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.
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.
Daytona Playhouse is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the arts in Daytona Beach. Open since 1946, this theater company has been entertaining local audiences and exposing them to quality community theater productions. The theater itself is well-appointed and each seat provides a great view of the stage. The theater offers a discount for groups, as well as season subscriptions. Matinee shows are performed on Sundays.
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 Ormond Beach City Hall is the epicenter of all local activities that keep the city busy. The hall is the right place where visitors can get to know Ormond Beach better.
The Howard Thurman House is the former residence of noted author and educator Howard Thurman. On the list of National Register of Historic Places since 1990, the house is located on Whitehall Street on Daytona Beach in Florida. The property is now privately owned and the interiors are not open to visitors, one can just view it from outside.
The Stockton-Lindquist House is a historic residence built in 1870. It is the most ancient home in DeLand and has been a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2004. A foundation has been set up which preserves and takes care of the historic home. This beautiful house has been recognized as a Florida Archaeological Site and has also been added to the Volusia County Register of Historic Places.
Spend a day of rest and relaxation at the City Center Municipal Complex and Park. Take a walk around the lake, or sit back and enjoy the scenery. A variety of events like family days, craft sales and farmers markets are often organized here.
Located at the East Euclid Avenue is the 6000 seat Spec Martin Stadium. Initially host to the Stetson University Hatters football team, the stadium now hosts various high school and college level football matches. It has also been the location for the film The Waterboy, that released in 1988. A match for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 also took place here. If you are into sports and are in the mood to check out the local sporting talent, certainly head to the Spec Martin Stadium for their next match.
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.