods of making candy, guests can watch the magic happen through glass windows in the factory. They have dark, milk, and white chocolate creations, some of them even beachy themed, as well as chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, and chips. There's classic assortments and there's a create-your-own gourmet chocolate box where you get to pick what you want to take home. For non-chocolate items, the jelly beans, saltwater taffy, and peanut brittle are among the favorites! With fudge and sugar-free options as well, there's a little something here for everyone.

Bethune-Cookman University is a historically black college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is in Daytona Beach and offers many undergraduate and a few graduate programs in several fields.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

Captain Brad offers a unique fishing experience in the world famous Daytona Beach. He offers inshore, nearshore, and Shark Fishing trips at a very reasonable price compared to the competition. 

Congo River Golf has 8 different locations in the state of Florida and it's so much fun here! The mini golf course is perfect for those with little kids, as well as the gemstone mining feature that sits on the grounds. But what makes this place so unique is the fact that there are live alligators here to pet and feed. Only the baby alligators can be held and pet but the bigger ones are more interesting to watch when they eat. So find a location near you to check this cool experience!

If you're a fan of old school games, this is the place to check out! They have game consoles from the 1970s until the early 2000s, so it's quite a flashback in time for those who grew up during those decades. For those who want to see what gaming was like during those years, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out. From Donkey Kong to Pac-Man to a variety of pinball machines, there's so many games to play. This is a museum where you're encouraged to play the machine! The first ever video arcade game, Computer Space, resides here too. Gamers much check out this cool museum!

There's many adventures to be had at Daytona Beach Zipline Adventures! With 8 different zipline courses, ranging from beginner to professional, visitors can fly above the beautiful greenery of Tuscawilla Park. Some courses have a height of almost 50 feet off the ground and over 500 feet in length. But it's not just ziplining that you can expect to find here. Over 40 different aerial activities are offered, so you could walk across rope bridges, ladders, tight rope cables, and a tight wire if you're brave enough.

Located on Daytona Beach, the Boardwalk is full of fun games, cool shops, and exhilarating rides that will take your breath away. The Boardwalk is sometimes known as the "Broadwalk" because of the wide width of the walkway and because it's made of cement instead of wooden boards. It includes two arcades full of games that throw out tickets to the winners so they can get prizes for their earnings. There are two small snack shops that provide your regular fair food like French fries, ice cream, burgers, and pizza. The rides include a Ferris wheel, Slingshot, Tilt-O-Whirl, Go-Carts, and a roller coaster. During the summer months, there are free concerts to enjoy at the Bandshell on the north end of the area. And it's all just steps away from the Daytona Beach, so be sure to bring your swim suit for some fun in the sand. 

Opened in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway is the home of the Daytona 500, which is the most prestigious race in NASCAR history. But it's not just NASCAR that races on the grounds, it's also AMA Superbikes and Motocross, as well as a few others. The lake on the infield of the track has hosted powerboat racing in the past, so it's more than just cars here at the Daytona International Speedway. The cool thing about the racetrack is even if there is no race happening, visitors are still allowed to go in and tour the track. It's a huge area with seating for more than 100,000 fans. With multiple layouts and tracks, it's the perfect place for racers of all kinds to check out. 

The Daytona Playhouse is a small community theater in Daytona. It has been putting on plays and musicals to entertain audiences since 1946.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world's largest fully accredited university that specializes in aviation and aerospace. It has two campuses in Prescott, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona Beach campus offers about 30 majors in addition to it's most well-known Aeronautical programs.

The Ocean Center is a convention and event complex in the heart of Daytona Beach offering more than 205,000 sf of meeting space. The Ocean Center hosts events large and small, and offers a unique experience with neighboring Ocean Walk Village Shoppes, colorful restaurants, 10-screen theaters and the beach just steps away. 

Oliv Epicurean Grill is an Mediterranean inspired restaurant that has both vegan and meat options for those who enjoy them. They are known to make traditional style dishes with a modern twist.   

Pasha Middle East Café inc. is a restaurant that supports healthy living and only uses the freshest ingredients to cook with. While the cuisine itself is versatile, the café welcomes everyone to try their fresh juices and Middle Eastern dishes ranging from Vegetarian and Vegan to having meat options as well.  

The Red Bug Cafe serves different styles of food from around the world, mainly from Australia and the Balkrans. It is more than just food but allows people of all cultures to enjoy the cuisine under one roof.

Sharkey's Eats and Drinks is a family friendly restaurant that has various types of food and is welcoming to everyone. Sharkey's is the place to go for every occasion, while being an affordable neighborhood restaurant.

With such a unique name like Strippin' Lips, Captain Dave will give you a very unique experience for you, your friends, and family. Serving the Volusia Area for years, they will seriously put you on the fish!

Embry-Riddle's Avion Newspaper is the source for news on campus and in the aviation and aerospace industry. Lead entirely by students, for students, The Avion covers all major events on the ERAU campus and in the Florida area including rocket launches and air shows.

The mission of The Chiles Academy is to combine a community of support and guidance for pregnant and parenting students with the goal of attaining a high school diploma, which will empower them to become independent and responsible citizens.

The Peabody Auditorium is a theater that first opened in Daytona Beach in 1949. Since then, it has hosted some of the worlds most influential musicians, amazing broadway shows, and world class orchestras.

UCF was founded in 1963, and has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation. With over 64,000 students and offering more than 200 degree programs in 13 colleges, and locations throughout Central Florida (Altamonte Springs, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Valencia West), plus online programs, UCF offers something for everyone. 

The Volusia Mall is Daytona Beach's premier shopping destination. Here you will find all kinds of great shopping, many options for dining, and entertainment for the whole family.

An independent non-commercial educational public television station located in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is owned and operated by Daytona State College.

Zen Bistro is a authentic Thai restaurant that has lots of cuisine options including vegan and vegetarian. The cooks use the freshest produce and finest ingredients they can find so each meal is held to the upmost highest standards.  

Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat. 

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Making a Day Trip to Daytona Beach
There's a lot to do in Daytona but if you're only going for a few hours, here's a list of things you have to check out!
Samantha Kern