Spending Winter in Daytona Beach is so much more than just sunshine by the sea while the rest of the USA freezes! From art galleries to shopping malls, the Daytona 500 to spas, Daytona is a thriving city full of the perfect activites to beat the Winter Blues.
Read on to see why we think you should take some time to visit Daytona Beach on your Winter Holiday!
1. Race Fan Heaven
Early 2019 is when NASCAR fans will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. The NASCAR series races will take place February 10-18, ending with the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500. Tickets are now on sale, so plan your holiday around an event that made Daytona famous.
2. Art Galleries
You could spend hours wandering through locally owned art galleries in Ormond Beach. Better yet, make your own, one-of-a-kind souvenir out of painted pottery at Whim Wham Art Studio. Or, view the works of regional and local artists who are frequently featured at the Lee Gallery, a section of the expansive Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center at Bethune-Cookman University. The gallery is the permanent home to a collection of African art, as well as Central Floridian art.
3. Live Performances
Daytona Beach has many theaters, playhouses, and venues that will tantalize your cultural side. With the Peabody Auditorium, Athens Theatre, the Ocean Center and the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center all within driving distance, there is sure to be something playing that will make you want to buy some tickets!
An entire day (or more!) could be spent soaking in the Museum of Arts & Sciences. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum is the area’s primary art, science and history museum featuring nationally-acclaimed collections, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and even a specified Children’s Museum. Then, head off to the Marine Science Center located at Ponce Inlet. It’s a hands-on experience where you can learn about local environmental and conservation efforts. Who said educational can’t be fun?
Of course, being in Florida, going to the beach in the Winter is not completely out of the question. The ocean may be a bit chilly, but pull up a blanket and an umbrella and enjoy the warm southern sunshine. Better yet, spend some time indoors at one of Daytona’s spa offerings including Remedy Spa at Pelican Bay in Daytona Beach, The Spa at Riverview in New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach Spa off East International Speedway Boulevard or The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. However you choose to relax, we promise you will feel rejuvenated and renewed.
The Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach in the city’s historic downtown area between Bay Street and Orange Avenue and enjoy perusing dozens of locally-owned stores. Or, shop for great deals on your favorite brands at Tanger Outlets Daytona, ONE DAYTONA, Volusia Mall and more!