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Spend a fun four days on a whirlwind vacation adventure around Daytona Beach, one of the most entertaining spots in the Sunshine State!
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is known to be the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest in the nation, a great first stop on your fun Daytona Beach trip. This lighthouse is an integral part of the Ponce Inlet, the "nation’s best beach," home to the best East Coast surfing and tons of historical, cultural, and entertainment opportunities. The lighthouse itself will allow your group to step back in time and learn all about the rich cultural background of this area, as well as take in the best views the beach has to offer! Standing at an astounding 175 feet tall and boasting 203 steps, this lighthouse is also known as the best preserved and most authentic historic light station in the nation, with 170,000 guests annually climbing the steps to this National Historic Landmark. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the scenery, and also plan enough time to take an informative group tour here before you go!
Inlet Harbor Marina and Restaurant - We hope you’re hungry, because your next stop is one of our favorite Daytona Beach fresh seafood eateries, the entire complex the perfect place to enjoy great food, amazing ocean views, and some of the most authentic Daytona cultural vibes possible! Here on Inlet Harbor Road you and your group will get to enjoy the Harbor Restaurant, Marina, and Gift Shop, the main attraction being the both indoor and outdoor seafood shack with casual, tropical decor serving up some of the freshest seafood in Daytona! The tropical environment allows you to enjoy entertainment, river and bay views, and even views of the historic lighthouse, not to mention all the food, spirits, and hospitality you can handle! One of the best options food-wise here in our opinion is hands down the "cook your catch" option, a great way to eat your very own freshly caught fish for only $6.99, plus fresh sides of hush puppies and coleslaw!
Daytona 500 Experience - Get ready for some high-speed adventure as your group gets the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Daytona International Speedway like the racers do with the Daytona 500 Experience! This one hour speedway tour lets visitors see never before seen parts of the track such as the Daytona 500 Club, Sprint Tower, and Sprint Cup Garage, as well as the more visited locations like the Gatorade Victory Lane and Sprint Fan Zone. This experience was created to let fans have a more in-depth view of the inner workings of the Daytona race world and includes a seasonal Richard Petty Driving Experience, Chevy 16-second pit stop challenge, and interactive Acceleration Alley features. You’ll even get a chance to dine as close to the track as possible at the Fourth Turn Grill and be sure to pick up a souvenir model car on your way out of this fast-paced true Daytona destination.
Beach Street - End your day and essential Florida experience at this historic retail area located in the heart of downtown Daytona. This scenic riverfront shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca will give your group the perfect mix of local history and culture as well as fun and relaxation. These locally owned shops and services provide great shopping opportunities, perfect for that essential Daytona Beach souvenir. There are also multiple chances to enjoy great food with everything ranging from fresh and local seafood or sushi to authentic Italian or French cuisine. You can even stop by the Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory to fill that sweet tooth craving! On the opposite side, be sure to stop at Florida’s oldest farmers market, if you happen to be here on a Saturday, with an impressive spread of local delicacies. Beach Street offers opportunities to see the Daytona Tortugas play on the historic waterfront Jackie Robinson Ballpark, as well as visit the Halifax History Museum for local history and culture lessons!
Ocean Walk Shoppes - Ocean Walk Shoppes and Movies, located right on Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach, is one of the most popular places to visit, an amazing paradise of shopping, entertainment, and dining that is guaranteed to provide a little bit of something for everyone in your group! This open-air shopping mall was opened in 2001 and features a more modern design, many eye-catching bold, bright, geometric shapes catching the eye of passersby from blocks away.The setting of this complex is unique, a mostly urban architecture style building sitting right alongside a local historic Bandshell, as well as gorgeous beach-side panoramic views! This entire area will delight your group and provide them with some of the most unique and authentic dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences in all of Daytona Beach. After dinner and shopping it’s time for a show, the onsite theater complex providing a RealD 3D theater, IMAX, or Extreme Theater, complete with wall to wall screens and comfortable reclining seats!
Daytona Beach Trolley Boats - Right next to Ocean Walk Shoppes you will find your next "amphibious adventure," an exciting and informative tour of the area aboard a Daytona Beach Trolleyboat! On this fun and immersive tour of Daytona Beach your group will get to see the sights of the Halifax River, Beach Street, and Daytona Beach itself. See the area between the mainland and the world-famous beach and spot many local iconic historic and natural sights. Enjoy free dolphin and manatee sightings, as well as several sightings of sea turtles, seabirds, and tons of other interesting indigenous wildlife to the Daytona Beach area. Your group will see many local historic buildings throughout the trolley trip and even be able to enjoy an educational 75-minute narrated tour that will lead you through road, river, and beach and fill you in on all the important Daytona Beach details! Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the amazing sights on this stop!
Cracker Creek Canoeing - Welcome to Cracker Creek Canoeing, one of the absolute best spots near Daytona Beach to get close to nature and spend some time exploring the aquatic ways of the Sunshine State. Cracker Creek is a privately owned and operated family ecotourism business that opened here in 2006. This portion of the creek is located on the western end of larger waterway Spruce Creek, a unique natural black water stream near New Smyrna. This gorgeous creek is one of only a few left undisturbed in Florida and will astound you with it’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife. This spot in Cracker Creek is one of the few launch sites to the Spruce Creek Canoeing trail, and truly the only public access point west of the highway. Enjoy hourly or daily canoe or kayak rentals here, your group able to rent 17 foot aluminum canoes or kayaks!
Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) - The Museum of Arts and Sciences, commonly known as MoAS, is the premiere art, science, and history museum in the central Florida area and is also the area’s largest museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, this museum offers information on a wide range of interests hosting over 30,000 permanent objects. Located on a 90-acre Floridian nature preserve, MoAS houses several facets of education including the Cuban Foundation Fine and Folk Arts Museum which holds the largest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba. Your group can also explore American or European Fine and Decorative Arts, Pre-Colombian and African Artifacts, Pleistocene fossils, an impressive outdoor sculpture garden, and learn about Florida and regional natural history. The complex boasts a 40 foot domed planetarium and a museum dedicated to the history and influence of Coca-Cola as well!
Museum of Florida Art - Welcome to the Museum of Florida Art DeLand, the vital and interactive community visual arts museum dedicated to "collecting, presenting, study, display, and educational use of the fine arts." Located within the Stetson University on Woodland Boulevard, first founded in 1951, this locally loved 5013 organization contains a quite impressive permanent collection as well as plays host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks, artist workshops, and even annual special onsite events. You and your group can see such exhibits as DeLand Sculpture Walk, a seriously fun fine art stroll through some sculptures, as well as Legendary Florida, a locally focused art exhibit. Choose between many daily available adult tours and education options, educational field trip tours, day camps, and tons of other family fun options during your visit. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes so you can see it all, the entire museum an excellent way to immerse yourself into local culture, history, and even education!
Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory - What better way to end your night than at the world-famous Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory, the locally loved and nationally acclaimed chocolate factory with a history as rich as their confections! The chocolate here is made the same way as it was in 1925 when two women by the names of Riddell Angell and Cora Phelps created some of the tastiest batches of chocolate in America, even in the days of hot pre-air conditioning Florida! Enjoy old fashioned virtues alongside quick and friendly service, the products at hand being some of the most flavorful and fresh of anywhere in the state! Enjoy a free tour, a great opportunity to learn all about the history, culture, and process behind old-fashioned chocolate making. After you’ve sampled their most popular treats such as the macadamia honeybee, dark chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, strawberries, graham crackers, and even potato chips you will easily see why Tripadvisor.com has named this destination one of the Top 10 Sweetest in America.
Mary McLeod Bethune's Home and Gravesite - Next stop, the historic home of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Historic Landmark that serves as the former home of a beloved civil rights leader, now turned museum. Built in 1915, this home of internationally renowned educator and civil rights leader is filled with fascinating artifacts and photos during Dr. Bethune’s occupancy. The home/museum is located on the land in which Dr. Bethune first founded Bethune-Cookman University, the campus proudly boasting her continued legacy. Not only was Dr. Bethune well known for her education and community outreach efforts, but she was also the creator of the National Council of Negro Women as well as the highest ranking African American Administrator in 1936. Guided tours of the home are available by appointment only, but you are still welcome to come explore the home with or without a tour planned. The interior of this house is filled with fascinating memorabilia and artifacts, such as photographs of celebrity visitors and the U.S. President lining the walls.
Museum at Harley Davidson - The Museum at Harley Davidson, otherwise known as Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley Davidson, is a locally loved chain selling the famous motorcycle brand’s signature swag and more! This original Ormond Beach location today features a massive 109,000 square foot showroom off of US Highway 1 with thousands of cycles, genuine Harley Davidson motor clothes, parts, and so much more. Not only will you get to experience the massively impressive showroom, but you will also get to see the recently moved Museum Store, itself a 20,000 square foot area featuring several different informative displays, memorabilia, and antique retail. This is a seriously amazing opportunity to immerse yourselves into the culture and history of this beach area, a past dotted with many motorcycles and racecars! While here your group can expect to be among between 125,000 to 500,000 others just as excited as you are, that is if you are here during Bike Week or Biketoberfest!