The Ormond Beach Seafood Festival immerses marine-eating enthusiasts in a bevy of culinary and musical selections. The festival creates a tidal wave of taste with seafood favorites from local restaurants including RiverGrille, Hull's Seafood Market, and SmokeShack BBQ, as well as Hershey's Ice Cream, which offers 48 hit flavors and a wall of candies. Festival-goers can also emulate sailor stereotypes by purchasing beer and wine from sponsor S.R. Perrott and then standing watch for hours and hours. Parents can steer their schools of human fish to the children's activity area, where kids can enjoy face painting and bounce houses.
Set against the bright blue sky, Paragon Ocean Walk 10's colorful façade bursts with primary colors, its yellow awnings jutting out from a large red rotunda. The real sights are inside, however, where Sony 4K digital projectors beam the latest blockbuster movies over the stadium seating and onto the silver screen. Other luxury amenities include servings of beer and wine at the concession stands and—for private events—rooms with a view of the ocean and its classic films screened on tall ships' white sails.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
The Peabody annually features touring Broadway shows, music and dance, concert artists, civic programs, and juried competitions. Situated in a historic beachside neighborhood, the Peabody Auditorium is a favorite venue for a host of returning performance artists and production companies.
As one of the only dedicated art houses in Daytona Beach, Cinematique's all-digital theater and surround-sound system immerse theatergoers in national, international, and local independent flicks. In addition to the latest celluloid, Cinematique screens cultural events, pairs indie movies with live improv comedy, and hosts a Saturday-night showcase for local filmmakers, musicians, poets, and Oscar-statue impersonators. Through its Daytona Beach Film Festival, Cinematique supplies audiences with a vast assortment of movies, from internationally acclaimed directors to local and student filmmakers. The theater also illumes an inflatable screen with cinematic classics at free outdoor showings at Riverfront Park, commencing each film at dusk so patrons and cinephilic fruit bats can relish its crystalline picture quality.
The self-proclaimed "world center of racing," Daytona Beach sits on the Atlantic along central Florida’s east coast. The city's love affair with motorsports began in the early 1900s, when industry pioneers would test their motorcycles and horseless carriages on the area's densely packed white sands. Today, visitors can still drive on designated areas of the 23-mile long beach. There, beachfront bars, volleyball matches, and skywriting hangman contests offer no shortage of entertainment. For an authentic motorsports experience, follow the sounds of engine roaring to the Daytona International Speedway, a 480-acre complex located across from the hotel. Guests can attempt a 16-second pit-stop challenge on a professional racecar and tour the official garages. Even non-racing fans can appreciate the g-force from inside one of Richard Petty Driving Experience’s ride-along stock cars, as a professional driver makes a three-lap trip around the speedway at speeds up to 160 mph ($135).Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.