March is coming...
And you know what that means – it’s time for Daytona Bike Week.
With the 80th-annual rally set to kick off Friday, March 5, the “World’s Biggest Motorcycle Festival” is set to draw hundreds of thousands of bikers for our 10-day event.
Here are some advice on things to do during Bike Week in Daytona. Check it out.
Cruise Main Street
Daytona Bike Week festivities have become geographically spread out over the past few years, but Main Street remains the cultural epicenter of the event.
The cavalcade of custom motorcycles cruising Main Street offers its own sort of impromptu show, while infamous businesses like Froggy's Saloon, The Bank, Main Street Station, and Dirty Harry's offer everything from live music and burnout contests to bikini competitions.
Tip: When you're done cruising, be careful where you park during Bike Week: curbside space is tight, and parking lots sometimes require long trips around the block.
Watch the Road Races
The Rolex Daytona 200 is one of the most prestigious races on the AMA schedule, and is thus named because the fastest qualifier traditionally receives a brand new Rolex for his (or her) speed.
With speeds approaching 200 mph aboard finely-tuned 1,000 cc sportbikes, this 57 lap race covers the 3.51 mile road course at breakneck pace.
There are also 600 cc races which cover Daytona's famous banked track.
Tip: Get a pit pass, and watch mechanics work on bikes while famous racers buzz past on scooters.
Meet Your Heroes
Big time personalities are a regular part of the Daytona scene, and from legendary bike customizers to top racers, you never know who you'll run into, .
Whether it's in pit row at the races or mingled among the masses at the Marketplace, you'll want to keep an eye open for famous motorcycling personalities.
Tip: Check the week's program for scheduled appearances and autograph sessions to determine who is where.
Enjoy AMA Supercross Action
Supercross is a high-flying, action-packed motocross-based competition that routinely fills stadiums and drops jaws. With its relentless action and spectacular spills, it's hard not enjoy Daytona's AMA Supercross action.
Tip: Don't blink; with so many racers simultaneously battling for the top spot, it's easy to miss out on some of the sport's most dramatic moments.
Ride on the Beach
Daytona is home to America’s most famous beach and it happens to be just a few blocks from the Main Street. If you've ever fantasized about riding your motorcycle on the sand, here's your chance!
Whether you’re looking to get a tan or see the famous sea turtle hatchlings, 23 miles of beach await.
Tip: Bring $3 in change and a healthy dose of self-restraint; the posted speed limit is 10 mph, and enforcement is usually looming nearby in order to keep everybody under control.
This year, the city of Daytona Beach expects more than half a million folks to infiltrate city limits.
Bike Week tends to attract enthusiastic lovers of life, and there's never a shortage of colorful folks to keep you entertained while you soak in the festivities. For the finest in people watching, look no further than Main Street. It is a veritable melting pot of some of the most extroverted people you'll see anywhere.
Tip: As tempting as it may be, try not to stare; it's not polite, and besides, there's always somebody more eccentric around the corner anyway.
Ormond Scenic Loop
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-plus mile loop traversing the natural scenery of northeast Florida. Ride your bike along this scenic path with ready access to the Atlantic Ocean, state parks and trails. Make a pit stop and enjoy boating, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Tip: Bring your good camera with you, to capture the expansive water views punctuated by dolphins jumping, turtles nesting and scrub vegetation. If you’re an outdoor lover, this is a must-do.
Of course there is more...
Visit Rockefeller’s Ormond Beach Home
On the Eastern Bank of the Halifax River lies the winter home of John D. Rockefeller. “Neighbor John,” as he preferred to be called, took part in many community activities in the area and entertained such guests as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Having multiple functions until it was left unoccupied for many years, the City of Ormond Beach purchased the home in 1973 and completed restoration in October 1979. Today the home serves as a museum, offering tours and exhibits throughout the massive home and grounds.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Just a short way down South Atlantic Avenue you will find another hidden treasure – the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Climb 175 feet to the top of the tallest lighthouse in the state and experience world-famous views of the world’s most famous beach.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier
Who doesn’t love shopping? The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is a combination of entertainment, shopping and dining options accompanied by scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the entertainment options are indoor and outdoor rides. Racing enthusiasts (right here!) can enjoy a self-guided tour of commemorative plaques along the boardwalk.