Lillian Place, oldest home beachside
Summer isn't the only time to enjoy the sun and sand. With perpetual sunny weather and a host of activities and adventures to embark upon, Daytona Beach is a prime location for a getaway any time of year. Having The Plaza Resort & Spa as your home base makes it the perfect place to stay, close to everything.
Soak up some local history with a tour of Lilian Place Historic House or the Mary McLeod Bethune Home. Built in 1884, Lilian Place is the oldest home beachside of Daytona Beach. There’s even a ghost story to go along with it! The Mary McLeod Bethune Home is a National Historic Site. It was the residence of Dr. Mary Bethune, and was the first headquarters of the organization she founded — the National Council of Negro Women. Bethune was a civil rights leader, educator, and founder of Bethune-Cookman University.
Tool around the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach. With more than 60 shops, attractions, and restaurants, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Stock up on fresh produce, local crafts, and artisanal treats at the Farmers’ Market, open each Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For a sweet treat, head to Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory for a tour and free samples!
Of course with average winter temps of 68 degrees, a stroll on the beach is always a good option.
Bikers at the Plaza Resort & Spa
Daytona Beach plays host to what’s been called the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event”. Bike Week has been a March staple for more than seven decades. This ten-day event includes street festivals, bike shows, rallies, concerts, and other diversions.
March 25th and 26th you can sample fresh strawberries (and the yummy desserts that showcase them!) nearby at the Deland Strawberry Festival. An ideal family attraction, the festival features a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, and live music.
Sea Turtle hatchling and eggs
Building sandcastles, hitting the surf, or just lounging in the sand may be favorite plan for many summer days. However, Daytona Beach teems with outdoor lures that aren’t always seaside.
Once home to the 1940s theme park, Bongoland, The Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens are set within 12 acres of verdant gardens that include the remains of an English sugar mill. Life-size dinosaur statues, remnants of the theme park, are popular with younger visitors
Of course, if you’d rather be on the sand, head over to the North Peninsula State Recreation Area. Open daily with free admission, this 900-acre park provides two miles of beach with palmetto dunes, sea turtle sightings, and some of the best surf fishing around.
Daytona Beach Greek Festival
Daytona Beach is known as the “Festival Capital of Florida”, so there’s a good chance you’ll have your pick of events any time of year. However, with average highs of the mid-70s and average lows in the mid-60s, autumn in Daytona Beach is ideal festival time. Oktoberfest, the Greek Festival, Halifax Art Festival, and the Daytona Blues Festival are just a few to consider.
No matter what time of year you visit Daytona Beach, you’ll find lots of ways to create lasting vacation memories.