Daytona Beach Attractions
601 Earl Street
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 Lazer 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
1200 Main Street
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!
Haunts of the World’s Most Famous Beach
1202 Deneece Ter.
(386) 253-6034 or (386) 307-9738
When you’re in Daytona Beach, don’t miss the only tour on the east coast owned and operated by a certified ghost hunter & active certified paranormal researcher. The tours blend science, history and folklore, delivering an exciting and unique experience. Bring your cameras and see if you can capture some paranormal activity! Put this on your Daytona Beach attractions ‘Must See’ list.
Lighthouse Point Park
5000 S. Atlantic Ave.
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.
Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum
Sunshine Park Mall
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave.
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
100 Lighthouse Dr.
Expand your knowledge of the area’s diverse wildlife at the MarineScienceCenter, 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.
Marineland – Dolphin Conservation Center
9600 Oceanshore Blvd
1 (888) 279-9194
Marineland 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, Marineland 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, Marineland 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.
Mary McLeod Bethune Home and Gardens
640 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
This two-story, five bedroom house built on the Bethune-Cookman campus was the home of Mary Bethune from 1920′s to her death in 1955. Mary, a civil rights leader, administrator, educator, adviser to presidents, and consultant to the United Nations often entertained world leaders around her dining room table. The house is much like it was when Mary lived there, and visitors can view her furnishings, books and trinkets to get an intimate look into the life that Mary led.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd.
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.
Pioneer Art Settlement
1776 Lightfoot Lane
Tour this unique, historical village which illustrates life in rural Florida in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nestled within a charming, moss-draped oak hammock in western Volusia County, the Settlement consists of approximately 25 acres of land, the majority of it utilized by the School Board. Currently being developed is a 10,000 square feet multi-purpose facility that will include an auditorium, gift shop, canteen and offices.
1040 Museum Blvd.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences’ Planetarium has been a vital source of astronomy and space-related education in the Daytona Beach area for more than 30 years. This unique facility, located in the West Wing of the Museum, continues to amaze audiences of all ages through interactive shows and dazzling presentations inspiring many generations to pursue science. Our SkyLase Laser Projector creates fulldome laser animations and shows – bringing a digital element to the Planetarium.
Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens
950 Old Sugar Mill
This botanical garden was developed and is maintained by the Botanical Gardens of Volusia, Inc., a non-profit organization with no salaried employees. It features a 16th-century sugar mill and the gardens provide a great family environment where you can stroll through trails, view the reconstructed sugar mill and statues of dinosaurs, watch butterflies, and learn more about flora and fauna native to Florida.
25 Riverside Drive
This former winter retreat of John D. Rockefeller is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Set on the shore of the Halifax River and just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, The Casements, named for the large hand-cut casement windows that adorn the mansion, is now a cultural center and museum that provides activities for all ages. Tour through the period Rockefeller Room, which contains some of the family’s memorabilia, or take a look at the permanent exhibit of Hungarian folk art and musical instruments. The estate and its formal gardens host an annual lineup of events and exhibits. There is also gift shop and meeting spaces.
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