Adventure Activities in Daytona Beach - Try if you dare

by Debi Lander, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 21st 2010 04:19 PM

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Daytona's connection to speed, NASCAR, and motorcycles, jumpstarts the city into action. Even if you're not a race enthusiast, drive over to the International Speedway to immerse yourself in the Daytona 500 Experience. The amusement-park-like attraction includes interactive racing simulators and games, video presentations, a museum and current day vehicles. You can test your ability to change a tire as fast as the pit crew, and tour the highly banked raceway. Those that are more daring might try an adventure activity in Daytona Beach from the list below:


1. Richard Petty Driving Experience


Watching a NASCAR race provides loud, unpredictable thrills, but imagine testing your own skills on the turf. The Richard Petty Driving Experience puts you in the driver's seat for the ultimate fan fantasy. After a few speed controlled practice spins with a professional driver, you'll get an adrenaline rush as you fire it up and speed around the 31-degree banked course. For those wanting a slightly tamer ride, choose to sit shotgun and ride along with an expert racer.

This Daytona Beach adventure activity isn't cheap, but the bragging rites and memories are priceless. You must know how to use a manual transmission, be able to climb through a 15" high by 30" wide window that sits 36" from the ground, and fit into a driving suit sizes S - 3X. Get behind the wheel on the tri-oval course and throttle up.

Online reservations necessary. Note: The track is currently being repaved and won't be reopened until January 2011.

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona, FL
1-800-237-3889
Hours vary
From $550

2. Bike Week or Biketoberfest


The world's largest motorcycle event, Biketoberfest, not only attracts traditional leather-clad Harley Davidson bikers, but enthusiasts from all walks of life and all ages. This festival of vintage and custom bikes is a cultural blend of "rubs," or rich urban bikers, executives, medical and legal professionals, along with easy rider hippie types and non-violent gang members. Yes, this Daytona adventure vacation week is something to see and hear.

To join in the action, rent a chopper and ride the 22-mile Bike Week Loop. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors this opportunity for bikers to become one with the open road and connect with Florida's natural beauty. You'll kick up a little dirt but likely leave with the story of a lifetime.

Biketoberfest
126 E Orange Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
386-255-0415

3. Skydive Deland


Deland, Florida lies just 20 minutes from Daytona and is the home of Skydive Deland, one of the premier skydive training centers in the world. Those daring enough can try a tandem parachute jump with assistance from the folks who helped develop the worldwide program. After ground and safety instruction, you and your tandem instructor are flown to an altitude of approximately two miles. You leap from the plane with the instructor strapped on your back, briefly free-falling at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Why not push yourself beyond your fears and experience one of the most empowering challenges and scenic Daytona outdoor activities.

Skydive Deland
1600 Flightline Blvd
Deland, FL, 32724
386-738-3539
$179 for first-time tandem jump

4. Daytona Beach Parasail


While not as scary as parachute jumping, parasail rides are a bold yet fun activity that lifts anyone willing – and we mean anyone – to new heights and scenic vistas. At Daytona Beach Parasail, there are no age or weight requirements and no prior experience needed. Flights ascend to at least 800 feet and can rise to the height of 2,000 feet over the water. Fly single, double, or triple side-by-side with captains licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Prices for this Daytona family adventure run from $65 to $100 and include transportation to and from your hotel, if needed.

Daytona Beach Parasail
4936 S Peninsula Dr
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
386-547-6067

5. Surfing Lessons or Stand Up Paddle Surfing


Children and adults can test their balance and coordination and gain an understanding of the ocean, wind and waves during surfing lessons. Surfari, just one mile north of Daytona in Ormond Beach, offers private, semi-private and group lessons. They use the Tail Stabilization Technique, in which an instructor hangs on to the tail of the surfboard helping to stabilize it until the student is standing.

Stand-up paddle surfing is growing in popularity and you can choose to receive instruction in proper handling and paddling techniques. Note: In order to stand-up surf, you first need to know how to surf in the traditional manner. Florida's tamer waters make this adventure activity in Daytona Beach ideal for anyone California or Hawaii dreamin'.

Surfari
52 Bovard Ave
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
386-299-3609
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