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Top Choice Stadium in Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway

The Holy Grail of raceways has a diverse race schedule. Ticket prices skyrocket for good seats at big races, headlined by the Daytona 500 in February. It's worth wandering the massive stands for free on non-race day…
Top Choice American in DeLand

Cress

Citified foodies have been known to trek to sleepy DeLand just to eat at this cutting-edge bistro, whose menu might offer such delights as local seafood mofongo (a classic Caribbean dish), Indonesian shrimp curry, a…
Top Choice American in Gainesville

Southern Charm Kitchen

There's plenty of fancy gastronomy in Gainesville, and cozy, unpretentious, friendly Southern Charm Kitchen gives them all a run for their money. This is food like your mom made, if your mom was an amazing cook who …
Top Choice Modern American in Jacksonville

Black Sheep Restaurant

A commitment to good, local ingredients, delicious food, plus a rooftop bar and a craft cocktail menu? Sign us up! Try miso-glazed duck confit, citrus-marinated tofu, pastrami sandwiches made from in-house deli meat…
Top Choice Museum in Gainesville

Florida Museum of Natural History

The highlight of this excellent natural-history museum is the expansive Butterfly Rainforest (adult/child $13/6). Hundreds of butterflies from 55 to 65 species flutter freely in the soaring, screened vivarium. As yo…
Top Choice Barbecue in Ocala

Big Lee's

It's only open Friday and Saturdays, the hours are fungible – if they run out of food, they'll close, so arrive early – it's a little ways out of town, and there's not even a restaurant to sit in, just a food truck …
Top Choice International in St Augustine

Collage

This upscale restaurant is renowned for its impeccable service, intimate atmosphere and the consistency of its cuisine: the menu makes the most of St Augustine's seaside locale and nearby local farms. It's all here:…
Top Choice Museum in Jacksonville

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

This handsome museum, Jacksonville's premier cultural space, has a genuinely excellent collection of American and European paintings, Asian decorative art and antiquities. An outdoor area showcases classical English…
Top Choice Bar in Jacksonville

Birdies

There's funky local art on the walls, old-school video games in the back, a mix of old timers and tatted hipsters, retro neon vibe, indie rock on the radio, DJs on the weekends and general good vibes throughout at t…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gainesville

Dime

A small bar, some dim lighting, talented bartenders and strong, delicious cocktails – that's what you get at The Dime, a gin joint that feels like it made a wrong turn in 1930s Manhattan and ended up in central Flor…