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Stretching for more than 23 miles, the "World's Most Famous Beach" is a must-see if you're in Daytona. Situated near the middle of the peninsula, the beach is famous for its large crowds, bustling pier and hard-packed sand. In fact, it's thanks to the sand's firm composition that drivers are allowed to park their cars right on the beach. Though some see this privilege as a major convenience, parents lament the fact the cars create another safety hazard for young children. However, there is a mile-long pedestrian-only zone that surrounds the pier. Beyond the pier you'll also find a variety of shops, bars and restaurants.

The beach is open 24 hours a day, but driving hours are limited to sunrise to sunset (permitting tidal conditions) between Nov. 1 and April 30, and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 31. Access to the beach is free, but you will have to shell out $5 per day to drive on the beach from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.

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#1 Daytona Beach Stretching for more than 23 miles, the "World's Most Famous Beach" is a must-see if you're in Daytona. Situated near the middle of the peninsula, the beach is ... Read more » Tom Hirtreiter / Shutterstock

#2 Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum A National Historic Landmark since 1998, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States. It's also a traveler favorite ... Read more » Lunchbox Photography / Flickr

#3 Daytona International Speedway 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 city's claim to fame ... Read more » The U.S. Army / Flickr

#4 Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) Just a short drive east of the airport and Daytona International Speedway, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) is one of the biggest and most popular museums in the ... Read more » Courtesy Museum of Arts and Sciences

#6 Daytona Lagoon If you need a break from the beach, head to the Daytona Lagoon. With a miniature golf course, go-kart racing, laser tag, a rock wall and a handful of amusement ... Read more » Gamweb / Wikimedia Commons

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Daytona Beach picture in Daytona
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse picture in Daytona
Daytona 500 picture in Daytona
Museum of Arts and Sciences picture in Daytona
Daytona Lagoon picture in Daytona

If you're not in Daytona for the cars, you're there for the beach. Enjoy the most comfortable temperatures from March to May. Tom Hirtreiter / Shutterstock

You'll have to climb up 203 steps to get to the top, but the arresting views of Daytona Beach and the Ponce Inlet are well worth the trek. Lunchbox Photography / Flickr

Held every February, the Daytona 500 is considered by many to be the most important race in NASCAR. The U.S. Army / Flickr

The Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of the most popular museums in the city thanks to its diverse collection of art. Pieces hail from locales as farflung as China, Cuba and Africa. Courtesy Museum of Arts and Sciences

It may be pricey, but Daytona Lagoon is a great place to keep the kids entertained. Gamweb / Wikimedia Commons

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