Food and Fun in Daytona Beach
You'll enjoy more than the beach
Spending time in Daytona Beach could mean hitting the shores and getting your feet wet or hitting the speedway for tours and races. You can enjoy the city on your own terms and that’s what makes it unique.
Fun in Daytona Beach
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is the tallest lighthouse in Florida that’s been a gem since it was built in 1887. It offers one of a kind views of the beautiful beach and amazing new experiences. You’ll have to take 203 steps to get to the top of the 175-ft tall lighthouse, but embarking on the journey means stepping into history as well as seeing the best 360° views. Visit the museum and Marine Science Center where you can touch a stingray and get up close and personal with some sea turtles.
Address: 4931 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is a great place to enjoy family fun. Stroll and browse the Ocean Walk Shoppes to do some shopping, dining, and playing. If you’re looking for thrills, the “screamer’s park” is the place for you. You can try out rides that’ll take you sky high… literally. If you are planning to ride the Slingshot be prepared to get propelled 365-feet into the air at about 70 mph. There’s no dull moment while visiting the boardwalk. Watch the super talented street performers, play some classic arcade games, and you may even catch a free concert if you’re lucky.
Address: 25 Ocean Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Daytona International Speedway hosts the most prestigious races in NASCAR, and there are plenty of reasons to stop by and tour the speedway while races aren’t happening. Take a 30-min VIP Speedway Track Tour that takes you into the “world center of racing” with access to thousands of rare items. You’ll be greeted by a statue paying homage to the NASCAR founders “Big” Bill France and Anne B. France. Get an up-close look at the famed Blue Bird II that Sir Malcolm Campbell broke speed records in, along with images of iconic moments in the Daytona 500 history. You can also take home some memorabilia of your own when to make a stop at the Fanatics Pit Shop and grab a gift. After grabbing some gifts, walk in the footsteps of the best Daytona 500 racers at the Champions’ Walk of Fame. While walking down the street you can see every winner’s names along with their hand and footprints in concrete. There’s also a designated selfie spot to take the perfect photo to post on all your social pages to document your epic experience.
Address: 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Food in Daytona Beach
Sloppy Joe’s started as a bar in the 1930s opening the day Prohibition was repealed, it was a hub for great food, great drinks, and live music. Along with panoramic views, it’s said, that they are serving up some of the best food and drinks on this side of the Atlantic. Their specialty drink menu features the Key West, Island Rum Punch, Shark Attack, and the 7 Day Vacation. Each drink comes in your choice of a shark mug or an insulated tumbler to take home and have enough flavor to knock your socks off. Is it possible to come to a place named Sloppy Joe’s and not try “the big sloppy with cheese” at least once? If you’re not a messy eater, the menu is full of classics and unique selections..
Address: 250 Ocean Walk Shoppes, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Taking a break for food while at the beach? Thinking tacos? Senor Taco serves up all the classic Mexican food favorites and leaves a lasting impression after every bite. It’s a sit-down place but there aren’t many seating options, so it’s perfect for those looking to grab-n-go while on their way to the beach. The quality of their tacos, burritos, nachos, and quesadillas is unmatched, and you won’t regret paying them a visit.
Address: 3174 S Atlantic Ave A, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Zeno’s World Famous Taffy has been serving the best taffy you can taste since 1948. The shop is family owned and operated and has had 4 generations using their special whipping technique to create 90 flavors of melt-in-your-mouth taffy. Although the taffy is what they’re famous for, you can also purchase various gourmet flavors of brittle, fudge, and popcorn. Seafoam is one of their specialties, the sweet treat is known for its initial crunch followed by the simple and old-fashioned taste, similar to the carmalized top of Crème Brûlée.
Address: 2400 S Ridgewood Ave #63a, South Daytona, FL 32119