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Discover Daytona

Explore Things to Do in Daytona Beach, FL

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. 


A variety of malls, souvenir shops, and local boutiques provide ample shopping possibilities. Spend the day at local farmers markets, get the best deals at the outlets or take a sunny stroll at one of Daytona Beach’s outdoor shopping destinations.

Museums & Universities

Daytona Beach is bustling with opportunities to learn something new. Whether it's viewing turtle conservation in action at the Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Hospital or touring one of the nearby universities, Daytona Beach offers visitors options that combine fun and education.

Cultural & Historical Landmarks

From historical figures to landmark buildings, experience the area’s history and culture at these must-visit attractions in Daytona Beach. Catch a live performance at The Peabody or climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Florida.

Adventure Parks 

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Daytona Beach. Some of the most popular, family-friendly attractions include Marineland and Daytona Lagoon water park. Both offer great ways to make a splash and beat the heat!

Sporting & Event Destinations

Daytona Beach is well-known for its sports scene—especially when it comes to racing and biking. With annual events ranging from the Daytona 500 to the National Dance & Cheer Collegiate Championships, fans from around the country visit Daytona Beach for a local event or two.

However you decide to spend your time here, Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort is the ideal place to base yourself. With spacious guest rooms, delicious onsite dining, and an extensive list of amenities, it’s like you’re home – only better. Start planning your trip and explore the top things to do in Daytona Beach with our interactive map below! 

Ocean Center Daytona Beach

Ocean Center

The Ocean Center hosts everything from national conventions to local social events.

Peabody Auditorium

The Peabody

Home to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society for many decades, this venue also hosts opera, drama and other performances.

Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904, Bethune-Cookman University is a private historically black university with a student population of just over 4,000. It's also home to the NCAA Division 1-FCS Wildcats. You can also find a National Historic Landmark on-site. The home of prominent civil rights leader and founder of the University, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is open for guided tours.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

This residential campus, which forms part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is home to over 6,000 students. It's also home the NCAA Division II Eagles. 

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS)

The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach is one of the region's largest museums, with interactive exhibits, a planetarium and an extensive art collection. This family-friendly attraction in Daytona Beach will keep you cool and keep the kids entertained.

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Marine Science Center

Marine life in Volusia County is fascinating, and this informative center enables you to learn more about the ecosystems that make this region so unique.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

Fulfill your need for speed at this iconic race track in Daytona Beach. The Daytona International Speedway hosts thrilling racing events from the world-famous Daytona 500 to the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Take a tour of the stadium to learn about the history of racing and visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame. 

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Visitors of all ages are in for a treat at Kennedy Space Center, where you can check out the space shuttle Atlantis, get an exclusive look behind NASA gates or even see a rocket launch!

Shopping at Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach

Ocean Walk Shoppes

Set on the Atlantic Ocean, this outdoor complex features dining, shopping and entertainment. It's definitely worth exploring during your stay in Daytona Beach. 

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Daytona Lagoon

Make a splash at this family-friendly water park and arcade - the perfect way to cool off on warm days.

Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Ballpark

The Jackie Robinson Ballpark is home to the Daytona Tortugas and the Bethune–Cookman Wildcats baseball team. Take a tour of the stadium or catch a game. In 1946 Jackie Robinson made history at the stadium as the first African American to play in a Major League Baseball spring training game.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

Ponce De Leon Lighthouse

Rising 175 feet, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is the tallest lighthouse in the state, and is a National Historic Landmark. Be sure to visit the museum to learn more about the lighthouse's legacy.

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Stetson University

This private college has a student population of roughly 4,300, and is home to the NCAA Division 1-FCS Hatters. 

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Tanger Outlets

This outlet mall boasts a variety of brand-name and designer stores.

Swim with Dolphins at Marineland

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is one of the first oceanariums of its kind, not only in Daytona but throughout the world. Swim with dolphins, visit the tortoises or check out one of the many workshops and events taking place in the park.

Receive 10% off any program or admission at Marineland when you mention the promo code THEPLAZA!

Farmers market in Daytona Beach

Daytona Flea & Farmers Market

Listed as one of the top ten markets in the world by the Travel Channel, the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market features 600 vendors and over 1,000 booths.

Outdoor concert at the Daytona Beach Bandshell

Daytona Beach Bandshell

This outdoor venue in Daytona Beach is known for the lively events hosted along the water. From the NCA & NDA Collegiate Championships to the highly anticipated summer concert series, the Daytona Beach Bandshell is sure to draw a crowd.