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7. Mary Bethune Home
The home of Dr Mary McLeod Bethune is located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. Dr. Bethune founded the university in 1904, originally named the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute. The Bethune-Cookman University was born from Bethune’s belief that education was vital to racial advancement.

Besides being an educator, Bethune served as a special advisor to President Roosevelt on minority affairs. She created her own civil rights organization, the National Council of Negro Women. On display are historic items like furniture, her original library and various family heirlooms. Guided tours here provide an inspiring insight into Bethune’s legacy.

6. Daytona Beach International Speedway
Since it opened in 1959, the Daytona Beach International Speedway has played host to varied motorsports events. Just about every event from stock car and sports car races to go-karting and motorcycle races. It’s perhaps best known as home to NASCAR’s most iconic race, the Daytona 500.

Enjoy a speedway tour where you can experience first-hand the 31-degree banks of the track. The tour includes a visit to the new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Here, you’ll see displays that showcase every form of motorsports. Tour upgrades are available that give access to the media deadline room, a photo in Gatorade Victory Lane, and other perks.

5. Richard Petty Driving Experience
While you’re visiting Daytona Beach International Speedway, why not get a real taste of racing in an actual NASCAR race car. Take a three-lap ride along or a six-lap ride along. More adventurous, take the wheel with the practice drive or the three-hour rookie experience. More exclusive packages include Checkered Flag, Victory Lane and the Advanced Racing Experience.

4. MOAS – Museum of Arts and Sciences
A museum visit is an ideal rainy-day excursion or just an afternoon away from the summer heat. Housed here is the world’s largest collection of Florida art at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Experience the universe through full-dome space films, lectures and special exhibits at the museum’s Planetarium..

3. Dolphin and Manatee Tours
Daytona Beach boasts a healthy population of dolphins and manatee, and paddleboard or kayak tours are an excellent way to spy them. This slow-paced tour is ideal for any age or skill level. Your guide instructs you on the basics of stand-up paddleboarding and shares highlights of the area and local marine life. You’ll ply through scenic canals, under bridges and along an island in a calm bay.

2. Daytona Lagoon Water Park and Arcade
This attraction offers both indoor and outdoor activities. From thrilling water rides and leisurely coasts down the lazy river to laser tag and go-kart rides. Cabana rentals are available if you’d like a little extra protection from the sun. Take advantage of a reduced admission rate during their Wednesday Family Fun Nite.

1. The Beach!
For guests at the Plaza Resort & Spa lounging on a peaceful traffic-free portion of Daytona Beach is a favorite option. Explore the beach and beyond with our complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, boogie boards and bicycles. Challenge your friends to a game of beach volleyball or hang out by the pool overlooking the ocean.

Call us today at (877) 935-6759 to book your Daytona Beach vacation at the Plaza Resort & Spa! Click here to visit our website for rates and specials.

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