A one-of-a-kind educational destination in Daytona Beach, the Marine Science Center is where kids and adults alike can go to learn about nature conservation efforts in the Volusia County area. The center offers many programs throughout the year, as well as a full array of year-round educational exhibits, including a 5,000-gallon aquarium. But perhaps most noticeably, the center is dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of native seabirds and giant sea turtles, serving as a sanctuary that educates the public about these beautiful animals.
Located in the heart of the historic district, the New Smyrna Museum of History helps visitors explore the Smyrna Beach's history with a chronological perimeter gallery, a permanent displays of Smyrna's founders and historical artifacts upstairs in the Sweet Room. The North Room displays new exhibits every three months. The museum also hosts a variety of events and contains a museum store and library that may be of interest to researchers.
With a great location in the heart of the City Center, the Halifax Historical Museum is the right place to come to for a peek at some old photographs, vintage textbooks, furniture, records and other exhibits that document life in the city. This non-profit organization receives support and patronage from the people of Daytona Beach who flock here for the events that are frequently organized like book sales, exhibitions, talks, lectures and more.
Dating back to 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. One of the most well preserved and complete light stations in the country, as well as one of the tallest, over 125,000 people, visit the 175-foot (53 meters) tower every year. Visitors are invited to climb the 203 steps to the top, where views of the Ponce Inlet and surrounding area await. Round off your trip by and learn more by visiting the museum. Group tours can be arranged but must be made in advance.
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory is more than your typical candy store. Spend the day at the beach working up an appetite for some delicious handmade chocolate delights. Established in 1925 by two pioneering ladies, Riddell Angell and Cora Phelps, this business has changed owners twice but retains its excellent quality of chocolates, specialty items and gifts. Stop by this Daytona Beach landmark for a tour of the factory to witness in person how all of the tasty treats are created the old-fashioned way. Learn interesting details and the history of the factory during the tour and enjoy samples of freshly made chocolate after the tour.
This serpentine course encompassing Lake Lloyd has set many a race aficionado's hearts aflutter with adrenaline as speedsters zoom through the tracks. Daytona International Speedway is among the US' most coveted racetracks and was built between 1957 through 1959 by William "Bill" France, Sr, the founder of NASCAR. This outdoor sports facility features asphalt and dirt tracks with varying difficulty levels and is planned in such a way that spectators get a fine view from almost any angle. Home to major motorsports events such as the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, it is also known as the World Center of Racing. Touted to be the only one of its kind in the world, it hosts thrilling motor races alongside hosting several gaming events.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is not as serious as it sounds: the stunning exhibits here captivate adults and children alike. Frequent events like Night of the Paranormal, iPhone Application Parties and Easter Egg Hunts are well-attended by locals. Rooms within the building can be rented for kid's parties, celebrations and even corporate events where everything is taken care of including catering. If you need a break from all of the art and exhibits, stop by at their in-house cafe for some fresh salads, chicken sandwiches and coffee.
Having been around since 1992, the Southeast Museum of Photography is the pride of of Daytona Beach's photography community, as it continually strives to give emerging artists a break and to get themselves exhibited. The permanent exhibits, which number around 3500, include masterpieces by the greats such as Paul Strand and Sally Mann. This museum holds panel discussions, screenings, lectures and events often, and admission and parking is free.
The Art League of Daytona Beach was founded in 1929 and it showcases works of local artists. It also holds regular art classes and workshops for new as well as established artists for refining their skills further. If you are a appreciator of art, this is the place to head to in Daytona Beach to catch rising art stars before they hit it big. Be advised that most of the classes here require participants to sign up beforehand.
Just a block from the Halifax River, Downtown Daytona Beach offers a charming mixture of venues for business and pleasure. The Riverfront Shops offer dozens of places to shop 'til you drop, including Arlequin Antiques and Art as well as Southern Home Furniture. Visit dining options like Ronin Sushi and Tia Cori's Tacos. This area is a great place to take the whole family for a day out, as well as that special someone for a date night.
For over two decades, the Cinematique Theater of Daytona have been bringing the best of the movie world to this community. The theater itself is single-screen, with several couches and chairs available for sitting to go along with a state-of-the-art surround sound system. Food and drinks are available and can be brought right to your seat in the theater. For the last decade, this has been the home of the Daytona Beach Film Festival.