Things To Do In Daytona Beach
Although we encourage all of our students to spend their spare time studying, we also know they need to take a break from time to time. It’s good to recharge the batteries, after all. When you’re looking for things to do in Daytona Beach, Florida, we can offer a few suggestions. Daytona Beach is just a few miles from the New Smyrna Beach Airport, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re wondering what to do in Daytona Beach when you need a break from studying, here are a few ideas.
The beach! Did you know that Daytona Beach has been dubbed “the birthplace of speed” (because early race car drivers actually raced on the beach) and “the world’s most famous beach” (because it was a popular tourist destination early on? This is one of the few places in the world where you’re still allowed to drive on the beach. The Daytona Beach Boardwalk is a favorite with tourists and locals. Here you’ll find arcades, good food, and souvenir shops. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit during a live concert at the beautiful Daytona Beach Bandshell. The concerts are free and held Saturdays at 7:15, May through September. There are even fireworks after each show. And, don’t forget, the usual ocean fun: swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, and so much more. Many of our students visit Sun Splash Park, which is right on the beach and includes picnic areas, restrooms, and free parking. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Catch a movie! There are several movie theaters in Daytona Beach, including CMX Daytona 12, Paragon Ocean Walk 10, and Cinematique of Daytona, an art-house theater specializing in independent and foreign films. Also nearby you’ll find Regal Pavilion & RPX.
Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum! You’ve seen the lighthouse from the air as you’ve flown over Ponce Inlet. It’s a favorite landmark for sailors and pilots. Did you know you can also tour this historic landmark? There is even a museum on site. Go for it! Climb to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, and wave to the Epic planes flying by!
Make your escape! Escape rooms seem to be the craze these days, and Daytona has a few where you can “escape” from studying with a few of your flying pals and indulge in some creative problem-solving. Test your wits with your mates at these great escape spots: Code to Escape Games, Daytona Escape Games, Daytona Escape Room Experience, and Wild Puzzle Escape Room. If you’re late for ground school, we’ll come find you
Play ball! No, not you – the Daytona Tortugas! Catch a Minor League Baseball game in beautiful Daytona Beach at Jackie Robinson Stadium. There’s nothing like eating a hot dog and Coke and hearing the crack of the bat in the summer sun. Batter up!
Start your engines! Yes, Daytona is home to NASCAR, and you can check out a race and the museum. Or, since you can’t drive at NASCAR, wouldn’t you like to race a go-kart? Go-Kart City & Mystic Harbor Miniature Golf offers two fun outings at one location. If you aren’t flying, wouldn’t you rather be go-karting? For mini-golf only, try Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf or Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf.
Entertainment and Amusement Centers
Read, set, jump! At Hangar 15, you’ll find 16,000+ square feet of connected world-class trampolines. There are more than 60 trampolines, including angled wall trampolines. Defy gravity without the help of an airplane! There’s also Game Time Daytona for indoor bowling, dining, and a massive arcade. The Daytona Beach Boardwalk features Joyland Amusement Center and the Mardi Gras Fun Center. Daytona Lagoon is a water park and entertainment center.
There are many things to do in Daytona Beach, and we have only listed a few favorites that our students have shared with us. There are numerous parks and recreation areas, opportunities to rent boats, jet skis, and even motorcycle, shopping, museums, science centers, and more. Of course, everyone’s favorite is the beach, but when you do need some time for rest and recreation, you’ll find lots of options nearby. We want you to make the most of your time in the Central Florida area, so when you do need some fun time away from school or when family and friends come to visit, you can enjoy historic New Smyrna Beach, world-famous Daytona Beach, and the world’s #1 tourist destination – Orlando!