Daytona Beach, FL
Things to Do
AREA'S CULTURAL EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- From professional
theater productions and concerts to museums and international music
festivals, the Daytona Beach area is home to a surprising selection of
enriching cultural activities and attractions that are sure to please
even those with the most discriminating tastes.
Central Florida Cultural Endeavors, Inc.
901 6th Street, Daytona Beach
Phone: 386.257.7790 Web site:
CFCE presents a variety of cultural events throughout the year
encompassing classical, choral and chamber music as well as dance. The
following performers will be featured through the conclusion of CFCE's
winter season music series: violinist Leila Josefowicz on Feb. 26, the
Guarneri String Quartet on March 21 and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
on April 4. In addition, CFCE will present the following artists as
part of its Florida International Festival Encore Series: Gaelic
Storm on Feb. 18, Dukes of Dixieland on March 13 and BeauSoleil with
Michael Doucet on April 23.
Daytona Beach Symphony Society
140 S. Beach Street, Suite 107, Daytona Beach
Phone: 386.253.2901 Web site:
The DBSS will conclude its 52nd season with the following
performances: the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with pianist Nelson
Freire on Feb 21, Tosca by Teatro Lirico d'Europa on March 12,
and Melissa Manchester and Paul Williams - Songs and Stories on
Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
Phone: 386.481.2228 Web site:
Newly opened, this 23 million, 2,500-seat facility, hosts an array
of cultural, musical and theatrical events. Upcoming concerts include
The Boys Choir of Harlem on February 22, the Afro-Latin Jazz
Orchestra-Latin Jazz Masters Tour on March 20, and the Concord Jazz
Festival on April 29.
Seaside Music Theater
176 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach
Phone: 1.800.854.5592 Web site:
SMT is the only professional music theater in the southeastern
United States which combines a full-pit Orchestra with its shows. Known
for its Broadway-caliber productions, the theater company will present
the following lineup during its summer season: Annie (June
10-27), Two Gentlemen of Verona (June 17-July 11), La
Perichole (July 8-25), The Cocoanuts (July 22-August 8), and
Disney's Beauty and the Beast (July 29-August 15). Shows and
dates subject to change.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Museum of Arts & Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach
Phone: 386.255.0285 Web site:
The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of
Arts & Sciences: Magic, Myths, and Minerals: Chinese Jades from the
Smithsonian's Arthur N. Sackler Gallery (through May 2) and A
Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie (through May
16). Future exhibitions include: Piranesi - Selections from
Piranesi's Views of Rome, Triumphal Arches and Other Monuments and
Imaginary Prisonsy, which runs from February 29 through May 24. The
museum's acclaimed permanent collections include wings showcasing
African, Cuban, Chinese and early American art.
Southeast Museum of Photography
Daytona Beach Community College, Bldg. 100
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
Phone: 386.254.4475 Web site:
In addition to its permanent collection, this museum's spring 2004
season will feature the following exhibitions through April 23, 2004:
Fast Company - The Photographers of the Daytona Beach News-Journal,
An Eye for the City - Italian Photography and the Image of
the Contemporary City, and Magna Brava -- an exhibition
featuring the world's most renowned documentary photographers. The
SMP is the only museum in Florida dedicated to photography.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Halifax Art Festival
November 6-7, 2004
The Halifax Art Festival is a juried art competition that features
the work of approximately 250 artists, live entertainment and food
vendors. The popular annual event, which benefits the Museum of Arts &
Sciences, has been named one of the top events in North America by the
American Bus Association.
Daytona Beach Film Festival
November 11-18, 2004
Phone: 1.800.854.1234 Web site:
Presented by the Volusia County Film Office and Cinematique of
Daytona, this five-day feast of film showcases over 20 different
independent films, most of which are first-release features and
documentaries as well as films produced in Central Florida. Programming
is designed to appeal to all ages and tastes in film including new
movies, independent films, retro films and foreign films along with
discussions and special guests. The event's Student Film Festival is
open to all high school and college-level entrants.
Florida International Festival
July 15-31, 2005
Phone: 386.257.7790 Web site:
Held biennially, the FIF features internationally acclaimed
performers from the worlds of music and dance with performances by the
London Symphony Orchestra highlighting the two-week event. In addition
to the LSO, Latin jazz great Arturo Sandoval, Noche Flamenca, and the
Pascal Rioult Dance Company were among last year's stellar slate of
featured performers. Outside of London, the LSO has performed in
Daytona Beach more than anywhere else in the world and lists the area
as its "official American summer home."
To receive the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's
ArtsPak, which is filled with information on the resort area's upcoming
cultural events and attractions, call 1-800-854-1234 or visit
Atlantic Race Park
2122-28 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
Race hairpin turns in single or double go-karts.
Birthplace of Speed Park (New!)
S.R. A1A and Granada Blvd.
This oceanfront park commemorates the first automobile race held on
the adjacent beach in 1903. Picnic area. Restrooms.
Dune walkover. Open daily runrise to sunset.
Daytona 200 Memorial
Located on the beach in front of the Adam's Mark Daytona
Beach Oceanfront Resort (100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach)
Monument is dedicated to the winners of the Daytona 200 that raced
on the beach from 1937 to 1960.
Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach
(386) 253-RACE (7223)
Enjoy NASCAR, IROC, AMA, sports car, and other racing throughout
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona USA is a one-of-a-kind interactive motorsports attraction
featuring hands-on activities designed to appeal to everyone. Among
the high-energy motorsports shows and activities at the "Official
Attraction of NASCAR" include the motion simulator rides
"ACCELERATION ALLEY" and "DAYTONA DREAM LAPS," "The Daytona 500
Movie" and the 16-second-Pit-Stop-Challenge. Also, don't forget to
check out the winning Daytona 500 car in Gatorade Victory Lane or
take a behind scenes 30-minute tour of Daytona International
4114 S. Nova Road, Port Orange
Race replica stock car-like go-karts. Video game arcade,
miniature golf and batting cages. Open daily.
Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum
253 Riverside Drive
(386) 257- 2828
Early racing memorabilia. Antique racers. Photographs.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
(800) BE-PETTY, (704) 455-9443
Experience Daytona Beach at 150 mph. Ride along or learn to
dive yourself on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile track.
Packages include admission to DAYTONA USA. Call for times and
Speed Park Motorsports
201 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach
(386) 253-FAST (3278)
Three go-kart racetracks. Includes dragsters that go from
0-75 mph! Space Coast's largest arcade with Daytona Beach's
only Dance, Dance Revolution game.
Sightseeing and Boat Tours
Air Florida Helicopters
Daytona Flea & Farmers Market, Daytona Beach
Open Fri., Sat., Sun., 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See Daytona Beach from a different perspective. Choose
from six thrilling helicopter rides .
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
154 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach
Free guided tour takes visitors behind the scenes of how
chocolate candies are handmade and boxed for shipment to
chocolate lovers nationwide. Call for tour times.
Closed on Sunday.
A tiny Cruise Line
Halifax Harbor Marina, Show Dock
425 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach
Select from narrated excursions along the Halifax River: Midday
Waterway; Riverfront Estates; Rivertown Treasures or the
Sunset/City Lights Cruise. Call for a schedule.
The Beresford Lady Tour Boat
244 S. Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Toll Free: (888) 740-7523
Phone: (386) 740-4100
Tour the beautiful St. John's River, come reminisce the old way
of traveling the St. John's River on an authentic Side Wheel
Paddle Boat. Visit old Florida and relax to the sounds of the
paddles churning the water. Delight in the scenic views of
Bob's Balloon Charters
Champagne balloon flights, weddings or any special occasion.
Blue Sky Parasail
2025 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
Life's an adventure as you fly in your parachute up to 1000
feet above the ocean. Take offs and landings are
completely controlled. You don't even have to get wet.
4950 S. Peninsula DR.
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Phone 386 767-7676 or 800 338-0850
Fax 386 756-4075
The Critter Fleet is located in Ponce Inlet directly across
from the lighthouse. We offer full & half day fishing trips
every day except Christmas. Our boats are air conditioned &
will accommodate 125 people. Bait, tackle & license included.
Gift certificates available. Call for schedules & rates.
Florida Coastal Cruises, FCC
Boarding at the Sea Harvest Restaurant between the North and
New Smyrna Beach
(800) 881-BOAT, (386) 428-0201
Aboard the Manatee, cruise the protected wetland and scenic
mangrove shores of the Intracoastal Waterway. Sights
include dolphins, waterfront homes, and the historic Ponce de
Leon Lighthouse. Call for schedule.
Magic Sunrise Ballooning
Greet the morning sunrise in a seven-story tall, multi-colored
hot-air balloon. Flights are available seven days a week,
weather permitting. All pilots are FAA commercially licensed
and insured. Reservations required.
Safari River Tours, Inc.
1905 Hontoon Road, DeLand
(877) 740-0333, (386) 740-0333
Two-hour tours along the St. John's River. Learn about
history and native wildlife including alligators, water snakes,
turtles, and birds. Call for schedules and rates.
Seaspirit Deep Sea Fishing
133 Inlet Harbor Road
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
(386) 763-4388 - phone
(386) 761-2834 - fax
Seaspirit is a custom built craft, designed to carry
individuals, families, or large groups (up to 60 peple), for
offshore bottom fishing.
Sunny Daze And Starry Night Cruises
Docked at Aunt Catfish's Restaurant, Port Orange
Drift through creeks and tributaries along the Halifax River.
See pelicans, herons, egrets, manatee or dolphin. Captain Mark
Sheets will explain historical and ecological points of
Ocean Walk Shoppes
250 N. Atlantic Ave., Kiosk #2
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Trolleyboats is Daytona's exclusive Road, River Splash, and
Beach Cruise Amphibious Attraction. We cruise the Halifax River
for 1/2 hour sighting yachts, mansions, and wildlife including
dolphins and manatee. We chronicle the history of Daytona Beach
from the Indians to the birth of NASCAR. We come ashore and
tour the Riverfront Marketplace in Historical downtown Daytona
beach and we wind up the trip with a cruise down the world's
most famous beach.
Some Content Courtesy of the
Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau