one of the best museum in Florida, a surprise to many coming to an area that ads just beach and extra activities.
It has extensive collection of Chinese art,and the best Cuban arts museum outside of Cuba.
As well as a collection of writings from Napoleon Ier!!
Something to do for the whole family ,easily an afternoon well spent. Enjoy it as I did over the years of going to school and living here, and while at Univ help setup the Cuban collection here.
We visited the Angell & Phelps chocolate factory and took their free tour. The tour was about 20 minutes. During the tour the guide explained the process of making chocolate while we watched through the viewing glass. We were able to watch them from the cooing process to the packaging, all of which is done by hand! At the ennd of the tour we were able to select a couple of samples of the chocolates that were made during the tour! Overall the tour was very informative and the chocolates are the best I have ever eaten! It's well worth the time to visit here.
The Tarragona Tower and its twin arches were constructed in 1925 to mark the entrance to a new neighborhood called Daytona Highlands (originally named Coquina Highlands). In the great depression, the plans for this large community were put on hold, and in the 1940s one of the arches was destroyed so International Speedway Boulevard could be widened. In the 1980s, this same road was widened again, and the arches was moved not far to its present location.
The tower and arch were constructed in Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival Style architecture. The building material is local coquina stone, a stone made of ancient coral reef or seashells; this is the same material used to build Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine.
On May 6, 2005, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
the historic daytona beach pier is located on the east end of main street in central daytona beach. the pier offers fishing, a restaurant, bar, and a beautiful view of the atlantic ocean and daytona beach. note: as of jan 2011 the pier is currently under revovation and is closed. there are plans to reopen the pier in the near future.
So the "Daytona Experience" is an annual rite of passage for tens of thousands of college kids who descend on this beach town to get trashed, have tattoos placed on their ankles and lower backs, flash their privates to TV camera crews, and go home with every person of the opposite sex they see, only to return to school needing loads of antibiotics and morning-after pills. What fun!
The Daytona 500 Experience is another thing altogether. It doesn't involve booze, tatoos, or scantily clad women. This one is all about NASCAR's Daytona International Speedway. This large exhibit near turn four of the track was opened in 1996 and expanded in 2001. It now includes various racing simulators, an IMAX theater, a hands-on pit crew challenge, displays listing the winners of all Daytona races, and more.
My favorite thing at the Daytona 500 Experience was the display of the previous Daytona 500 winner's car. Immediately after the race, as soon as the celebrations and NASCAR inspections end, the car is placed in the museum. It is not washed, fixed, or changed at all. In 2009 Matt Kenseth's car was on display, and it had minor race damage on the back and side, champagne still splashed on the windshield, and dirt and grime from the track. Pretty cool!
If you like the overlooking the water, eating great food, drinking booze (not me though!) and listening to acoustic music try these places on Tuesday and Friday nights!!!
Tuesdays - Caribbean Jacks - by the Mason St Bridge, Ballough Road. Great outdoor tiki bar on the water, live music!!!!
Fridays - I like the Aquarium - Halifax Marina off Beach Ave! Live music and the most awesome grub!!
I hope this isn't considered advertising, but ...
This year at NASCAR's Daytona 500 (on February 15, 2009) at the Daytona Speedway there will be a pre-race performance by Keith Urban. So not only will you get to see a great race, but you'll get to hear some fantastic music by a superb performer, and the only charge is the ticket to the race.
located in the parking lot in front of the speedway is the daytona 500 experience. the daytona 500 experience has a 3D imax movie presentation, acceleration alley were you can drive a race car simulator, and a gift shop that sells NASCAR souveniers. you can also book rides on the daytona race track or drive a race car yourself. these two options must be reserved in advance by calling 1-800- BE PETTY. see the attached website for ticket information. the daytona 500 experience is a very interesting place to visit for stock car racing fans.
the historic daytona beach band shell was built in 1937 as a WPA project during the great depression. the band shell is located at ocean front park near the hilton resort. the band shell was constructed from coquina rock which is a florida stone consisting of compressed sea shells. the band shell hosts numerous concerts during the year check the attached website for dates and times.
From Daytona it is easy to do a day trip to Cape Canaveral Space Centre. Not only is this your chance to get closer to space than ever before, but also to see some amazing wildlife too (Merritt Island).
We brought Christopher to see the school when he was about 10 or 12 years old while we were vacationing in Florida. At the time, I said, Chris...this is where you should go to school. He always loved to work with his hands...and loves engines...of all sorts. Touring the campus area, you can see where they are training pilots with their fleet of planes...their air field, and various other aviation related activities. It's an interesting school with a long and well respected reputation. The school has trained more military pilots than anywhere else in the world, I think. They started as a war effort in order to get people trained fast enough to meet the demand.
There is an historic district in Daytona which was recently designated when we were there in 1995. Probably there has been more restoration done to the homes since that time. The neighborhood is a bit removed from all the hustle and bustle of the beach, hotel and raceway area.... which we liked. Lots of shops and restaurants along the inland riverway.
Live Oak Inn was in this area and we thoroughly enjoyed the peacefullness of this location. We were still only a few minutes from all the action. Interesting to drive through the streets here and experience what the older city was like. Felt more like the old south.
We rented scooter one day while we were at the beach. We had such a good time. The weather was beautiful and there wasn't that much traffic either. It was pretty inexpensive too! We rented the scooter for one hour, which cost us only $20, plus a $100 cash security deposit which we got back if we returned the scooter in one piece. They make you wear a helmet when you leave the premesis, but after that you are allowed to remove them. There is no law in Florida that states that you must wear a helmet, so most bikers don't. It gets pretty hot with one of them on! We really enjoyed ourselves and drove up and down A1A, we had plenty of time to spare too! They also have quads and golf carts that you can rent on the beach, but make sure you rent one on a less than crowded day. You only get them for 40 minute intervals and sometimes the beach is so crowded with people and cars, you barely make it halfway down the beach before you have to turn back. It's also more expensive too at $40 an hour. I defenitely reccomend renting a scooter if you visit Daytona though!
We are having a party to help raise funds to send to the victims of hurricane Katrina. The public is invited to come have a good time and raise money fora good cause. We will be having 6 ( six ) Bands playing throughout the event. There will be plenty of good food to eat Bar B Q Chicken and Ribs with the fixings. We would also appreciate donations of can goods, non-perishable foods, baby food, diapers, and of course money donations. What better way to spend the day having a good time and helping others. Please come join us at the VFW, on Nova Rd. right behind the taco bell. If you need directions just call ( 386) 252-5844. It's going to be a good time, dancing, singing, eating, and fellowship.
The boardwalk at Daytona Beach is actually kind of fun. My ex-boyfriend, a friend of mine visiting from Germany, and I went to the boardwalk one day out of boredom and had a really good time. We played skee-ball (I am the bomb-diggity at skee-ball, by the way) and won enough tickets to trade in for a Zippo lighter with that sillhouette of a naked girl from, like, trucker on it mud flaps and a switch blade comb.
There's also tons of little junk shops here . . . Florida kitsch at its best. You can get pretty much anything made out of coquina shells here . . . and don't even talk to me about alligators and flamingos - they are on everything here!
Also, there's some history here - the boardwalk, pier, and bandshell were all built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938. The Pier is composed of coquina rock that was quarried from Flagler County. In the bandshell, there are free concerts from December to April.
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