Making a Day Trip to Daytona Beach

There's a lot to do in Daytona but if you're only going for a few hours, here's a list of things you have to check out!
Samantha Kern
Welcome to Daytona Beach sign

Daytona Beach is a large area to explore and it’s so easy to spend a few days here. There’s so much more than just the beach, and you should try to check out as much as you can in the time that you have. But if you don’t have a few days to spend in the area here’s a list of things that you can check out on a day trip to Daytona Beach. So pick a few and make a trip to the Daytona Beach area!

Daytona Beach

The beach is a given. The sand is a soft white and the waters are various shades of blue and it’s so easy to make an entire day of the beach. It’s one of the most unique beaches in the area because you can park on the beach. It does cost a little bit of money to do so, but then you don’t have to worry about your vehicle being towed or dragging all of your beach equipment a long way. Just be aware that especially on the weekends, there are a lot more people around, so be careful of pedestrians and follow the signs. 

Daytona Beach
Photo courtesy of Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau / Facebook


Daytona International Speedway

Races have been happening here since 1959, so there’s quite a bit of history to see when you visit the Daytona International Speedway. Although there may not be a race happening, you can still go in and tour the track that is used for a variety of races, although the most widely known race to witness on this track is the Daytona 500 in NASCAR. There’s also the occasional AMA Superbike and Motocross races that take place here so it’s not just cars that take to the paved track. 

Daytona International Speedway
From an aerial view, you can see how large the racetrack really is. 
Photo courtesy of Daytona International Speedway / Facebook


Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory

From molded chocolates, to chocolate covered pretzels and chips, to sugar free chocolate and more, there’s a little something for everyone’s sweet tooth here. And it’s not just chocolate, there’s also a variety of jelly beans and salt water taffy, peanut brittle, rock candy, and assorted gummy fruit slices. You can take a free factory tour that gives out complementary candy samples at the end. Angell & Phelps have been making homemade candy since 1925. They’ve stuck with their old ways when making their candies and you can see the process happening on the tour. 

Beachy chocolates
Beachy themed chocolates like starfish and palm trees are available for purchase.
Photo courtesy of Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory / Facebook


Congo River Golf 

There are actually quite a few mini golf courses in Daytona Beach, and while they are all pretty nice, this one is more unique because with the rainforest scenery comes actual live baby alligators that you can hold. There are feedings daily for the alligators that you can also take part in. With an arcade full of games, a mini golf course, and a gem mine to take part in, there’s a little bit of fun for the whole family to check out!

Alligators at Congo River Golf
Photo courtesy of Congo River Golf / Facebook


Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure

If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, this one is for you to check out when you’re in Daytona Beach. With ten different zipline courses and over 40 aerial games, this place will surely get your heart pumping! Starting with beginner ziplines, the workers coach you on safely and make sure you’re secure before letting you loose. They do change the courses up a little bit, so it’s possible you’ll get a different experience every time you visit. 

Zipline adventures
Photo courtesy of Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure / Facebook


Daytona Arcade Museum

Are you a fan of video and arcade games? Here you’ll find a selection of old school games that you can play until your heart is content. These games are from the 1970s through the early 2000s, so it’s a bit of a throwback for those that grew up during those years. There are classic arcade games, home console games, and even some original handheld games for your gaming pleasure. Admission price includes all day play, so you could play from the time they open until they close if the gamer in you wishes it. There’s also a café for a light lunch and gift shop for a souvenir. 

Daytona Arcade
Photo courtesy of Daytona Arcade Museum / Facebook


Photo Credits
Photo courtesy of Samantha Kern