Stretching for more than five miles along the Atlantic Ocean (and just a few hundred yards wide), Daytona Beach Shores is located on a beautiful barrier island where famed race drivers once vied to set world speed records.
Auto Racing Hall of Fame
It’s no wonder many of its attractions center on racing memorabilia – the Auto Racing Hall of Fame with plaques honoring the great drivers and racing figures from the past, the racing memorabilia in the Community Center, the Legends Walk of Fame which feature bricks commemorating the daring drivers of the beach racing era, and the special events like Race Weeks and Bike Week.
Of course, Daytona Beach Shores also enjoys all the attractions of its northern neighbor Daytona Beach, just five miles up the road, and of the entire area – the Daytona International Speedway’s DAYTONA USA, a custom-designed state-of-the art interactive motorsports attraction and museum, its many other museums, theaters, and performing arts festivals, its botanical gardens, historic ruins, state parks, waterways, and nationally recognized landmarks.
Down the road, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is the scenic fishing village of Ponce Inlet with some fine seafood restaurants and charter fishing boats. The Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet sits in the shadows of the historic 1887 Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of only a handful of lighthouses in the United States to have all of its original buildings still standing. With interactive exhibits on the area’s marine environment, a seabird sanctuary and sea turtle rehabilitation facilities, the Center provides a unique and entertaining learning experience for young and old.