One of the United States’ most storied racetracks, the Daytona International Speedway is best known for hosting the Daytona 500: the most important annual race in the NASCAR calendar. Built in 1959 and located just a few miles from Daytona Beach, the course also holds other events, including Motocross racing, triathlons, and more.The Basics
A 500-acre motorsports complex that seats more than 100,000 spectators, Daytona International Speedway draws automotive enthusiasts from around the United States to attend a variety of races and other competitions throughout the year.
Even when events aren’t scheduled, regular tours are hosted at Daytona International Speedway. If you’ve got a need for speed, a range of ride-along and track-driving experiences will help you feel like a professional race car driver.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Outside food, drinks, and soft-sided coolers are permitted at all racing events; strollers are allowed into the venue but not in the seating areas.
- Smoking is not permitted in seating areas, though it is allowed in select smoking areas.
- Visitors are allowed to exit and re-enter during events.
- The speedway hosts several camping areas, which are open to cars, tents, pop-up campers, and trailers.
- Daytona International Speedway is accessible to those with limited mobility, and offers a number of accessibility services and features.
- Tickets to events can be purchased online or over the phone; the Daytona International Speedway app makes it easier to manage bookings and navigate the venue offline.
Daytona International Speedway is located off I-95 (if traveling from the north or south), or I-4 East (if traveling from the west); free parking is available on site. During special events (including the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero Sugar 400), shuttle services operated by ESCOT Buses travel between the racetrack and multiple Central Florida locations. Disability assistance carts, tram service vans, and park & ride buses also are operated.When to Get There
Daytona International Speedway is open daily. Tours are held multiple times daily, beginning at 9:30am and ending at 3:30pm. Various race hours vary; research specific event times in advance of your visit.
Other Daytona Beach Attractions
Beyond the racetrack, seaside Daytona Beach offers plenty of family-friendly attractions. In addition to its famed 23-mile (37-kilometer) beach, other highlights include the Daytona Boardwalk, Daytona Lagoon amusement park, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.