Discover the Unexpected in the ‘New’ Daytona Beach
New Attractions, Accommodations and Art on the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Visitors are discovering a new Daytona Beach – an exciting chapter in the destination’s history showcasing its racing heritage, idyllic East Coast oceanfront location and impressive arts affiliation. Now open are Daytona Beach’s first oceanfront rollercoaster and the world’s first oceanfront Hyatt Place. Currently underway is a $400 million expansion at Daytona International Speedway, and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art that will house the world’s largest collection of Florida art. In the planning stage is a new Hard Rock Hotel & Café set to open in 2016. These additions – and an eclectic culinary scene, off-the-beaten-path attractions for thrill seekers and year-round cultural events – offer visitors unexpected delights on their Florida beach vacation and have led to Daytona Beach being selected as one of the Best Florida Attractions
The Sand Blaster rollercoaster, a first for Daytona Beach, opened in August 2013, at the Boardwalk & Pier. Measuring 80’ tall, 212’ long and racing passengers at speeds of up to 50 mph, this exciting new ride is surprisingly affordable at just $6. Join in the fun along the oceanfront Boardwalk where outdoor and indoor attractions flank the classic arcade built in 1938 and the latest addition, Joe’s Crab Shack.
The world’s first oceanfront Hyatt Place opened in October 2013, offering direct beach access for 143 rooms, and an expansive oceanfront pool and spa with pool bar. Families enjoy its petfriendly status, the complimentary Kitchen Skillet™ breakfast, and private balcony and Cozy Corner™ sectional sleeper sofa in every room. Business travelers appreciate the property’s sleek style, 24/7 Gallery Café serving Starbucks ® drinks and 24-hour StayFit@Hyatt.
Race fans will rejoice over the DAYTONA Rising Project – a $400 million overhaul at Daytona International Speedway that will create a world-class facility with premium amenities and unparalleled conveniences and experiences when it opens in January 2016. By the numbers – three new concourse levels that will span the frontstretch; five expanded and redesigned fan entrances called ‘injectors’; 11 social areas dubbed ‘neighborhoods,’ each the size of a football field with open sightline and dozens of video screens so no one will miss the on-track action; more than 60 new luxury trackside suites with patios; 14 elevators and 40 escalators in the new grandstand; and, 101,000 new 20”-21” grandstand seats featuring backs and arm rests.
The Museum of Arts & Sciences is welcoming the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, a $13 million facility filled with 2,700 paintings dating from the 19 th century, the most extensive collection of Florida art worldwide. Slated to open in 2015, the 26,000-square-foot home of the Brown’s unprecedented collection will also feature a mezzanine showcasing their signature pieces, six changing galleries, conference and education rooms, a café with outdoor seating and a gift shop. A preview exhibit, “Women Painting Florida,” is now open at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
Nearly 1.1 million square feet of premier shopping, dining, accommodations, theater and entertainment are planned just steps from the ‘World Center of Racing’ and minutes from the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’ on 181 acres along International Speedway Boulevard. Bass Pro Shops ® , America’s most popular outdoor store, and Cobb Theatres, the highly respected Southeastern-based exhibitor, have signed letters of intent to anchor One Daytona.
Since the debut of last fall’s foodie celebration, Dine Around Daytona Beach, the area’s culinary scene has exploded with new offerings. The month-long restaurant program introduced visitors to off-the-beaten-path eateries and independent restaurants serving specialty fare. Local and visitor favorites include the vegetarian-friendly Dancing Avocado Kitchen, newly-opened Kale Café and Juice Bar specializing in vegan cuisine, the Florida seafood-inspired Azure, and Fusion 43, serving fresh seasonal menu items.
Recently ranked in the top 15 places to play golf in the U.S., Daytona Beach offers numerous courses for the serious player and weekend warrior. With year-round affordable greens fees, visitors can choose to play where the pros do – LPGA International, home course of the LPGA Tour – or choose from more than 20 other fine courses, all participating in Discover Daytona Beach Golf.
Along with the all-new rollercoaster, Daytona Beach offers visitors plenty of adventure that you won’t find at any other beach destination. How about ziplining through the treetops at ZoomAir Adventure Park? Or, if your need for speed would be better served on the ground, then get behind the wheel of a racecar at the Richard Petty Driving Experience taking a lap around the world famous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway
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