Soak Up The Sun On Daytona’s Space Coast
From golf and shopping to fascinating snapshots of the USA’s diverse history, race cars, space shuttles and beautiful beaches, there’s something for every visitor to Cocoa Beach on Daytona’s Space Coast. Located a stone’s throw from the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral, this aeronautical area is set right on the glittering Atlantic Ocean, offering visitors a little bit of everything…
Highlights of Daytona FL
- Great for: An iconic stretch of wonderful beaches, where you can still drive on them
- Famous for: Where Malcolm Campbell set land-speed records, and the home of American motor-racing
- Closest airport with direct flights: Orlando International Airport is 73 miles to the south-west
- Why we like it: This is a good, old-fashioned beach holiday with all the trimmings
- Itineraries featuring Daytona FL:
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Hotels in Daytona FL
The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort offers a perfect get away for families or couples seeking a relaxing hotel in a great location.
The Shore Resort and Spa provides the perfect idyllic setting for someone to rest and relax. The activities on the beach will provide the family with nonstop entertainment while the spa gives you the indulgent peace for you to unwind.
Things to do in Daytona FL
Daytona's History & Culture
This corner of the Space Coast boasts a remarkably diverse heritage and a huge variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. There’s everything from Timucuan sites and historic plantations which tell the story of America’s past, to science-focussed attractions introducing you to space travel and marine biology.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse. This 203 step, 175 ft beauty was completed in 1887 and offers stunning views over the surrounding coastline. Climb to the top for an amazing photo opportunity or explore the grounds and town of Ponce Inlet to drink in the atmosphere. The on-site museum will tell you all about this towering structure. Pop in daily between 10am-5pm.
Anderson-Price Memorial Building
Very little untouched early 20th Century architecture survives in the US, but this 1916 beauty is a rate example. Still used by the community, there’s plenty of history to glean from the building itself and exhibits inside. Don’t miss the grand ballroom!
One of only a handful of classic American theatres still functioning in Central Florida today, the Athens Theatre was built in 1921, inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture. Settle down and enjoy films, performances and concerts in this beautiful building.
“Bulow Ville” plantation
A troubling but essential part of American history, the ‘Burlow Ville’ plantation dates from 1821 and was destroyed in the Seminole Indian War. The ruins and open-air museum tell an important story.
The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
Explore Florida through watercolour and oil paintings at this gallery, which explores the region’s history using artworks dating back in 1839.
DeBary Hall Historic Site
Originally the hunting retreat of affluent steamboat line owner Frederick DeBary, this 1871 mansion has been restored to give visitors a unique glimpse into the world of wealthy 19th Century Florida.
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
Chocks away! Discover the world of WWII pilots at this informative museum, full of artefacts, art and relics from those high-flying days.
Mary McLeod Bethune Home & Gravesite
Visit the home and grave of civil rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. In the scenic grounds of Bethune-Cookman University, there is plenty of history to explore here.
Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum
Explore African-American history through exhibits dating back to the 1920s at this informative museum.
Halifax Historical Museum
This large museum tells the story of this region and all of its inhabitants throughout the centuries; from the indigenous Timucuan to the regions racing history – and much more besides.
Hanksters Hot Rods & Museum
A former skating rink-turned car museum, featuring restored muscle cars and classic cars, as well as vintage racers, hot rods and motorcycles.
Birthplace of Speed Park
The first automobile race (held on the neighbouring back in 1903) is commemorated at this oceanfront park.
Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
This Cocoa Beach museum is set in 22 acres which include a natural preserve, showing off some of the best of Florida’s natural ecosystem.
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
Ready for takeoff? Blast off into a day of learning all about rocketry and spaceflight, right next door to Launch Complex 26 (where the first successful American satellite launch took place).
Galleries & Gardens In Daytona
From African art to local work and historical pieces, there’s plenty of beauty and creativity to discover on the Space Coast.
The ECHO Gallery
A diverse gallery displaying everything from Zimbabwean art, to local creations, often celebrating the area’s African-American heritage. Both established and emerging artists exhibit here.
Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens
A vibrant, ever-changing collection of historic and contemporary art from both local and international artists, complete with charming gardens.
The Natural World
Learn all about the ecosystems and science at work in this region, then head out and explore its natural wonders for yourself!
Marine Science Centre
Dive into Florida’s underwater worlds at the Marine Science Centre. From sea turtles and whales to mangroves and sea birds, there are creatures and conservation efforts a-plenty to uncover here.
Detoxing In Daytona
Want to really get away from it all? Lie back and relax in some of Daytona Beach’s best spots for some quality ‘me time’.
Give your body and soul a boost at this Pelican Bay spa. Tranquil and home to expert treatments, you’ll leave Remedy Spa feeling utterly serene.
Relax, stretch your body and feel more centred at this community focussed yoga centre.
The Spa at Riverview
New Smyrna’s only world-class spa, this indulgent spot offers massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, microdermabrasion and more.
Holes In One! Daytona Golf Courses
If you love a spot of golf, the Space Coast is one of the finest destinations for you to indulge your passion.
Cypress Head Golf Club
Championship course designed by Arthur Hill and Mike Dasher. Affordable and friendly, this course has been ranked as the best in Volusia and Flagler County and nominated as one of the US’s top 100 municipal golf courses by Golf Digest.
Daytona Beach Golf Club
Historic club dating back to 1921 featuring 18 holes, forgiving tee shots and demanding approaches – all designed by Donald Ross and set amidst recently rejuvenated facilities.
DeBary Golf & Country Club
Scenic, wood-lined course used during the 2001 US Open qualifier, designed by Lloyd Clifton.
Halifax Plantation Golf Course
Set between Bulow and Tomoka State Parks, this is a naturally beautiful and challenging course golfers of all levels will enjoy.
Hidden Lakes Golf Course
Often described as Florida’s “Best Kept Secret” this 18-hole golf course is well-designed (created by Bill Amick, then remodelled by Lloyd Clifton) and boasts all the natural beauty and modern facilities you could ask for.
Indigo Lakes Golf Club
One of Florida’s top 10 courses, the championship layout of this course is a win with many visitors.
The Grand Club
Boasting three impressive courses, this Arnold Palmer designed course is a favourite of many – including tournament players.
Victoria Hills Golf Club
Regularly very highly rated, Victoria Hills delivers a Carolina golf experience in a Florida setting.
Viera East Golf Club
Golf Digest’s ‘Best Places to Play’ gave this local course an impressive four stars.
Eating In Daytona
Sample some of the finest cuisine and beverages this corner of Florida has to offer by making a beeline for these tasty treats…
Fancy a pint? Or four? Join the Daytona Beach Ale Trail and soak up the atmosphere of each unique craft beer outlet. You’ll find tasty tapas, unmissable food trucks and other yummy cuisine en route too.
Beachside Brew Pub
Prefer to enjoy your beer without running all over the area? Settle down at the Beachside Brew Pub to sample the 11 unique beers on tap. Or some of them, at least.
Daytona Beach Brewing Company
Sample beer straight from the source at this brewery’s tasting room.
Sample Bavarian fare and beer at this German institution – a favourite in the area since 1992.
Shop Until You Drop Daytona
Daytona Beach boasts some fantastic retail therapy for shoppers of all stripes, from antique magpies to fashionistas.
The Sweetheart Trail
Shop without worrying about traffic as you explore the boutiques and branded stores under the shady awnings of the Sweetheart Trail.
Over 60 shops in downtown Daytona Beach, located adjacent to the area’s excellent Farmers’ Market, right next to the water.
All the outlets you could want in one handy location. There are over 100 stores and restaurants waiting to be explored at this popular local shopping spot.
Riverfront Shops, Daytona Beach
Hit this area to discover a more authentic shopping experience. ‘Shop small’ at local stores and eateries; Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory is a favourite in the area!
The Pavilion at Port Orange
Open-air shopping center in Port Orange with dozens of popular outlets.
Daytona Flea & Farmers Market
Situated on Bellevue Avenue, this must-visit market features over a thousand booths and has been voted one of the ‘Top 5 Markets in the Country’. Shop for antiques, crafts, local produce, handmade jewellery, local art and so much more on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays