Daytona International Speedway
- Type: Sports
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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More than the miles of shoreline, Daytona is probably best known for the Daytona International Speedway. Since opening in 1959, the complex has been the focus point of the city, as host to the biggest racing competitions (like February's Daytona 500) and other smaller events throughout the year. On non-event days, you can walk onto the race track or take a guided tour via tram.
After your tour, stop by the DAYTONA 500 Experience, where the Daytona Dream Laps drive simulator lets you live out your own racing fantasies. Another option is to view an IMAX show. Also consider taking the Richard Petty Driving Experience where for a small fee you can ride around the track in a car with a professional driver -- and if you dare, you can even take the steering wheel yourself.
Exploring the track on foot will cost you nothing, but the tram or DAYTONA 500 Experience will charge a fee. The speedway and the DAYTONA 500 Experience are open every day, but you'll find limited hours on the track and extended hours at the DAYTONA 500 Experience on race days. Visit the website or call for more information.