World's Most Famous Beach"
Daytona Beach is located at the
mouth of the Halifax River. The seat of Volutsia
County, it has a population of approximately
The site on which Daytona Beach
now sits was developed as a community in 1871 by
Mathias Day, for whom the city was named, and
incorporated in 1876. The St. Johns & Halifax
River Railway reached the city in 1886. In 1889,
the line was purchased by Henry
M. Flager, who made it
part of his Florida East Coast Railway. In 1926,
the cities of Daytona, Daytona Beach and
Seabreeze merged into one entity to form the
current City of Daytona Beach.
Major industries in the city
are printing, commercial fishing, and the
manufacture of electronic equipment and metal
products. Its location on the Intracoastal
Waterway makes Daytona Beach an important
shipping center. Tourism is also a major
contributor to the economy, as is the revenue
generated by various auto and motorcycle racing
events held at the Daytona International
Speedway. Daytona is also home to the National
Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) and the
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Daytona is home to Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman College,
Daytona Beach Community College, and a campus of
Sites and Attractions
"The World's Most Famous
Beach" attracts over 8 million tourists
every year, including several hundred thousand
bikers who congregate in Daytona to celebrate
Bike Week and Biketoberfest.
Stock car racing as an
organized sport had its beginnings on the beaches
of Daytona. The wide beaches with smooth,
compacted sand began attracting automobile and
motorcycle racers as early as 1902, and the area
soon became known as "The Birthplace of
Speed." The first stock car race was held on
the Daytona Beach Road Course on March 8, 1936.
In 1959, William France built Daytona
International Speedway to replace the beach
course. Today the Speedway hosts a number of
racing events every year, including: the Daytona
500, which officially opens the NASCAR season in
February; the Rolex 24-Hour Sports Car Race; the
Daytona 200, a motorcycle race; and the Pepsi 400
NASCAR race in July. The track is open to
visitors whenever races are not taking place.
Visitors to Daytona USA can see the car that won
the most recent Daytona 500, as well as a host of
exhibits detailing the history of stock car
Other major attractions
include: the International Motorsports Hall of
Fame; the Halifax Historical Museum; the Museum
of Arts and Sciences; the Southeast Museum of
Photography; and the Ponce de León Light, the
second tallest lighthouse in the United States.
The Daytona Cubs are a minor
league baseball team of the Florida State League.
Daytona Beach is also the
summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Daytona Beach Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau www.daytonabeach.com
Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of
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