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Daytona Beach Attractions

Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort for Sightseeing and Sports

Daytona Beach is often dubbed the "World’s Most Famous Beach” – and for good reason. From great beaches and sporting activities to shopping and nightlife, the area teems with exciting diversions for families, couples or single vacationers.

Daytona boasts 23 miles of public access beach to explore. There’s plenty to do beyond the sand, too. Whether you opt for a deep-sea excursion or just want to cast a line off the pier, you’ll find ample fishing opportunities in Daytona Beach. Flats fishing is also popular in the estuaries of the Indian River Lagoon and the Tomoka Basin.

Other water activities like jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, surfing, and countless other pastimes lure ocean lovers daily.

If your stay falls between May 15th and October 31st, you may spy one of our popular marine visitors – the sea turtle. At night the turtles emerge from the ocean to lay eggs in their sandy nests. When they hatch two months later, hundreds of baby turtles scramble back into the ocean.

Daytona Beach is also one of Florida’s fastest growing golf destinations. Recently dubbed one of the top 15 places to play in the nation by Golf Digest, Daytona Beach provides miles of world-class greens on which to test your skills.

A variety of malls, souvenir shops, and local boutiques provide ample shopping possibilities. Check out the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market on Bellevue Avenue. Listed as one of the top ten markets in the world by the Travel Channel, it features 600 vendors and over 1,000 booths. Local artisans, crafters and antiques dealers offer custom jewelry, original artwork, locally made gourmet foods, and fresh produce.

Daytona Beach is also home to a thriving arts community. Performing arts venues, museums, and art galleries entertain and inspire local residents and visitors alike.

Sunset provides another way to see Daytona Beach. Evenings here can be as lively or as laid back as you want - from comedy clubs and dance clubs to local pubs and wine bars.

However you decide to spend your time here, Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort is the ideal place to base yourself. With spacious guestrooms, delicious onsite dining, and an extensive list of amenities, it’s like you’re home – only better.

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Daytona Lagoon

Distance: 3 Blocks From Hotel

601 Earl Street
Daytona Beach
(386) 254-5020

Visit Daytona Lagoon, and spend an exciting day with the family enjoying both wet & dry park activities. At the waterpark, you’ll plunge down thrilling waterslides such as Blackbeard’s Revenge, a tunnel of winding darkness, and Adventure Mountain, 2 sloping slaloms that crash down into a cool pool of water or the Lagoon’s newest ride… Kraken’s Conquest, a 55 ft., 4 lane speed race. There’s also Pelican’s Drift (Lazy River) where you can sit back in your tube and lazily drift your way around Castaway Bay.

Dry park fun include the 25 ft. Rock Wall Climb, zip around in the high performance Go-Karts around the winding multi-level, banked raceway, play Laser Tag, or test your skill on the Mini-Golf course. Daytona Lagoon also offers the hottest new video arcade games and Gilligan’s Sports Bar & Grill offers a variety of drinks to cool off with and delicious meals so you can re-fuel. Gilligan’s also features a number of plasma televisions, pool tables and dart boards.

The Boardwalk Amusements

Distance: 3 Block From Hotel

1200 Main Street
Daytona Beach
(386) 254-8200

Located along Atlantic Ocean, on the Historic Daytona Beach Boardwalk is adjacent to the pier and amongst the shop stalls along the boardwalk. Look for the 100 foot Ferris Wheel!

Bethune-Cookman University

Distance: 2.6 Miles From Hotel

Bethune-Cookman University

Embry Riddle University

Distance: 4.6 Miles From Hotel

Embry Riddle University

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Distance: 4.6 Miles From Hotel

1040 Museum Blvd.
Daytona Beach
Tel: (386) 255-0285

The whole family will enjoy interactive experiences, exhibitions, and objects that tell the story of Florida’s historical and cultural development, from prehistory to present. The Center is home to the most complete fossil record discovered in Florida. Permanent exhibits include Africa: Life and Ritual, Gallery of Chinese Art, Cuba – A History in Art Cuba, Gallery of American Art, The Roots family collection- consisting of 800 Teddy Bears, decorative arts and more.

NASCAR - Daytona International Speedway

Distance: 5.4 Miles From Hotel

"The World’s Most Famous Raceway” the Daytona International Speedway is located just five miles from the Plaza Resort & Spa. Home of the Daytona 500, the Pepsi 400 and the Rolex Races the Speedway also features a variety of attractions that are a must for race fans from around the world.

Enjoy a Speedway Tour or get "racing interactive” in the pits at the Daytona Experience. Be courageous with a 165 mile an hour drive around the Speedway Track at the Richard Petty Experience. There’s always lots to do at the Daytona International Speedway for race fans and folks that just want to have a lot of fun!

Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum

Distance: 1.2 Miles From Hotel

Sunshine Park Mall
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave.
(386) 763-4483

Learn about the history of NASCAR and the pioneers of beach racing and stock car racing through authentic memorabilia, antique racers and fascinating photographs. These all volunteer employees are full of interesting stories about past drivers, owners, and pit crews. If you’re a NASCAR fan, or just interested in racing history, this is one of the Daytona Beach attractions you should put on your ‘to do’ list.

Marine Science Center

Distance: 12 miles From Hotel

100 Lighthouse Dr.
Ponce Inlet
(386) 304-5545

Expand your knowledge of the area’s diverse wildlife at the Marine Science Center, offering a wide variety of programs for children and adults throughout the year. Explore conservation themes and witness current rehabilitation efforts for live sea turtles and seabirds, explore fascinating mangrove and whale exhibits and meet the residents of a huge, artificial reef aquarium. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Park

Distance: 11 miles From Hotel

5000 S. Atlantic Ave.
Ponce Inlet
(386) 756-7488

Lighthouse Point Park is a 52-acre park at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Ponce deLeon Inlet and the Halifax River. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including raccoons, opossums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey. Park facilities include nature trails, fishing, swimming, picnicking and bird watching from an observation tower close to the inlet.

Marine land – Dolphin Conservation Center

Distance: 14 Miles From Hotel

9600 Ocean shore Blvd
St. Augustine
1 (888) 279-9194

Marine land opened in June of 1938 as Marine Studios – a facility designed for Hollywood film makers to create underwater footage for their movies. Never before had people had the opportunity to see marine life live and up close, and from the day it opened, Marine land has provided that opportunity to millions of amazed guests and continues to do so today. Over 70 years after our introduction to the world, and over 50 years after the first dolphin show debuted, Marine land continues as a leader in marine conservation, animal care and community education. This is one of the “Don’t Miss” Daytona Beach attractions! We’d love to see you here.

St. Augustine

Distance: 52.8 Miles From Hotel

St. Augustine

World Golf Village

Distance: 62.1 Miles From Hotel

World Golf Village

Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral

Distance: 66 Miles From Hotel

Florida 32899
(866) 737-5235

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the world’s most authentic space attraction. Visit for a day or come back with a multiday pass and explore Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and Angry Birds Space Encounter® or meet a veteran NASA astronaut.


Distance: 57.7 Miles From Hotel


SeaWorld Orlando

Distance: 70.8 Miles From Hotel

SeaWorld Orlando

Universal Studios

Distance: 66.1 Miles From Hotel

Universal Studios

Walt Disney World

Distance: 72.3 Miles From Hotel

Walt Disney World

Plaza Resort and Spa Daytona

600 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Florida 32118