Things to do in Daytona

Vinnie Van GO loves the beaches, speedways, and the great outdoors, and Daytona has become one of his favorite spots for all of these.

Daytona Beach is known as the Mecca for motorsports, and is the headquarters for NASCAR. Whether you’re headed to Daytona for race day, festival, day of golf, or just hitting the beach, Vinnie can be your personal guide. If you’re looking for things to do in Daytona, check out Vinnie Van GO’s Daytona Beach city guide today.

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Annual Events in Daytona

The Daytona 500

Since 1959, millions of visitors have been descending upon Daytona Beach for the The Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. Held in the month of February, the Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purses.

Bike Week

More than 500,000 motorcycles roll into Daytona for what is dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event.” Established in 1937, Bike Week is a 10-day event filled with street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and much more. Reserve a Bike Week festival shuttle today!

Country 500 Music Festival

A recent edition, the annual Country 500 Great American Music Fest takes place over Memorial Day weekend. Festival goers will be able to camp out in the infield for the entire weekend. The inaugural Country 500 in 2016 drew in 75,000 country music craving fans from across the country to Daytona Beach and promises to be a popular event for years to come. Visit Country500.com for more information.


Daytona International Speedway

This famous venue is home to the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400. On site is the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, at the Daytona International Speedway. There are other historical racing museums including the Living Legends of Auto Racing in South Daytona that entertain motorsports enthusiasts year-round. The Speedway offers many tours and events that appeal to race fans and non-fans alike.

Address:
1801 W International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Statue

This minor league baseball park is where ground-breaking African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game in 1946. The ballpark features a statue of Robinson, historical markers and a museum.

Address:
105 E. Orange Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Mary McLeod Bethune Home & Gravesite

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune rose from the daughter of enslaved parents to found Bethune-Cookman University and serve as a four-time presidential advisor. The home was built around 1904-05 and purchased in 1913 for Mrs. Bethune, where she lived until her passing in 1955.

Lillian Place

This Italianate Victorian House is the oldest house on Daytona's beachside, built in 1884 by one of the city's first settlers, Laurence Thompson. It is open to the public as a fully furnished museum and is even said to be haunted! Reserve transportation to Lillian Place or any of Daytona’s haunted spots.


Historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Tour

Learn the history of the Town of Ponce Inlet, its Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – the tallest in Florida - historic homes, cemeteries, parks, botanical gardens and more. Climb the 203 steps for breathtaking views!

Daytona Beach

The world famous Daytona Beach is 23 miles of white sand. Vehicles are allowed to drive during daylight and nearly every water sport can be found. Beach fun and people watching! With the area in the midst of investing nearly $2 billion in renovations and construction, there has never been a better time to visit Daytona Beach. Reserve a Daytona Beach shuttle today!

Ormond Beach

Those looking for a quieter scene can head north to Daytona’s’ next door neighbor, which offers a first-class resort experience with small-town grace.

Blue Spring State Park

Go see the Manatees at this park, which also features a myriad of water activities from scuba diving to kayaking. Take the whole family on an eco tour adventure to experience our unique environment firsthand.


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