Our Local Picks

There’s always something exciting to see or do in Daytona Beach. Discover all of our hidden (and not-so-hidden) favorite places in the area. Read up on our favorite events, restaurants, activities and more in our blog.

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Rock out to the Classics at the Star Spangled Summer Concert Series

Every Friday and Saturday night through September 24, starting at 7:15, enjoy live music under the stars at the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell on the Boardwalk, just three miles north of the Sun Viking.

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Let the good times go full throttle at the Speedway!

Try a NASCAR Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Daytona International Speedway. It's as real as it gets when you drive a race car on one of the best speedways on the NASCAR circuit! Passing is allowed, and there are no lead cars to follow. You’ll drive timed racing sessions with no lap counting, and have access to in-car electronic radio communications with spotters.

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The envelope, please!

We are delighted to announce that the people have chosen. Sun Viking Lodge is ranked #1 among the “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the US” in the Travelers’ Choice Awards - a 2022 Best of the Best!

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A Sun Viking Staycation

We’re halfway into the year and decompressing is necessary. No matter when in the year you're longing to escape, let Sun Viking be your staycation away from reality, even if it’s for a quick weekend to recharge on the coast of Daytona.

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Rocking the Coast

Your quiet beachside escape is about to get loud, and you don’t want to miss out! If your travels to Sun Viking line up with May 19- 22nd, you’re just in time for the annual Welcome to Rockville, returning to the Daytona International Speedway for a weekend of iconic heavy metal and hardcore hits performed by icons like Kiss, Korn, Guns N’ Roses, and Nine Inch Nails.

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Daytona Spring Calendar

The spring breakers are coming and going on the shores of Daytona Beach. Get your to-do list in order and plan accordingly around some local favorite April events!

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From Beachside Bliss to Beaded Fun

It’s no secret that a trip to the greater Central Florida area can veer into many different directions. Your travels have brought you here to sunbathe on Sun Viking’s coast; however, a spring break trip to Daytona can easily turn into a New Orleans experience if you adventure inland. This March, make your trip even more memorable and head to Universal Studios Florida for Mardi Gras 2022.

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From The Lodge to the Speedway

If you’re heading to Daytona Beach in February, not only will you getting some of the best Florida weather, but you’ll be amongst the thousands coming into town for an exhilarating week of races at The Daytona International Speedway.

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Treat Yourself Daytona Style

You’re on vacation and just so happened to have received some gift money to utilize after the craziness of the holiday season dies down. You’re in the right place to experience the best shopping hubs in Florida! We have your shopping itinerary for a shop-till-you-drop kind of day.

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Central Florida Lights Up This Winter

After a day of soaking up the sun, hop in the car and explore. Central Florida is lit up this holiday season with memorable family-fun events. 

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Country-Hop The Tasty Way

Most minds jump straight to the big castle when thinking of Walt Disney World. This November, set some time aside during your beach vacation to head inland for a full day of exciting and new fun at Epcot. 

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Get Your Motor Running at Biketoberfest®

Now in its 29th year running, Bikertoberfest® will purr its way into Daytona Beach from October 14th through the 17th.

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Work Hard, Play Now

This Labor Day, don’t let all the hard work that you’ve provided throughout the year go unnoticed. It’s time to celebrate and unwind.

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See Daytona Beach From A New Light

With so many things to see in Daytona Beach, from white sand and a bustling boardwalk to local restaurants and an iconic race track, you’ll need more than a day to discover all of our city—unless you find a better vantage point.

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Clean As A Whistle And Ready to Wow

Creating a space for good, clean fun has been our family’s vision ever since the Sun Viking Lodge opened in Daytona Beach more than five decades ago. But, it’s never been more important to us, especially over the past year. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce that we’ve achieved AAA’s "Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping" award for 2021! This coveted award recognizes hotels that have received AAA’s highest possible scores for cleanliness and condition.

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An Award-Winning Hotel on Daytona Beach

When it comes to planning a summer vacation, Daytona Beach is hard to beat. Boasting dozens of exciting attractions, year-round sunshine, and a calendar chock-full of events, Daytona offers something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Best of all, our award-winning resort is within walking distance of it all!

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The Wonderful Wildlife of Daytona Beach

Between the white sands and marshy waterways of Daytona Beach, a vibrant range of wildlife has made its home. During your stay in Daytona, be sure to get outside and explore the diverse Florida habitats teeming with beautiful flora and fauna.

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The Museums of Daytona Beach

People may come to Daytona for the fast races and pristine beaches, but they stay for the culture. Daytona Beach has a rich history that is proudly told in various museums and a vibrant art scene that you’re never too far away from. To help explore this scene and learn more about Daytona’s history, here are some recommended museums to visit.

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Ride to Daytona for Bike Week

Every March, locals will notice a new atmosphere surrounding Daytona Beach. It comes out of nowhere and lasts for several days. Luckily, Florida doesn’t get any hurricanes in March, so we could only be talking about the exciting Bike Week!

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory

Nothing compliments the perfect beach vacation like some freshly made gourmet chocolate. Here in Daytona Beach, the best place for this perfect snack is Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. A visit here will be a great treat for the whole family.

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Feel the Snow in Florida with Daytona Ice Arena Skateacular

Ice skating is a fun event all year round, but there’s something extra special about the experience during the peak of the holiday season. On Sunday, December 22, Daytona Ice Arena invites you to join for a mix of holiday-themed fun and the best ice skating around.

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Come Along for the Ride at the Daytona Turkey Run

Here in Daytona, the holidays are welcomed a little bit differently. For 46 years, the Daytona International Speedway has been taken over every Thanksgiving to bring you the Daytona Turkey Run. This multi-day festival is a car lover’s dream and the perfect family event.

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Start Halloween Off With a Treat

It’s no secret that kids love trick-or-treating. However, finding the perfect place to do so can get pretty tricky when you are on vacation. This year, don’t worry about which neighborhoods to go to and risk getting lost or something even worse: not finding enough candy! Instead, head over to the Volusia Mall for Halloween Street Market.

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Lose Yourself to the Music at the 19th Annual Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival

Good music will always brighten up your day regardless of where it’s coming from. However, there’s something quite special about pairing good music with a beautiful beach. From September 26 - 29, the 19th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival is here to give you a yearly dose of cool jazz and warm vibes.

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Family Fun at One Daytona

You’ve relaxed by the pool, strolled along the beach, and caught a race or two at the Daytona International Speedway... now what? Daytona Beach sometimes feels like a city filled with endless fun and activities—and honestly, that’s not far off. One of the best ways to experience this vibe for yourself is to stop by One Daytona and let the hours just melt away.

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Free Fireworks and Concerts all Summer Long

Imagine sitting on the beach as the sun goes down. Suddenly, you start to hear your favorite tunes and have to do a double take to make sure it’s really a tribute band and not 80-year-old legends on the stage. After the last guitar chord is finished resonating through the crowd, the fireworks are cued and light up the night sky. You’re having a blast, but you’re also confused because Independence Day was 2 weeks ago.

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Summer Fun in Daytona

It’s no secret that a place like Daytona, with its beautiful beaches, is one of the best places for a summer getaway. When you stay at Sun Viking Lodge, you’ll never be too far from the action. With direct access to the beach and a location in the heart of Daytona, you can fully take advantage of everything that the gorgeous weather has to offer.

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Make a Splash at Daytona Lagoon

In Florida, it’s pretty obvious when summer creeps up right around the corner; it sometimes feels like there’s just no escape from the heat. This summer, instead of trying to beat the heat, have some fun in it! One of the best ways to enjoy the summer for all its glory in Daytona Beach is to spend the day switching back and forth between extreme relaxation and heart-pumping plunges at Daytona Lagoon.

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Family Fun at Aloha Falls Miniature Golf

Daytona Beach has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so naturally, the best activities will be close by with a great view. This Spring, as you roam Daytona looking for some fun events with the kids, consider a top-notch beachfront mini golf that’s sure to please the whole family. Conveniently located less than a five-minute walk away from Sun Viking Lodge, Aloha Falls Miniature Golf is your go-to destination for oceanside family fun.

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Experience the Legendary Race

If you’re daring enough to brave the harsh Florida winter, then February in Daytona is something you definitely don’t want to miss. Every year since 1959, beautiful Daytona Beach, FL has been hosting the legendary Daytona 500. This year, on February 17, come feel the adrenaline rush for yourself and see why this race is the undisputed king of NASCAR. 

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Get Your Engines Ready for Bike Week

Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts! Ready to line up and watch your favorite pros race against each other at the Daytona International Speedway? Although Daytona Beach is best known for hosting the popular NASCAR events, including the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero Sugar 400, the Speedway is a popular event venue year-round.

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