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Why Daytona Beach is More Than Just A Beach

This post brought to you by Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The content and opinions expressed below are that of melsaywhat.

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One of the benefits of living in Georgia is that we're within driving distance of so many fantastic beaches. Daytona Beach has been our radar lately for our next family beach vacation, but it's so much more than just a beach.

Situated on the east coast of Florida, Daytona Beach is dubbed The Original American Beach. Not only is Daytona Beach great for couples, but there are also many kid friendly options, whether you're looking to bring your children along or just have a little kid-at-heart fun! Daytona Beach's 23 miles of sparkling white sand offers a variety of places to stay for every budget; from camping to motels and hotels, private vacation home rentals and even bed and breakfast inns.

Our favorite thing to do is to lounge on the beach. With the wide variety of free things to do in Daytona Beach, I imagine we'll definitely need at least 5-7 days so we get a good mixture of excitement and relaxation. Our last beach vacation was not quite long enough!

A few of the free things to do that we plan to check out:
  • The Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory 20-minute guided tour
  • Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens
  • The palmetto dunes at North Peninsula State Recreation area

If you enjoy more outdoor fun, be sure to check out the manatees at Blue Springs State Park. They are truly beautiful creatures. Nearby St. John's River offers an amazing tour of it's native wildlife that the whole family is sure to love, including alligators, water snakes, turtles and birds.

Don't forget to stop by Lighthouse Point Park to enjoy the home of various wildlife including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey. Nearby you'll find the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Visitors can climb the 203 steps to the top of the 175-foot tower. I'd love to do this! It would make a fantastic workout and I've never actually seen a lighthouse up close, much less had the opportunity to climb one.


If you're hitting the beach in the Fall, Daytona Beach is where you want to be. Did you know Daytona Beach is known as the Fall festival capital of Florida? The fall season boasts festivals for the artsy type such as the Halifax Art Festival.


Foodies (like me) will enjoy the Greek Festival and of course, for the classic-car enthusiast there's the Daytona Turkey Run at Daytona International Speedway.

Did someone say cars?

The Daytona Turkey Run is one of the biggest car shows and swap meets in the country. That's where we would be. Travis and Nicholas both love cars.

The Daytona Turkey Run takes place in late November every year, after Thanksgiving. Not only are classic cars (prior to 1980) featured, but there are also Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros, Chargers, Challengers, Prowlers, Vipers, Foreign Exotics and Rat Rods, regardless of year of manufacture.

They also have a swap meet, where restorers can find uncommon or rare used auto parts. Of course, you can also find new auto parts, accessories, auto-related clothing, gifts and more. The Car Corral is where participants can buy and sell vehicles.

If you're tagging along and you're not that interested in cars, there's an area called Artisan Alley with art and fashion, food vendors, entertainment and a play area for children.

Some other Daytona Beach Fall Festivals include the Daytona Blues Festival, Biketoberfest®, the Fall Country Jamboree and Bird Fest.

Have you ever been to Daytona Beach?

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly, not-your-typical beach vacation, Daytona Beach has a wide variety of entertainment, dining and lodging options for every budget and every interest; the beach awaits you no matter what season it is!

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