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Known by motorsports enthusiasts the world over, Daytona Beach is the setting for the annual Daytona 500 and numerous other racing events. Learn about the area’s racing heritage and enjoy the fun family activities of the 23-mile (37-kilometer) long beach.
The city really came to be known beginning in the early 20th century, when car and motorbike races began to be staged on its wide, sandy beach, known as Daytona Beach. In 1959, NASCAR, who are headquartered in the city, built the Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course. Cars are still allowed to drive on certain parts of the beach today. Pay a fee to drive on the sand in designated areas; be aware that a speed limit of 10 mph (16 kmph) is in place.
The beach is not the only unusual drive-in experience available in town. Get behind the wheel and pull up to the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church, tune your radio into the requested frequency and witness a church service without leaving your vehicle.
It is also possible to visit the beach on foot too, of course. Watch locals play volleyball games, swim in the Atlantic and enjoy food at one of the beachfront bars. Avoid the designated driving areas for a quieter beach experience.
To find out more about Daytona Beach’s motorsports history, head to Halifax Historical Museum. Exhibits here include everything from antique racing-related memorabilia to Native American artifacts. Culture-loving visitors will also enjoy the acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography and the Museum of Arts & Sciences, which features everything from a Cuban art collection to a planetarium.
Among the best times of the year to visit Daytona Beach are during the Speedweeks racing events. The Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 events, also draw big crowds eager to see the action.
Find Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida, about 51 miles (82 kilometers) northeast of Orlando. Fly into Daytona Beach International Airport or ride buses from other major Florida cities. Buses and trolleys operate around the city.
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is sandwiched between the waterslides of Daytona Lagoon and the Atlantic. Daytona Beach International Airport is a 12-minute drive, and the city’s Speedway - home to the Daytona 500 - is less than 5 miles (8 km) away. Some 30 golf courses dot the region.
Nestled on the beach, this Ormond Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Andy Romano Beachfront Park and First United Methodist Church. St. James Episcopal Church and Ormond Memorial Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Sunglow Pier and Pirate's Island Adventure Golf. Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church and Sunset Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in National Gardens, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Destination Daytona and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park. River Bend Golf Club and Tomoka Oaks Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Daytona Beach Shores condo is within a 10-minute walk of Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church and Sunset Park. Frank Rendon Park and Halifax River are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Daytona Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Walk Village and Daytona Lagoon Waterpark. Boardwalk Amusement Area and Pier is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.
Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church and 27th Avenue Park. St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church and Indian River Lagoon Park are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of First Presbyterian Church, Boardwalk Amusement Area and Pier, and Daytona Lagoon Waterpark. Ocean Walk Village and Daytona Beach Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).