Introducing Daytona Beach
Known for expansive beaches, '50s retro carnival attractions, leather-clad biker culture and Spring Break madness, Daytona Beach's strongest association, however, is with supercharged speed. As home to the Daytona 500, its name is indelibly linked with the ultra-Southern sport of Nascar racing.
Anything but a wallflower, Daytona Beach has an overflowing dance card: it hosts one of the last Spring Breaks on the Atlantic Coast (tamer now than during its halcyon days); its population quintuples during Speed Weeks; and as many as half a million bikers roar into town for motorcycle events in spring and fall. There's also a tame side: Daytona is also home to a gentrified downtown, quality cultural attractions and nesting sea turtles.
Somehow, the thought of the racetrack and souped-up autos everywhere inspires drivers to push the pedal to the metal. Police know this, of course, and quickly curtail any need for speed.
Daytona Beach destination guides
Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway
Think you can handle white-knuckled, heart-pounding speed just like the pros? Then head to the Daytona International Speedway, home to the world-famous DAYTONA 500! Hop in a NASCAR race car for a thrilling drive around a real racetrack.
Junior Race Car Ride-Along Program at Daytona International Speedway
Enjoy unforgettable racing thrills at Daytona International Speedway, home to the world-famous DAYTONA 500! Perfect for kids ages 6 to 13, this exciting race car ride-along program lets your child ride shotgun in a race car with a professional driver.