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Things to Do and See in Daytona including Attractions, Museums, Nightlife,
Sights, Events, History, Arts, Theatre, Landmarks in the Daytona Beach Area

Canaveral National Seashore

7611 S. Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach
(386) 428-3384
Vehicle-free beach.  Lagoons.  Nature trials.  Eldora State house historic site.
Turtle Mound archeological site. Primitive camping. $5.00 per vehicle.  Senior
rates. Park open daily 6am-6pm.

Birthplace of Speed Park

S.R. A1A and Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-3216
This oceanfront park commemorates the first automobile race held on the adjacent beach in 1903.  Picnic area.  Restrooms.  Dune walkover.  Open daily runrise to sunset.  Admission:  free.

Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site

Old Dixie Highway, north of Ormond Beach
(386) 517-2084
Founded in 1821, "Bulow Ville" plantation was destroyed in the Seminole Indian War. Ruins and open-air museum.  Picnic facilities and canoe rentals.  Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

The Casements

25 Riverside Drive
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-3216
Former winter home of John D. Rockefeller. Contains Rockefeller period room and other exhibits.  Tours are offered 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Debary Hall Historic Site

210 Sunrise Blvd.
Debary, FL  32713
(386) 688-3840
Once the retreat of the rich and famous, this public site now offers a window on the history of the St. Johns River.

Dummett Sugar Mill Ruins

Bulow Creek State Park
Old Dixie Highway north of Ormond Beach
(386) 676-4050
Located on what was known as the Dummett Plantation, these ruins are of what is believed to be the first steam-powered sugar mill in Florida.  Admission:  free.

Freemanville Historic Site

3431 Ridgewood Ave.
Port Orange
(386) 756-5201
A state historic marker was unveiled in February 2003 recognizing this historic community settled by free slaves after the Civil War in 1867.  Two of the community's original buildings remain.

Howard Thurman Home

614 Whitehall Street
Daytona Beach
(386) 258-7514
Childhood home of Dr. Howard Thurman, mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Included on the Florida Black Heritage Trail.

Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Statue

105 E. Orange Ave.
Daytona Beach
(386) 257-3172
This active Class A affiliate ballpark remains much the same as it was on March 17, 1946 when Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game. 

Daytona Ghost Walk

Main Street & Peninsula Drive
Daytona Beach
(386) 253.6034
An entertaining journey blending history, scientific data and haunting tales.
Tours begin at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  Tickets are $8.  Children
under 6 are free.  Reservations required.

"New Deal" Permanent Exhibit
Bethune-Cookman College, Carl S. Swisher Library

640 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach
(386) 481-2200
Established by Smithsonian Institute.  Showcases contributions of FDR's "Black Cabinet."  Hours are subject to the academic calendar, including holidays, and semester breaks. 

Old Daytona
Beach Street and surrounding area
Daytona Beach

Sleepy tree-lined streets where the town began in the early 1870s. Downtown Halifax Historic Museum.  Live Oak Inn.  Riverfront park contains Burgoyne and Brownie the town dog memorials.

Ormond Tomb Park

3268 Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach
(386) 257-6000, ext. 5953
13 acres with nature trails and historic markers.  Picnic Area.  Playground.  Restrooms.  Volleyball.  Open daily sunrise to sunset.  Admission:  free.

Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts

Two blocks west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and State Road 40
(386) 749-2959
Ten-acre area contains exhibits depicting lifestyle of early settlers. Folk crafts.  Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Adult admission:  $2.50.  Children 5 - 12:  $1.50

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
4931 S. Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet
(386) 761-1821
More than 100 years old, the 175-foot lighthouse is the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. Museum displays.  Rare Fresnel Lens exhibit. Gift shop. 203-step climb to the top. Open daily 10 am - 5 p.m. (fall/winer), 10am-9pm (Memorial Day till Labor Day). Adult admission: $5.  Children: $1.50

Rosewood Exhibit
Bethune-Cookman College, Carl S. Swisher Library

640 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach
(386) 255-1401, ext. 321
Depicts life in the community of Rosewood, Florida from 1845 to the infamous Rosewood Massacre of January 1, 1923.  Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Speeding Through Time
Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Daytona Beach
Granite blocks built into the boardwalk chronicle the history of racing in the Daytona Beach area up to 1959 when the Daytona International Speedway opened.

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens

950 Old Sugar Mill Road
Port Orange
(386) 767-1735
English sugar mill ruin. Botanical gardens. Life-size concrete dinosaur statues.  Human sundial.  Open daily from dawn to dusk.  Admission: free.

Tomoka Mounds and Middens

Tomoka State Park
2099 N. Beach St.
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-4050
This archaelological site is a large complex of burial mounds and shell middens that comprise one of the earliest Native American settlements on the Central East Coast of Florida.  Admission.


Daytona International Speedway

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach
(386) 253-RACE (7223)
Enjoy NASCAR, IROC, AMA, sports car, and other racing throughout the year.

Daytona USA
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
(386) 947-6800
Daytona USA is a one-of-a-kind interactive motorsports attraction featuring hands-on activities designed to appeal to everyone. Among the high-energy motorsports shows and activities at the "Official Attraction of NASCAR"
include the motion simulator rides "ACCELERATION ALLEY" and "DAYTONA DREAM LAPS," "The Daytona 500 Movie" and the 16-second-Pit-Stop-Challenge. Also, don't forget to check out the winning Daytona 500 car
in Gatorade Victory Lane or take a behind scenes 30-minute tour of Daytona International Speedway.

Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum

253 Riverside Drive
Holly Hill
(386) 257- 2828
Early racing memorabilia.  Antique racers.  Photographs.  Open Wed. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission:  free.

Lighthouse Point Park

5000 S. Atlantic Ave.
Ponce Inlet
(386) 756-7488
Lighthouse Point Park consists of 52 acres of pristine land on the north side of Ponce de Leon Inlet. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and picnicking. A variety of wildlife call the park home, including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey. Lighthouse Point Park is open from 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. There is a $3.50 per vehicle admission charge.

Sun Splash Park

611 S. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach
(386) 736-5953
Beachgoers can sun, splash and beat the heat at Volusia County’s Sun Splash Park. The park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and a Coca-Cola-sponsored "cool zone." The four-acre facility also provides 95 off-beach parking spaces. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Entry is free.

Oceanfront Park

East of the Adam's Mark Resort (100 N. Atlantic Avenue)
Daytona Beach
(386) 258-4543
With its picturesque view of the Atlantic shoreline and close proximity to local eating and drinking establishments, Oceanfront Park includes a large grass area and a lighted volleyball court. Entry is free.

Tom Renick Park

1565 Oceanshore Blvd.
(386) 736-5953
Sheltered picnic areas. Playground with padded floor.  Disability-accessible restrooms.  Water fountain.  Outdoor showers.  Fifty off-street parking spaces.  Handicapped parking.  Wheelchair accessible walkway.  Admission:  free.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
(800) BE-PETTY, (704) 455-9443
Experience Daytona Beach at 150 mph.  Ride along or learn to dive yourself on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile track. Packages include admission to DAYTONA USA. Call for times and prices.

Speed Park Motorsports

201 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach
(386) 253-FAST (3278) email us at:
Three go-kart racetracks.  Includes dragsters that go from 0-75 mph!

African American and Caribbean American Museum of Art

325 S. Clara Avenue
(386) 736-4004 
Permanent gallery containing more than 150 pieces of African and Caribbean art.  Six rotating visual arts exhibits. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday.

Art League of Daytona Beach

433 S. Palmetto Avenue
Daytona Beach
(386) 258-3856
Changing monthly exhibits.  The League hosts workshops, classes and demonstrations throughout the year and features an art video library.  Open 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach
(800) 393-6975, (386) 427-6975
Artists-in-residence community. Gallery exhibitions, performances, and tours. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. except on holidays. Admission is free.

Fred Dana Marsh Museum
Tomoka State Park

2099 N. Beach Street
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-4040
Collection of the works by Ormond Beach sculptor and architect, Fred Dana Marsh.  Also various cultural, natural, and historical exhibits indigenous to the area.  Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

Halifax Historical Museum

252 S. Beach Street
Daytona Beach
(386) 255-6976
Showcases the history of the Daytona Beach area. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Adult admission:  $3.00.  Children less than 12:  $1.00.  Children free on Saturdays.

Harvey W. Lee Jr. Memorial Gallery
Mary McLeod Bethune Fine Arts Center

Bethune-Cookman College
151 Lincoln Street, Daytona Beach
(386) 255-1401, ext. 522
Changing exhibits feature the work of artists throughout the Southeast.  Permanent collection of African art.  Tours Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Museum of Arts and Sciences

1040 Museum Blvd.
Daytona Beach
(386) 255-0285
Multi-cultural exhibits in art, science and history. Permanent and traveling exhibitions.  Planetarium shows.  Open Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

78 East Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-3347
Lush tropical gardens.  Nature trails, fish ponds and fountains.  Museum features changing monthly exhibits. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Daytona Beach Community College, Building 100
1200 International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach
(386) 254-4475
Florida's official museum of photography.   Admission is free. Open Monday & Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


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