— June 2001
|Part 2: What To Do|
• Let's get right to it. The Daytona International Speedway (904) 253-7223 provides as much excitement as anyone can imagine. With 10 weekends offering everything from 190-mph-plus NASCAR races--including the granddaddy of them all, the Daytona 500--to 170-mph superbike and 125-mph go-kart competitions, the Speedway attracts some of the largest crowds in sports. Call for a complete calendar of events.
Sandwiched between the races are car shows, exhibitions, vehicle testing, and a variety of other heart-pounding events. And if there's not a race going on when you visit, try Daytona USA (904) 947-6800, the interactive museum where you can put yourself in the pit and try to beat the best as you jack up a car, change tires, and pump gas. There's also a "backstage" tour.
• Still got a yen for speed and power? Want to ride a "hog," as in Harley-Davidson? American Road Collection (904) 238-1999 will rent you one of these machines for an hour, a day, or a week. Go on, take a ride on the wild side.
• Rent a car and relive your own endless summer by driving the beach and paying a $10 fee. You can get on the sand via any one of the many ramps just off Highway A1A. There's no racing allowed these days, and the speed limit is 10 mph. Or you can rent a beach buggy from Fun In The Sun (904) 451-1602 and take the 17-mile ride along the strand.
• U.S.C.G.-licensed Capt. Dave Venable offers full and half-day fishing tours for up to three people with his Grand Slam Fishing Tours (904) 689-0661.
• Culture and the fine arts are alive and well in Daytona. You'll long remember visits to the Southeast Museum of Photography (904) 254-4475, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, c. 1887 (904) 761-1821, Museum of Arts & Sciences (904) 255-0285, and The Casements (904) 676-3216, once the winter villa of John D. Rockefeller.
If music and theater are on your itinerary, check the offerings at the Seaside Music Theatre (904) 252-3394, the Daytona Playhouse (904) 255-2431, or the 2,500-seat Peabody Auditorium (386) 258-3169.
• Any visit to Daytona will be incomplete without a trip to the original oceanarium. Marineland (904) 460-1275 opened its doors to the public on June 23, 1938.
• Golf is a short cab ride from any of the marinas. Indigo Lakes (386) 254-3607 (also 3667), Daytona Beach Golf Course (904) 258-3119, and the LGPA International (386) 274-6200 are nearby.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.