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A Day in Daytona Beach - From Surfing and Biking to Splashing and Hiking

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The motor experiences that draw visitors to Daytona Beach range from car races to Bike Week, an annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists. But there are plenty of things to see and do even if you aren’t revving an engine. You can learn to surf in New Smyrna, sample craft beers at local microbreweries, or climb to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Historic Daytona Beach


History and architecture buffs should plan to take a drive or stroll through Daytona's Seabreeze Historic District. Settled in the late 19th century, Seabreeze is home to an eclectic collection of historical structures. You can relive beach life of centuries past as you take in the Mission Revival and Colonial homes. If your craving for architecture still isn’t sated, you can drive 13 minutes north of Seabreeze to The Casements. This Queen Anne-style mansion was once the winter home of John D. Rockefeller. You can take a tour of the house before wandering the landscaped gardens overlooking the Halifax River.


Wet and wild fun


If you've always wanted to learn to surf, the Daytona stretch of the Atlantic is a great place to start. The waves are perfect for catching a ride, but gentle enough for beginners. Surfin' NSB is a family-run business based out of Florida surfing mecca New Smyrna Beach. They offer group and private lessons, and will even come to your favorite surf spot. For a thrilling day of fun and adventure you can head to Daytona Lagoon, a water park and entertainment centre filled with water tunnels and slides, go-kart track, laser tag arena, and mini golf course.


  • Surfin' NSB, LLC, New Smyrna Beach; Tel: +1 386 243 9283; Website: Surfin' NSB, LLC

  • Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach 32118; Tel: +1 386 254 5020; Website: Daytona Lagoon


Daytona for foodies


Ormond Brewing Company is a gem you'll find tucked away in an industrial area. Thursdays through Sundays you can cool down with craft IPAs and wine in the cozy taproom. There's even a beer garden where you can play games among some of the brewery's homegrown ingredients. If you prefer cocoa to hops, head to Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. You can take a 20-minute tour of the facilities and snack on chocolate samples as you go. On the way out, you can pick up some treats for the road, like chocolate alligators or fudge.



Lush parks, scenic views


Tuscawilla Park is perfect for those days when you want to reconnect with nature. You can meander along trails in the cool shade of palm trees and oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Those looking to get a bit more active can hit up the disc golf course or soar through the treetops on zip lines. For spectacular scenic views, you can climb the 203 steps of Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Once you've reached the top of the 175-foot tower, you'll be treated to a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.


  • Tuscawilla Park, 1000 Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach 32114; Tel: +1 386 671 3400; Website: Tuscawilla Park

  • Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet 32127; Tel: +1 386 761 1821; Website: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse


Beachside bike rides


If you want to see Daytona Beach through the eyes of its locals, you'll need to rent a bike. You can head to Daytona Bicycle centre to pick up a beach cruiser - ideal for leisurely rides on both sidewalk and sand. They can also deliver bikes to your hotel, so you can cruise the coastline like a native.


  • Daytona Bicycle centre, 362A West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach 32174; Tel: +1 386 676 1690; Website: Daytona Bicycle centre