Scalpers are always there.
Ticket scalping must be a local custom at DIR. There are LOTS of men (not saying there aren't any women but I never saw any) on the side of the street / sidewalk buying and selling tickets. All of the men that spoke to us were polite and all we had to do was say no and they left us alone. As always, the rule is be polite to strangers if you want them to be polite to you.
I guess these guys can serve a good purpose. The track will not take tickets back so if you really want to sell them with little trouble, this may be an option. Likewise, if you really need a ticket, you may be able to get tickets from the 'street vendors'. I have never asked so I have no idea what tickets for the different events may cost or what you can sell them for on the street.
Don't miss the fresh seafood at this local hangout
Don't let the redneck name nor look of the place fool you. This is one of the best locations in Daytona Beach to get a great seafood for lunch or dinner (complete with raw bar). The casual atmosphere and river front location add to the Florida ambiance. Raw Oysters
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
If you want to climb to the top, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. As you can see, these iron stairs are not "flip-flop friendly". There are 213 steps to the top!
Also, please don't make young children to climb to the top. When I was was there, one couple really struggled with two toddlers who were terrified of the height and closed space. It is dangerous, too!
Daytona Beach and around...
I must say, I am not a beach person. A water person, yes, but not a beach. For me they can get noisy, messy, crowded...The times that I like the beach the best are either at night or early in the morning when there aren't many people around. Daytona Beach isn't bad, though, as far as beaches are concerned. The area around the bandstand can get crowded, but further on down the beach, away from the boardwalk, you can find some quiet areas. One of the best times I had on it was during the 4th of July. The city did a really nice fireworks display and despite the storm that was had earlier that day, everything cleared up nicely.
"Kennedy Space Center"
The Kennedy Space Center is just a short drive from Daytona and deifnitely worth the trip if you have a car. Even if you're not a huge aeronautical buff, which I admit I am not, it would be hard NOT to be impressed by the NASA equipment and the behind the scenes look at how the shuttles work. If you're lucky, like I was, you can even see one of the shuttles being prepared for take-off. It's a family place, too, so the kids are welcome. They make it a fun environment.
Daytona Beach Florida, the day I was there with my family it was very windy and cold. Although I got the chance to take some pretty nice photos. This photo was taken from the pier, the cool part of Daytona beach is that cars are permited to drive along the beach very close to the ocean. Rare indead.