Once a spring break destination, the East Central Florida region has become a perfect family destination with fun attractions, pristine beaches, and plenty of things to do at night. Picture boating, Florida's surfing capital, fishing, birding, NASCAR, NASA, the Atlantic Ocean, a major cruise ship port, multi-colored sunsets, and the freshest seafood restaurants all lined up in one destination from north to south along Florida’s east coast.
Spend a day on the sandy beaches and make a splash as you learn to surf or paddle board. Get all your beach gear and supplies at the 24-hour Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. Visit Kennedy Space Center and watch a rocket launch into outer space. Attend the Daytona 500 and other engine-inspired events at the Daytona International Speedway. With so many thrilling activities in one region, visit east central Florida in any season for your next southern vacation.
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Daytona Beach is more than sand and surf. Culture seekers will enjoy visiting a variety of museums and art galleries. Make your way to the Halifax Historical Museum, the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences, and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Explore the universe at the completely digital planetarium for a tour of the night sky or fun laser light show.
Named after their most sought-after attraction, Daytona Beach is known as the “World's Most Famous Beach” for a good reason. Dip your toes in over 23 miles of powdery sand and admire the view of the blue Atlantic. Fish off the pier, stroll along the old-fashioned boardwalk complete with Ferris Wheel and attractions and catch a wave and surf in killer conditions. Play a game of sand volleyball or shop at the quaint boutiques along the shore.
The Grapefruit League represents all of the MLB’s tams that flock to the Sunshine State for their spring training. Watch your favorite home team practice and gear up for the upcoming baseball season each spring. Take a drive over to Port St. Lucie to see The Mets in action, or head to Jupiter to see the Cardinals and the Florida Marlins.