This summer, The Original American Beach has plenty that’s new for visitors of all ages. In the midst of investing close to $2 billion in renovations and construction, the destination features a recently opened oceanfront rollercoaster, a new planetarium, the world’s first oceanfront Hyatt Place, and the Residence Inn by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanside, and a $5 million renovation of the ever-popular Volusia Mall.
Coming soon: the highly-anticipated One Daytona entertainment complex just next door to Daytona International Speedway; a new Tanger Outlet Mall; the legendary Hard Rock Hotel & Café; new eateries and more.
Making plans for this summer’s getaway? Here’s this year’s “Don’t-Miss” list:
1. Experience the world’s largest collection of Florida art!
The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art just opened in February 2015 on the grounds of Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences). It’s a $13 million facility filled with 2,700 paintings dating from the 19th century, the most extensive collection of Florida art in the world. This 26,000-square-foot home of the Brown’s unprecedented personal collection is an architectural jewel. It features a mezzanine showcasing their signature pieces, six changing galleries, conference and education rooms, a charming café with outdoor seating and an eclectic gift shop.
2.) Enjoy music in the seabreeze!
FREE Bandshell Summer Concert Series – Daytona Beach’s historic Bandshell’s free concert line-up features a series of tribute bands – including U2, James Taylor, and (Daytona Beach natives) the Allman Brothers Band, and more – performing Saturday nights from May 23-September 19. Come early, enjoy the Ocean Walk Village and Shoppes, stroll the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, grab an ice cream and settle in for a musical night, with fireworks over the Atlantic to follow.
3.) Get your adrenaline going!
Daytona International Speedway – the World Center of Racing is fast-becoming the World Center of Entertainment, and its $400-million refurbishment is nearly complete. Speedway Tours and the Richard Petty Driving Experience are must-see summer excursions, but don’t miss celebrating Independence Day at the Coke Zero 400 Weekend, which features of NASCAR Spring Cup Series racing and the biggest fireworks display in the Southeast – all under the summer stars.
4.) Play Ball!
Enjoy the new Daytona Tortugas baseball season April through September at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark on City Island and get a stunning panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway, the beachside and historic downtown Daytona Beach. After the game, sit back and take in the fireworks show. Visit DaytonaTortugas.com for more information.
5.) Climb to the Moon!
Explore the wonders of Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Florida’s tallest! Join the lighthouse keeper on a journey into the past, and discover the unique history of this National Historic Landmark. Ascend the 203 steps to the top to witness the moon rising and the sun setting on select dates through the summer.
It’s hard to stop at five, so here’s two more!
Longing for a lazy river? Enjoy Daytona Lagoon and all the twisty turns of 12 water rides, a giant wave pool and lazy river – as well as Kraken’s Conquest, an exciting, fast-paced 4-lane racer slide. The family entertainment center includes Grand Prix go-kart racing, miniature golf, laser tag, rock wall, island hopper, and largest arcade in Daytona Beach! The family entertainment center, located across the street from Ocean Walk Shoppes, is open year round and the water park is open March – September.
How does 36 holes of tropical golf on a sporty course sound? Sounds like Daytona Beach Golf Club! Golf Digest recently ranked Daytona Beach in the top 15 places to play in the nation. With several famous fairways designed by the legends of golf, vacation planning is easier than ever for players of all skill levels.
At DiscoverDaytonaBeachGolf.com you can choose your vacation package, view listings for participating accommodations and courses, and receive a quote on your next getaway. It’s that simple!
Visit www.DaytonaBeach.com to find out more about summer fun in Daytona Beach.
About the Daytona Beach Area
Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida’s East Coast comprising eight distinct communities.
Recognized worldwide for its annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach’s famed heritage also claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR — and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the ‘World Center of Racing.’ With more than 15,000 beds, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets including resorts, B&Bs, hotels and everything in between. Visitors can enjoy the quintessential vacation experience beginning with the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or choose from a surprising list of attractions and cultural venues and a colorful culinary scene. With 23 miles of world-famous beaches ideal for shelling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction and Best Spring Break Beach Destination in the Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests sponsored by USA TODAY. To order a complimentary comprehensive Official Visitors Guide or book a stay, visit DaytonaBeach.com For real-time updates, visit Facebook.com/DaytonaBeach or Twitter.com/DaytonaBeachFun.