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About Daytona Beach
Named "The World's Most Famous Beach" since the 1920's, Daytona Beach, Florida, located on the Atlantic Ocean, is one of very few places where you can drive a car (a 4 wheel drive not needed) on designated areas of an ocean beach.
Attracting over 8,000,000 visitors every year, and several thousand bikers during Bike Week and Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach still manages to provide high security with cameras filming the beach and hotel areas.
The Timucuan Indians lived in that area originally. The United States acquired Florida from Spain in 1821 although permanent settlement did not occur until after the Second Seminole War which was fought from 1835 to 1842.
The City of Daytona Beach, founded in 1870, was named for its founder, Matthias D. Day, who built the first hotel, the Palmetto House, in 1874. Automobile and motorcycle races began in 1902, and the first stock car race was held in 1936. The famous Daytona International Speedway replaced the beach course in 1959 when NASCAR was created and is the scene of the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 (also called the Pepsi 400 or Firecracker 400).
Located only 10 miles south, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is Florida's tallest lighthouse completed in 1887 and becoming a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is actually a collection of galleries and museums and has one of the world's largest Coca-Cola collections.
The Daytona Cubs (a minor league baseball team) and the Daytona Beach ThunderBirds (an arena football team) call this home.
Events in Daytona Beach
Santa's Wonderland Free Photos
at Bass Pro Shops
Be sure to visit Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops in Daytona Beach this holiday season. Enjoy the Magical Wonderland Setting and get a FREE photo with Santa! FREE Crafts and "Write a Letter to Santa station".
Sunday Bike Night
at Sunsetters Riverfront Bar & Grill
Bike night at Sunsetters! Every Sunday 5pm-9pm. Lot's of specials like, $10 domestic buckets, $3 Wells, half off bar menu and more.
Holiday Farmers Market
at Daytona Beach Downtown Farmers' Market
Holiday Market and Farmers Market all in one... Beginning Saturday November 25th-December 16th... Come shop your local produce, dairy and seafood and crafters. Get your holiday shopping done here. #DaytonaBeach #FarmersMarket #Downtown #Christmas #Holidays #SmallBus
Five Wonders of Christmas
at Ocean Walk Shoppes
Come enjoy the Five Wonders of Christmas from Ocean Walk Shoppes. Have some fun this holiday season and enjoy the number one destination on Daytona Beach, Ocean Walk Shoppes and Movies.
Saturdays with Santa
at Tanger Outlets, Daytona Beach
Make your list and check it twice because Santa Claus is coming to town! Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday afternoons at Tanger Outlets Daytona in December (12/9, 12/16 &12/23 from 12:30 - 4:30P).
FSPA Holiday Party!
at Daytona Lagoon
You’re invited to our annual Holiday Party! When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5:30-8:30 Where: Daytona Lagoon
A Motown Christmas Spectacular
at Peabody Auditorium
The music and the magic of A Motown Christmas Spectacular come to the Peabody just in time to get you into the holiday spirit! We've taken the concept of a Motown concert to a whole new level.
at Peabody Auditorium
Here comes CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR! It is quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.
Need to get some extra holiday shopping done? Drop your child off at the Children's Museum at MOAS for some holiday fun!
New Years Eve Ball Drop at Full Moon Saloon
at Full Moon Saloon
Bring in the new year @ Full Moon Saloon! Free stuff! Dj reRun mixing all you favorite tunes all night Ball Drop on the famous Main Street Daytona