When many plan their Daytona Beach vacation, it usually starts (and ends) around the major attractions in the community: hard-charging racing events, the soft coastal and beach sands, or the resort life that comes with many Daytona Beach hotels. But what travelers may not know is that there’s so much more to this Central Florida gem.
For those looking for an amazing historical experience, Daytona Beach offers something for every adventurer in the family. By visiting these hidden landmarks, you’ll build great memories on your vacation that you’ll warmly recall for years to come.
Coquina Clock Tower: Keeping Time Since 1938
The centerpiece of Daytona Beach’s Oceanfront Park, the Couquina Clock Tower is one of the most fascinating landmarks along the Atlantic coastline. Constructed in 1938 as a public works project, the Coquina Clock Tower blends forward-thinking function with vintage architecture.
The clock tower is so synonymous with classic architecture and Daytona’s famous Boardwalk Park that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. A monument to the area’s resilience over time, the Coquina Clock is one landmark you’ll have no regrets in visiting!
Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum: More Than Just Motorsports
Daytona International Speedway draws thousands of visitors every year. But there must be more to do on every race fan’s vacation before and after the checkered flag flies. This is where the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum comes in.
The museum offers a look at the history of beach racing (where some of the first Daytona races were held), to today’s highly technical machines. With a history of racing’s past that illuminates its future direction, this treasured hidden landmark inside the Sunshine Park Mall is a must-see during any Daytona vacation.
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse: Where the Past and Future Meet
Historians suggest that Ponce de Leon came to Florida looking not for adventure or gold but for the mythological Fountain of Youth. You won’t need to spend your time looking for the springs of long life to enjoy the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
A National Historic Landmark since 1988, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Tourists making the trek enjoy panoramic views from the top and incredible history lessons throughout the accompanying museum. The towering structure is located at the end of the inlet. You’ll also find great places to stay near the lighthouse as well, like the Beach Quarters Resort.
No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for in Daytona Beach, it’s easy to find once you get off the beaten path. When you check out these hidden landmarks, you’ll be sure to have a great time!