Category: Florida

Daytona, Florida

A- Overview:

Listen for the thunderous roar of a racecar engine, the thunderous roar of thousands of motorcycles or the thunderous roar of numerous college students on Spring Break. If you hear any or all of the above, you are probably in Daytona Beach, Florida!

Daytona Beach is located on the Atlantic coast in central eastern Florida, only an hour away from busting Orlando. The waters of the Halifax River cut through the middle of the city, running north to south and separating the beaches from the downtown area.

Daytona has been a mainstay of vacationers for over 100 years. It received its recognition as the “birthplace of speed” from the various land speed records set in neighboring Ormond Beach in the 1940’s. In the 1950’s, and still continuing today, young people from around the country come from the nation’s colleges and universities to enjoy their Spring Break. Motorsports gained new ground in 1959 with the opening of the Daytona Beach International Speedway, which continues to satisfy hundreds of thousands of speed-loving racing fans each year.

Naturally, the Daytona International Speedway is a must see during your visit whether it is a race day or not. You can enjoy NASCAR, IROC, AMA, sports car, and other racing throughout the year. Located right next door is Daytona USA, a one-of-a-kind interactive motor sports attraction featuring hands-on activities designed to appeal to everyone.

The Jackie Robinson Ballpark is an active Class A affiliate park that remains much the same as it was on March 17, 1946 when Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game.

A unique “spooky” adventure is to take the Daytona Ghost Walk. It’s an entertaining journey blending history, scientific data and haunting tales as you walk the streets of the city.

Bikeweek and Spring Break take place in March and at that time Daytona hopes for great crowds, great weather and great fun. Daytona is known for its beach and for its true hospitality. With moderate temperatures year round, there is always some sight to see, some event to attend, and some attraction to experience. Racing fans can hear the thunder of the engines at many times during the year, but February is the peak time, culminating with the Daytona 500.

Main Street Pier and nearby Ocean Walk Village are the focal points of beach activities—concessions, arcades, water-sports equipment rentals, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. You can even fish from the pier. New to the beach-front scene is Ocean Walk Village, fresh from a $250 million renovation. This Oceanside district, rich in history, is leading a major revitalization effort. Beneath the multicolored beams, you’ll find shops, movie theaters with stadium seating, and restaurants.

As you stroll down the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, you’ll notice that the granite blocks paving the walkway recount historic racing events. Most of those races were held on the beach before the International Speedway was built in 1959.

There is still an opportunity to actually drive your car on the hard-packed sands of the beach in certain areas. The silica is so hard-packed that vehicles are permitted as long as they keep their cruising speed below 10 mph. What a great story to tell your friends when you return home. Of course, any time of the year is great for working on your tan. The beaches are free, and the water temperature is always refreshing.

When you tire of the surf and sand, there are plenty of local haunts where you can eat, party and shop in the Daytona area. No matter what time of year you visit, Daytona will welcome you.

The central area is the heart of Daytona Beach. It includes the Ladies Professional Golfing Association International golf courses, the Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona Beach International Airport. The beach area extends all the way to the Halifax Harbor Marina and includes such attractions as the Main Street Pier, Ocean Walk Village and the Oceanfront Boardwalk.

The south end extends from Daytona Beach Shores, along 5.5 miles of sandy beaches, to the fishing village of Ponce Inlet, home of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and the Marine Science Center.

On the north end you’ll encounter Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, quaint beach communities offering a quieter experience (no beach driving). Ormond Beach extends across the Halifax River, so there are inland and beachside parts of town. This is the first town you’ll approach if heading south on Interstate 95.

Daytona Beach is only a short drive from many of Florida’s best known theme parks and attractions. Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios are only an hour west and Kennedy Space Center an hour to the south. If you have the time, they are worth the trip.

With so much to see and do, Daytona offers its visitors a host of opportunities and unique experiences. Combining beautiful weather, great attractions, world class events, with great food and great entertainment, it’s a Florida city you won’t want to miss.

B- City Information:
Population: 64,112

Elevation: 10 Feet Above Sea Level

Land Area: 58.7 Square Miles

Location: On the Atlantic Ocean, 54 miles northeast of Orlando, 251 miles north of Miami and 78 miles south of Jacksonville

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
58.4
60.0
64.7
68.9
74.8
79.7
81.7
81.5
79.9
74.0
67.0
60.8

High temperature (°F)
69.7
71.1
75.6
79.8
85.0
88.8
91.0
90.1
87.9
82.6
76.9
71.4

Low temperature (°F)
47.1
48.8
53.6
58.0
64.5
70.6
72.4
72.8
71.9
65.2
56.9
50.1

Precipitation (in)
3.1
2.7
3.8
2.5
3.3
5.7
5.2
6.1
6.6
4.5
3.0
2.7

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
7
7
8
6
8
13
13
14
14
11
7
7

Wind speed (mph)
8.8
9.3
9.8
9.4
8.9
8.0
7.3
7.0
8.0
8.9
8.3
8.3

Morning humidity (%)
88
87
87
86
85
87
89
91
90
87
88
88

Afternoon humidity (%)
59
57
55
54
57
63
64
67
67
63
60
61

Sunshine (%)
60
63
69
74
72
67
64
63
59
62
62
56

Days clear of clouds
9
9
10
11
10
6
5
5
5
9
10
9

Partly cloudy days
9
8
10
11
11
13
14
15
13
10
10
9

Cloudy days
13
12
12
9
10
12
12
11
12
11
10
13

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

With so many nationally and internationally known events taking place in this seaside Florida city, every time is a great time for a visit. Bikeweek and Spring Break take place in March and you can expect great crowds, great weather and great fun. Daytona is known for its beach and its races. It’s been a favorite of vacationers for over 100 years. With moderate temperatures year round, there is always some site to visit, some event to attend, and some attraction to experience. Racing fans can hear the thunder of the engines at many times during the year but February is the peak time, culminating with the Daytona 500. The city also lets its visitors actually ride their cars on the hard-packed sands of the beach in certain areas. What a great story to tell your friends when you return home! Of course, any time of the year is great for working on your tan. There is no charge to visit the beach, and the water temperature is always refreshing. No matter what time of year you visit, Daytona will welcome you with a thunderous roar.

How to Get There:

By Air:

Daytona Beach International Airport

386-248-8030

Located only 4 miles inland from the beach, the airport makes arriving in Daytona Beach as pleasant as staying here. Daytona Beach is a convenient alternative to the uncertainties of Orlando and Jacksonville traffic.

The airport is served by many of the major airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

There are numerous rental car companies available in the terminal, and all major car rental companies are easily acceptable.

Other airports within a two hour drive are:

Orlando Sanford Airport

International charter and scheduled domestic service. The Daytona Beach area is located 35 miles northeast of the Orlando Sanford Airport via Interstate 4.

Orlando International Airport

Located an hour’s drive from Daytona Beach, Orlando International Airport is one of the nation’s major airports and serviced by many domestic and international carriers.

Jacksonville International Airport

Another option for those arriving by air is Jacksonville International Airport, approximately two hours drive north of Daytona Beach. This airport is conveniently located near Interstate I-95, the main North-South highway connecting the two cities.

By Car:

Driving to the Daytona Beach area is easy, as two of the state’s major interstates intersect here – Interstate 95, which runs north and south and Interstate 4, which comes in from the west. Other major roads leading into the area are U.S. Highway 1; U.S. Highway 92; State Route 40, which connects to Interstate 75; and scenic Highway A1A along the Atlantic coastline.

By Bus:

Greyhound Bus Lines

138 South Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach FL 32114

386-255-7076

By Train:

Amtrak

800-USA-RAIL

Servicing the Daytona Beach area, the Amtrak train station is located just a half-hour drive from the beach in the city of DeLand. The station is served by the Silver line, which runs North-South, and the sunset Limited, an east-west route.

How to Get Around:

Local ground transportation is available throughout the area. Choose from taxis, limousines, car rentals, buses, trolleys and beach trams. For large groups, vans and motor coach charters are available.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
The Beach

Daytona Beach is a 23-mile span of sand that’s wide enough to walk, drive and park on. Main Street Pier and nearby Ocean Walk Village are the focal points of beach activities and contain concessions, arcades, water-sports equipment rentals, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. You can even fish from the pier.

New to the beach-front is Ocean Walk Village, an upscale shopping and entertainment area. This Oceanside district, rich in history, is leading the revitalization effort in the waterfront area.

The granite blocks paving the walkway recount historic racing events. Most of those races were held on the beach before the International Speedway was built in 1959.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Behind Ocean Avenue between Main Street and Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

(386) 673-2080
Step back in time and enjoy the old-fashioned arcades, then test your driving skills at the mini go-cart track. Visit the souvenir shops for fascinating trinkets and souvenirs. Main Street Pier is a beach landmark. Brightly colored cable cars run along the pier. There is musical entertainment at the historic, sun-washed oceanfront Bandshell, which hosts open-air live musical acts, from reggae bands to pops-style band music, from April to December. Call for more information on the Bandshell Concert Series

Daytona International Speedway

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 253-7223. Toll-free 1-800-PIT-SHOP.
Daily 9 am-6 pm. Fees vary by activity.
This 2.5-mi/4-km track is home to the Daytona 500, Pepsi 400 and several other major events sanctioned by NASCAR, which is headquartered in Daytona Beach. When there is no racing, the visitors’ center offers guided tram tours of the track. The Daytona USA attraction has NASCAR history exhibits as well as several interactive activities, including Daytona Dreamlap: a wild simulator ride based on the Daytona 500 race. Check out the Richard Petty Ride-Along. You can ride in a stock car for a few laps around this world-famous race course for a fee. With proper instruction, you can even drive the course yourself.

Museum of Arts and Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 255-0285

Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm. Admission charged.

The only portrait of Argentina’s Eva Peron painted while she was alive is housed in this interesting and diverse museum. Among its permanent exhibits are collections of art from China, Africa and Cuba. There is also an extensive fossil record of Florida’s Pleistocene mammals (included are a rare elephant and a 13-foot-tall giant ground sloth). Changing exhibits too. The museum operates a planetarium and maintains a sculpture garden.

Marine Science Center at Lighthouse Point Park

100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.

(386) 304-5545.

Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 9-5 pm, Friday 9 am-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 .
Nestled in Lighthouse Park, amidst nature trails and a boardwalk, the Marine Science Center displays wonders of the aquatic world. Explore the 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, interactive displays and a wet-dry lab. The museum highlight is the sea turtle rehabilitation program.

Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park

Old Dixie Highway north of Ormond Beach

(386) 517-2084.

Open daily 9 -5 . Admission charged per vehicle.
Explore the peaceful grounds of a plantation and sugar mill, founded in 1821 and destroyed during the Seminole Indian War. Visit the ruins and open-air museum and hike nature trails.

Ocean Walk Village
If you’re visiting Beach Front Park, this lively shopping and entertainment center is a refreshing experience. Ocean Walk Village offers restaurants, a margarita and fajita bar and the best mai tais outside of Hawaii. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market. For a sweet treat, try their gumpberry cobbler. The Village also includes Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, a Harley Davidson storefront and a 10-screen, all-stadium movie theater. 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Riverfront Marketplace
This shopping center offers a variety of desirable shopping and dining options. Parking is free. 300 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Phone 386-671-3272.

The Casements

25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

386-676-3216.

Free admission, donations welcome.
Guided tours Monday-Friday 10 am-2:30 pm, Saturday 10-11:30 am. Museum opens 9 am Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Wander freely through the first and second floors of the former winter home of John D. Rockefeller, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you’ll discover eclectic assortments of museum quality items. The Casements is a cultural center for Ormond Beach, offering classes, exhibits, events and a gift shop.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet, Florida

(386) 761-1821.

Open daily. Summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 10 am-9 pm, final entry 8 pm. Admission charged.
Rising from the scenic fishing village of Ponce Inlet is the second tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can climb the 230 spiraling stairs to reach the lighthouse gallery and a stunning view of the inlet.

Lighthouse Park at Ponce Inlet

Open daily 6 am-9 pm. Admission charged per vehicle.

(386) 304-5520.
After visiting the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse south of town, head to neighboring Lighthouse Point Park and enjoy the peaceful beauty of this 52-acre preserve. Stroll down nature trails or visit the beaches. There are two: one solely for people and the other specifically for the family canine members.

Sports

Daytona Beach is known as the best sports beach around. Local rental companies make many choices possible:

Rent an all-terrain vehicle, a bicycle or a surfboard.

Several charter boats offer deep-sea fishing trips, and parasailing is available.

You can also water ski, windsurf and ride Jet Skis. Popular surf clinics are available through local surf shops.

Nearly 20 golf courses surround the city, including the Indigo Lakes Golf Course, considered among the best in the state. Moreover, Daytona Beach is home to the Ladies Professional Golfing Association. LPGA International features two public 18-hole golf courses and a three-hole golf academy.

Arts and Entertainment

Seaside Music Theatre

Two locations: 176 Beach St. and 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 252-6200. Toll free 800-854-5592.

Daytona Beach’s only professional theater offers entertaining musical shows. Productions are staged in the summer and winter months and feature a full-pit orchestra. Intimate plays and musical revues are the fare in the winter season, while summer brings five musicals and a children’s production.

Shopping
There are plenty of beachwear and water toys in shops along the ocean. Shops on Atlantic Avenue carry trendy surf wear and swimsuits.

Visitors looking for antiques and collectibles, can head to Beach Street, between Bay Street and Orange Avenue.

Motorcycle riders looking to complete their outfits or add some bells to their bikes will find several shops north of the Daytona Speedway, on Beach Street, including the world-renowned Harley-Davidson Store.

Daytona Flea & Farmers Market

2987 Bellevue Ave. (at the junction of I-95 and US 92), Daytona Beach.

(386) 253-3330.

Friday-Sunday, 8 am-5 pm.
With more than 1,000 vendors, this is one of the largest open-air shopping venues in the state. Look for fresh produce, citrus and seafood at the farmers’ market.

Volusia Mall
The area’s biggest shopping center, Volusia Mall, is near the speedway on International Speedway Boulevard. It boasts more than 100 stores, anchored by major retailers.

The Trails Shopping Center in Ormond Beach features quality shopping in an outdoor marketplace setting.

Fountain Square Shopping Village

142 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.

(386) 677-3845.
This is a lovely little shopping plaza with a European flair. It showcases upscale boutiques.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
The Beach

Daytona Beach is a 23-mile span of sand that’s wide enough to walk, drive and park on. Main Street Pier and nearby Ocean Walk Village are the focal points of beach activities and contain concessions, arcades, water-sports equipment rentals, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. You can even fish from the pier.

New to the beach-front is Ocean Walk Village, an upscale shopping and entertainment area. This Oceanside district, rich in history, is leading the revitalization effort in the waterfront area.

The granite blocks paving the walkway recount historic racing events. Most of those races were held on the beach before the International Speedway was built in 1959.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Behind Ocean Avenue between Main Street and Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

(386) 673-2080
Step back in time and enjoy the old-fashioned arcades, then test your driving skills at the mini go-cart track. Visit the souvenir shops for fascinating trinkets and souvenirs. Main Street Pier is a beach landmark. Brightly colored cable cars run along the pier. There is musical entertainment at the historic, sun-washed oceanfront Bandshell, which hosts open-air live musical acts, from reggae bands to pops-style band music, from April to December. Call for more information on the Bandshell Concert Series

Daytona International Speedway

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 253-7223. Toll-free 1-800-PIT-SHOP.
Daily 9 am-6 pm. Fees vary by activity.
This 2.5-mi/4-km track is home to the Daytona 500, Pepsi 400 and several other major events sanctioned by NASCAR, which is headquartered in Daytona Beach. When there is no racing, the visitors’ center offers guided tram tours of the track. The Daytona USA attraction has NASCAR history exhibits as well as several interactive activities, including Daytona Dreamlap: a wild simulator ride based on the Daytona 500 race. Check out the Richard Petty Ride-Along. You can ride in a stock car for a few laps around this world-famous race course for a fee. With proper instruction, you can even drive the course yourself.

Museum of Arts and Sciences
1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 255-0285

Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm. Admission charged.

The only portrait of Argentina’s Eva Peron painted while she was alive is housed in this interesting and diverse museum. Among its permanent exhibits are collections of art from China, Africa and Cuba. There is also an extensive fossil record of Florida’s Pleistocene mammals (included are a rare elephant and a 13-foot-tall giant ground sloth). Changing exhibits too. The museum operates a planetarium and maintains a sculpture garden.

Marine Science Center at Lighthouse Point Park

100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.

(386) 304-5545.

Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 9-5 pm, Friday 9 am-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 .
Nestled in Lighthouse Park, amidst nature trails and a boardwalk, the Marine Science Center displays wonders of the aquatic world. Explore the 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, interactive displays and a wet-dry lab. The museum highlight is the sea turtle rehabilitation program.

Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park

Old Dixie Highway north of Ormond Beach

(386) 517-2084.

Open daily 9 -5 . Admission charged per vehicle.
Explore the peaceful grounds of a plantation and sugar mill, founded in 1821 and destroyed during the Seminole Indian War. Visit the ruins and open-air museum and hike nature trails.

Ocean Walk Village
If you’re visiting Beach Front Park, this lively shopping and entertainment center is a refreshing experience. Ocean Walk Village offers restaurants, a margarita and fajita bar and the best mai tais outside of Hawaii. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market. For a sweet treat, try their gumpberry cobbler. The Village also includes Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, a Harley Davidson storefront and a 10-screen, all-stadium movie theater. 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Riverfront Marketplace
This shopping center offers a variety of desirable shopping and dining options. Parking is free. 300 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Phone 386-671-3272.

The Casements

25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

386-676-3216.

Free admission, donations welcome.
Guided tours Monday-Friday 10 am-2:30 pm, Saturday 10-11:30 am. Museum opens 9 am Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Wander freely through the first and second floors of the former winter home of John D. Rockefeller, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you’ll discover eclectic assortments of museum quality items. The Casements is a cultural center for Ormond Beach, offering classes, exhibits, events and a gift shop.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet, Florida

(386) 761-1821.

Open daily. Summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 10 am-9 pm, final entry 8 pm. Admission charged.
Rising from the scenic fishing village of Ponce Inlet is the second tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can climb the 230 spiraling stairs to reach the lighthouse gallery and a stunning view of the inlet.

Lighthouse Park at Ponce Inlet

Open daily 6 am-9 pm. Admission charged per vehicle.

(386) 304-5520.
After visiting the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse south of town, head to neighboring Lighthouse Point Park and enjoy the peaceful beauty of this 52-acre preserve. Stroll down nature trails or visit the beaches. There are two: one solely for people and the other specifically for the family canine members.

Sports

Daytona Beach is known as the best sports beach around. Local rental companies make many choices possible:

Rent an all-terrain vehicle, a bicycle or a surfboard.

Several charter boats offer deep-sea fishing trips, and parasailing is available.

You can also water ski, windsurf and ride Jet Skis. Popular surf clinics are available through local surf shops.

Nearly 20 golf courses surround the city, including the Indigo Lakes Golf Course, considered among the best in the state. Moreover, Daytona Beach is home to the Ladies Professional Golfing Association. LPGA International features two public 18-hole golf courses and a three-hole golf academy.

Arts and Entertainment

Seaside Music Theatre

Two locations: 176 Beach St. and 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

(386) 252-6200. Toll free 800-854-5592.

Daytona Beach’s only professional theater offers entertaining musical shows. Productions are staged in the summer and winter months and feature a full-pit orchestra. Intimate plays and musical revues are the fare in the winter season, while summer brings five musicals and a children’s production.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

February

Speedweeks

386-253-7223

The action kicks off with the open-wheel Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Daily racing events lead up to the prestigious Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway.

Call for additional information.

March

Bike Week

Today Bike Week has transformed into a 10-day festival that expands throughout Volusia County. There are hundreds of events for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy. Bike Week now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and is enjoyed by locals and motorcycle enthusiasts’ world wide.

Call for additional information

Spring Break

Daytona Beach is easy on the budget. With affordable, “student friendly” Spring Break hotels in the heart of the action, we’ve got the perfect choice for your Spring Break vacation.

Call for additional information

Spring Car Show and Swap

This annual event is the perfect opportunity to see some of the greatest cars ever made.

Call for additional information

April

Black College Reunion

386-671-3421

This annual spring gathering of students and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities features concerts and a street festival.

Call for additional information

July

Florida International Festival

This multi-day event, which occurs every other year, features the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), which calls the Daytona Beach area it’s Official American Summer Home. Through a variety of world-class performances, entertainment ranging from music and dance to comedy and family favorites are presented through both free and paid programs.

Call for additional information

October

Biketoberfest

The event of the Fall for Bikers. The newest addition to the list of international motorcycle events is usually held the third weekend in October. Look for motorcycle shows, demos, concerts and a great ride before storing the bike away for the winter.

November

Swinging Under the Stars at the Halifax Art Festival

386-671-3272

More than 280 artists from throughout the country participate to compete for prize money and display their works of art at the event which takes place along Beach Street’s Riverfront Marketplace in historic downtown Daytona Beach. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, two food courts and two entertainment stages.

Call for additional information

Birthplace of Speed Celebration

386-566-2537

Presented by the Antique Automobile Club of America Volusia Chapter, this event commemorates Ormond Beach’s role in the development of automobile racing. This nostalgic event features an antique car show and a parade.

Call for additional information

Daytona Turkey Run

386-255-7355

The Southeast’s largest car show and swap meet takes place Thanksgiving weekend in the infield of Daytona International Speedway.

Call for additional information

Tallahassee, Florida

A- Overview:
Nearer to Atlanta than Miami, Tallahassee is “The Other Florida” in attitude, topography, climate and lifestyle. This northern Florida city blends a casual Southern style with the vibrant atmosphere of a major city. Tallahassee also holds the distinction of being the capital of the state of Florida.

“Tallahassee” is an Apalachee Indian word meaning “old town” or “abandoned fields”. The original inhabitants knew a good thing when they saw it. It is hard to imagine that this thriving city was once named for abandoned fields. Today there are many things to see and do in Tallahassee that the Apalachee Indians didn’t even dream about. A visit to this city today might take the lucky visitor in many directions. Of course, there is Florida State University, one of the best known universities in the United States. With year round activities taking place on campus, including the famous “Seminoles” games, a visit there is well worth the trip.

For a glimpse of the not too distant past, be sure to visit the Knott House Museum. This historic museum is a time capsule, restored to its 1928 splendor. The Knott House is one of the oldest buildings and the only house museum in the state capital’s Park Avenue Historic District. Within the 160-year-old walls, notes of verse penned by Luella Pugh Knott tell the story of the family which lived in the house between the two world wars. Enter the historic house and feel time stand still. To experience life well before this time period, a good bet is Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park. Here visitors experience the peace of what was once a bustling Native American community which flourished during the 1200-1500 AD period. The mound complex is interpreted through markers along the trails and exhibit area. Visitors can ascend the tallest of six mounds.

A well known resident of Tallahassee is the Governor of Florida and visitors can actually visit his home. The Governor’s Mansion functions as both the private and public residence of Florida’s chief executive officer and family. It was designed by Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth and opened to the public in January 1957. Since that time, the public has been welcomed to tour “The People’s House”. Also, of political interest is the Old Capitol. The Old Capitol houses the Florida Center for Political History and Governance. The building has been restored to its 1902 appearance, symbolizing Florida’s political heritage. Artifacts, photographs and multimedia displays highlight individuals and events that shaped what Florida is today.

When it comes to the weather, any time of year is comfortable for travelers. Winter tends to be the busy season as visitors from the north come south to escape the cold. However, as the capital of Florida as well as the home of Florida State University, any time of year is busy in this cosmopolitan city.

With four very moderate seasons, Tallahassee offers its visitors ideal weather conditions. The summer can get hot with temperatures often exceeding 90 F during the day, so dress accordingly. The evenings do cool off to a more comfortable 70 F, making outdoor activities enjoyable during this time of day. Spring and fall are quite pleasant. With daytime high temperatures near 80 F during the day and the nights a cool 50 F, it’s the perfect time to experience any of the many outdoor activities available. Winters are mild when compared to those of Tallahassee’s northern visitors and all of the sites and attractions are open for visitors. Of course, at any time of the year, there is something of interest taking place in the Capitol complex, around town, and definitely at FSU.

B- City Information:
Population: 150,624

Elevation: 188 feet above sea level

Land Area: 95.7 miles

Location: Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city, is located in the northwestern part of Florida on Interstate 10

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Tallahassee, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Tallahassee observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
51.6
54.6
60.9
66.2
74.2
80.1
82.1
81.8
78.6
68.9
60.3
53.6

High temperature (°F)
63.6
67.2
73.8
79.7
86.3
90.7
91.8
91.3
88.3
81.0
72.8
65.6

Low temperature (°F)
39.6
42.0
48.1
52.8
62.1
69.5
72.4
72.3
68.8
56.6
47.8
41.5

Precipitation (in)
5.4
4.6
6.4
3.6
4.8
6.7
7.8
6.8
4.8
3.2
3.8
4.0

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
6
8
13
17
14
9
5
7
8

Wind speed (mph)
6.7
7.1
7.5
6.8
6.2
5.7
5.0
5.0
5.9
6.3
5.9
6.3

Morning humidity (%)
87
87
89
91
90
91
94
95
93
91
90
88

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
54
51
47
50
56
61
61
58
53
55
57

Sunshine (%)
58
61
65
74
76
71
64
64
65
73
66
57

Days clear of clouds
8
8
9
11
9
6
4
5
8
13
11
9

Partly cloudy days
7
7
9
10
13
14
17
16
12
8
8
8

Cloudy days
15
13
13
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
11
14

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Winter tends to be the busy season as visitors from the north come south to escape the cold. However, as the capital of Florida as well as the home of Florida State University, any time of year is busy in this vibrant city. With four very moderate seasons, Tallahassee offers its visitors ideal weather conditions. The summer can get hot with temperatures often exceeding 90 F during the day so dress accordingly. The evenings do cool off to a more comfortable 70 F, making outdoor activities better during this time of day. Spring and fall are quite pleasant. With daytime high temperatures near 80 F during the day and the nights a cool 50 F, it’s the perfect time to experience any of the many outdoor activities available. Winters are mild when compared to the home towns of Tallahassee’s northern visitors and all of the sites and attractions are open for visitors. Of course, virtually any time of the year there is something of interest taking place in the Capitol and at FSU.

How to Get There:

By Air

Tallahassee Regional Airport

3300 Capital Cir SW.
Tallahassee, FL 32310

850-891-7800

Serviced by six national/regional airlines, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, Airport Gallery, retail shops, restaurants, lounge, FAMU lounge and visitor information station.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus services are available at the airport and throughout the city.

By Car

There is direct access into Tallahassee from Interstate 10 from both the east and the west. From the major cities of the north as well as south Florida, it is best to take Interstate 75 to Interstate 10 and travel west.

By Train

Amtrak

Downtown, Railroad Ave

Tallahassee, Florida 32310

800-872-7245

Amtrak services Tallahassee with east-west service aboard the transcontinental Sunset with limited stops in LA, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami.

By Bus

Greyhound

112 W Tennessee Street
Tallahassee FL, 32301

850-222-4249

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do in and around the city, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day- Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day- 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day- 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day- last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day- 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve- Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee

200 S. Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-645STAR

Hours: Open daily, except Christmas day, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee uses hands-on simulation and immersive theatres to foster long-term interest in math and science for students and provide an educational entertainment outlet for the general public. In accomplishing this mission the center features a Space Mission Simulator, an IMAX theatre, and a hi-def full-dome Digistar 3 digital planetarium.

Goodwood Museum & Gardens

1600 Miccosukee Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-877-4202

Hours: Museum: Mon – Fri. 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 2pm

Admission Free

Magnificent c.1834 estate featuring over twenty structures including a skating rink, aviary, swimming pool complete with restored pergola, water tower, several cottages, and carriage house with stables. The gracious Main House, built ca. 1840, restored to the 1920 era, has three-story mahogany stair, eight marble fireplaces, and oldest fresco ceilings in Florida, original furniture.

John G. Riley Center and Museum

419 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-681-7881

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm, closed most major Holidays

Admission Charged

The Riley House, built in 1890, is the last visible evidence of an African American owned community that thrived in downtown Tallahassee at the turn of the 20th century. The museum is a repository of African American history and archives from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement.

Knott House Museum

301 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-922-2459

Hours: Tours: Wed. – Fri. 1pm, 2 pm, 3pm.; Sat. 10am – 4pm

Admission Charged for Special Events

Tallahassee’s historic Knott House Museum is a time capsule, restored to its 1928 splendor. The Knott House is one of the oldest buildings-and the only house museum-in the state capital’s Park Avenue Historic District. Within the 160-year-old walls, notes of verse penned by Luella Pugh Knott tell the story of the family which lived in the house between the two world wars. Enter this historic house and feel time stand still.

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

3600 Indian Mound Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-922-6007

Hours: 8am – sundown, daily

Admission Charged

Visitors experience the peace of what was once a bustling Native American community which flourished during the 1200-1500 AD period. The mound complex is interpreted by trails and exhibit area. Visitors can ascend the tallest of six mounds.

LeMoyne Art Foundation – Center for the Visual Arts

125 N. Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-222-8800

Hours: Open year round; Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. 1pm – 5pm (Extended in December for Holiday Show)

Admission Charged

Enjoy changing art exhibits by regional artists, as well as an annual Tri-State Watercolor Competition in March, the Chain of Parks Art Festival in April, and spectacular Holiday Show in December. Year-round art classes for children and adults are offered on site. Visit the gift shop and lush sculpture garden. Located in the historic district in downtown Tallahassee, close to the Capitol and government offices.

Letchworth Mounds

4500 Sunray Rd. S., off U.S. 90, 15 mi. E of Tallahassee
Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-922-6007

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Visitors to Letchworth Mounds will see one of Florida’s most significant Native American ceremonial sites from an era predating AD 1400. Interpretive exhibits and trails, as well as picnic facilities are available.

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science

350 S. Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-513-0700

Hours: Open year round, Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 1pm – 5pm

Admission Charged

Two floors of interactive science experiences and a world-class art museum in one building. The Brogan is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Mission San Luis

2021 Mission Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-487-3711

Hours: Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas; open Tues. – Sun. 10am – 4pm

Admission Charged

Mission San Luis functioned as the capital of the western missions in La Florida from 1656 to 1704. It was home to nearly 1500 Spanish and Apalachee Indian residents. Today, the site is alive with costumed living history interpreters, especially on the third Saturday of every month. Reproductions of Mission buildings surround an outdoor central plaza. The visitor center offers hands-on exhibits for all ages and artifact cases that tell the story of life in the 17th century.

Museum of Florida History

500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-245-6400

Hours: Open year round; Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4:30pm, Sat. 10am – 4:30pm, Sun. noon – 4:30pm

Admission Free

The Museum of Florida History, as the state history museum, focuses on the unique heritage of this state. Through exhibits, educational programs, research, and its collections, the museum interprets Florida’s development and the roles Floridians have played in state, national and international events.

The Old Capitol: The Florida Center of Political History & Governance

400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-487-1902

Hours: Open Year-Round; Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4:30pm; Sat. 10am – 4:30pm; Sun. noon – 4:30pm

Admission Free

The Old Capitol houses the Florida Center for Political History and Governance. The building has been restored to its 1902 appearance, symbolizing Florida’s political heritage. Artifacts, photographs and multimedia displays highlight individuals and events that shaped what Florida is today.

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

3550 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-942-0137

Hours: Open year round except Thanksgiving and Christmas; Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. noon – 5pm or by appointment

Admission Charged

Winner of the National AACA Award: Museum of the Year for preservation of antique cars. The museum offers a look at more than 80 rare automobiles including an 1894 Duryea, 1931 Duesenberg, the Tucker, Batmobiles plus vintage, antique, classic and muscle cars. You will also see a variety of collections including boat motors dating back to 1908, antique cash registers, Indian artifacts, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, knives, motorcycles, perfume bottles, glass baby bottles and much more.

Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science

3945 Museum Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850-575-8684

Hours: Open year round except certain major holidays; Mon. – Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 12:30 – 5pm

Admission Charged

A 52-acre outdoor museum located on a chain of lakes. Featuring over 100 native Florida animals in natural habitats, historic buildings, nature trails, 1880s farmstead, hands-on discovery center, annual special events, bi-annual guest animal exhibit, educational programs, audio tours and more.

Brokaw – McDougall House

329 N. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-891-3900

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 5pm, evenings & weekends according to schedule

Admission Charged

This is an historic house with gardens toured for free to walk-ins.

Governor’s Mansion

700 N. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-488-4661

Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. 10am – 12pm; Tours during session (Mar. – May)

Admission Free

The Governor’s Mansion functions as both the private and public residence of Florida’s chief executive officer and family. It was designed by Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth and opened to the public in January 1957. Since that time, the public has been welcomed to tour “The People’s House”.

Riley Museum Center of African American History and Culture

419 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-681-7881

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm

Admission Charged

The John C. Riley Center/Museum is located in the historic Riley House in downtown Tallahassee. Its mission is to preserve history of the house, as well as that of its original owner, John Gilmore Riley, and his contemporaries throughout the state of Florida from 1865 to 1968. Components include: tours, educational outreach to schools, research, publications, an oral history component and sponsorship of a statewide African American Heritage Preservation Conference.

Bradley’s Country Store

10655 Centerville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-893-1647

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Nestled amongst northeastern Leon County’s plantation lands, you’ll find Bradley’s Country Store (est. 1927); a family operated general store famous for their own brand of homemade sausage, produced entirely on site from a secret family recipe. Stop by and enjoy the quiet, rural setting while savoring a juicy sausage dog.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-487-4556

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Twenty-eight acres of beautiful ornamental gardens developed during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s by New York financier Alfred B. Maclay. The gardens represent one of the largest collections of camellias and azaleas in the Southeast. Set among the picturesque red hills of Tallahassee, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Features brick walkways, a secret garden, a reflection pool and hundreds of camellias and azaleas.

Governor’s Square

1500 Apalachee Pkwy.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-671INFO

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 9pm; Sun. 12:30pm – 5:30pm

Admission Free

Over 100 retailers, both specialty and department stores, are located at Governor’s Square.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Florida State University Sports

502 S Copeland St

Tallahassee, FL 32304

850-644-6500

Call for event, game schedules as well as additional information

Admission Charged for most events

Come see a variety of sports played at the College level with the Seminoles.

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee

200 S. Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-645STAR

Hours: Open daily, except Christmas day, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee uses hands-on simulation and immersive theatres to foster long-term interest in math and science for students and provide an educational entertainment outlet for the general public. In accomplishing this mission the center features a Space Mission Simulator, an IMAX theatre, and a hi-def full-dome Digistar 3 digital planetarium.

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

3600 Indian Mound Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-922-6007

Hours: 8am – sundown, daily

Admission Charged

Visitors experience the peace of what was once a bustling Native American community which flourished during the 1200-1500 AD period. The mound complex is interpreted by trails and exhibit area. Visitors can ascend the tallest of six mounds.

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

3550 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-942-0137

Hours: Open year round except Thanksgiving and Christmas; Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. noon – 5pm or by appointment

Admission Charged

Winner of the National AACA Award: Museum of the Year for preservation of antique cars. The museum offers a look at more than 80 rare automobiles including an 1894 Duryea, 1931 Duesenberg, the Tucker, Batmobiles plus vintage, antique, classic and muscle cars. You will also see a variety of collections including boat motors dating back to 1908, antique cash registers, Indian artifacts, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, knives, motorcycles, perfume bottles, glass baby bottles and much more.

Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science

3945 Museum Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850-575-8684

Hours: Open year round except certain major holidays; Mon. – Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 12:30 – 5pm

Admission Charged

A 52-acre outdoor museum located on a chain of lakes. Featuring over 100 native Florida animals in natural habitats, historic buildings, nature trails, 1880s farmstead, hands-on discovery center, annual special events, bi-annual guest animal exhibit, educational programs, audio tours and more.

Governor’s Mansion

700 N. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-488-4661

Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. 10am – 12pm; Tours during session (Mar. – May)

Admission Free

The Governor’s Mansion functions as both the private and public residence of Florida’s chief executive officer and family. It was designed by Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth and opened to the public in January 1957. Since that time, the public has been welcomed to tour “The People’s House”.

Bradley’s Country Store

10655 Centerville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-893-1647

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Nestled amongst northeastern Leon County’s plantation lands, you’ll find Bradley’s Country Store (est. 1927); a family operated general store famous for their own brand of homemade sausage, produced entirely on site from a secret family recipe. Stop by and enjoy the quiet, rural setting while savoring a juicy sausage dog.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Freedom Blues Festival:

Held in early – mid January

Location: The Moon

850-668-5863

Honor and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend in Tallahassee with the first Blues Festival of the New Year! A week-long celebration of America’s original art form, the blues, culminating in a two-day concert series.

February

Seven Days of Opening Nights

Held mid February

Location: Florida State University

850-644-1151

From bluegrass to opera and Shakespeare to folk art, this year’s schedule is packed with art and cultural events to suit every taste.

March

Red Hills Horse Trials

Held mid March

Location: Elinor Klapp- Phipps Park

850-385-3956

The Horse Trials features a challenging cross-country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips, Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor for the United States Equestrian Team and a former member of the Great Britain Olympic team. It features a variety of formidable obstacles, including water, banks and ditches, which wind through Phipps’ arboretum.

Four dressage rings, the stadium course, stabling, the “Red Hills Avenue of Shops”, “Red Hills Food Court”, and a variety of exhibits and educational demonstrations are staged on adjoining Northwest Florida Water Management District land known as the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

Springtime Tallahassee

Held in late March – early April
209 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
850-224-5012

Springtime Tallahassee presents to you one of the finest parades in the South, the best possible collection of artists and artisans in the jubilee festival, delicious food, great entertainment, and a kid’s park that will delight children of all ages.

April

Springtime Tallahassee

Held in late March – early April
Location: East Park Avenue, Tallahassee
850-224-5012

Springtime Tallahassee presents to you one of the finest parades in the South, the best possible collection of artists and artisans in the jubilee festival, delicious food, great entertainment, and a kid’s park that will delight children of all ages.

FSU Flying High Circus

Held in mid April

Location: FSU Campus

850-644-6500

The Flying High Circus is an actual circus found on the campus of Florida State University. The Circus has ground acts, such as juggling, hand balancing, bicycle and aerial acts, such as Mexican cloud swing, swinging trapeze and flying trapeze.

June

The Saltwater Classic

Held in mid June

Location: Carrabelle

850-216-2272

Call for additional information

The Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic draws record anglers.

October

Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Held in late October

Location: Varies by event throughout Tallahassee

850- 894-6270

Join in this rousing weekend of fun and games. Experience such classics as: the Annual Knickers & Kilts Gold Tournament, the ever popular whiskey tasting, Celtic music, and, of course, the games! It’s fun for the entire family.

November

North Florida Fair

Held in early – mid November

Location: Fairgrounds in Tallahassee

850-878-FAIR

A district Fair serving North Florida to denote the accomplishments of this area in agriculture, education, industry, and recreation, portraying the resources of many of Florida’s northern counties.

December

Market Days

Held in early December

Location: North Florida Fairgrounds

850-575-8684

The unique and individually handmade creations of over 300 artists and craftspeople will fill six of the large fairgrounds buildings, as well as outdoor plazas and medians. A wide array of arts and crafts will be represented, including fine arts, ceramics, country furniture, stained glass, woodwork, dolls, clocks, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, clothing, and calligraphy – a mixture of the humorous, unique, traditional, and unusual.

Tallahassee’s Winter Festival

Held in early December

Location: Downtown Tallahassee

850-891-FUNN

Welcome to the “Winter Festival – A Celebration of Lights, Music, and the Arts.” The City of Tallahassee is proud to present its annual Celebration of Lights, honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the southeastern region of the United States. Designed to bring together friends, families, and treasured visitors, the Celebration of Lights is chock-full of fun and entertainment sure to please everyone in attendance.

Entertainment

Tallahassee Ballet

850-222-1287

Season runs September – May

Performances held at Ruby Diamond Auditorium at FSU

The Tallahassee Ballet is a non-profit dance company which provides an outstanding training ground for emerging professionals while stimulating appreciation of the dance arts through quality productions of classical and contemporary works.

Tallahassee Symphony

850-224-0461

Season runs September – late April

Performances held at Ruby Diamond Auditorium at FSU

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a professional symphony orchestra that provides a Masterworks series, holiday concerts, and young people’s concerts for the Tallahassee community and surrounding areas. Orchestra members include music faculty from Florida State University, graduate students from the university, and professional musicians from the Tallahassee Community as well.

Sports:

Florida State University Sports

502 South Copeland Street

Tallahassee, FL 32304

850-644-6500

Come see a variety of sports played at the college level with the world famous Seminoles

Pensacola, Florida

A- Overview:
This is the place to hear the roar and view the amazing feats of the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying overhead. Visitors to Pensacola, Florida will experience this and a host of other things to do and see from history and shopping to sports, natural beauty, and attractions.

Conveniently located and easily accessible at the western end of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola lies only five miles inland from the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

With a moderate climate year round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and its western Florida location, any time of year is suitable for a visit. Even in January the temperature averages a comfortable 52, with highs in the mid 60’s. It’s the time of year the Polar Bear Club holds its annual Polar Bear Dip. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in November, the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who are based in Pensacola, return home for their annual homecoming air show. Regardless of the time of year, there is something worth seeing and doing.

For a taste of the city, be sure to visit Flounder’s Restaurant. Known for its kid-friendly atmosphere, complete with a jungle-gym boat outside in the sand area, surrounded by dining tables along Santa Rosa sound and filled with antiques from around the globe, this is no ordinary restaurant.

A must see attraction in the area is the National Museum of Aviation with its IMAX Theater.

The Museum displays over 170 vintage aircraft and spans 300,000 square feet. Combine this with a movie at the IMAX and it makes for a perfect day of recreation with a historical flare.

No visit to the area is complete without spending some time at an amusement park. Sam’s Fun City is conveniently located and features over 20 rides, go-karts, bumper boats, and mini golf, as well as an arcade and water park.

Pensacola also is home to many beautiful parks with fountains, play areas and water access. Feed the ducks at Bayview Park or watch an osprey return to its nest with a freshly caught fish at Big Lagoon State Park. And speaking of fishing, the old Pensacola Bay Bridge is one of the longest fishing piers in the US and for just a small charge; you can fish right in the middle of the bay.

Downtown is a place for a leisurely walk and for terrific shopping. Stop at one of the coffee shops, cafes or eateries for lunch, or for an afternoon latte. The downtown area showcases art galleries featuring both local and regional art, as well as the traveling exhibits found in the Pensacola Museum of Art. If antique shopping entices you, antique stores and flea markets pepper the area from the elegant to the eclectic.

The city has been given many nicknames over the years; The Cradle of Naval Aviation, The Western Gate to the Sunshine State, America’s First Settlement, and the City of Five Flags. All such monikers are fitting in their descriptions of this vibrant and beautiful place.

Spend some time in Pensacola – you’ll see why they say it’s where thousands live the way millions wish they could.

B- City Information:
Population: 56,255

Elevation: 32 feet above sea level

Land Area: 22.7 square miles

Location: Located at the western end of the Florida Panhandle, on the northern bank of Pensacola Bay and five miles inland from the beach.

Time Zone: Located in the Central Time Zone. When it’s noon in Pensacola, it’s 1:00pm in New York City and 10:00am in Los Angeles

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
52.0
54.9
61.0
66.9
74.6
80.6
82.6
82.2
78.7
69.5
60.7
54.1

High temperature (°F)
61.2
64.4
70.2
76.2
83.4
89.0
90.7
90.1
87.0
79.3
70.3
63.4

Low temperature (°F)
42.6
45.3
51.6
57.5
65.7
72.0
74.4
74.1
70.3
59.5
51.0
44.6

Precipitation (in)
5.4
4.7
6.4
3.9
4.4
6.4
8.0
6.8
5.8
4.1
4.5
4.0

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
10
9
9
6
7
10
14
13
9
5
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
9.0
9.3
9.8
9.5
8.6
7.6
6.9
6.7
7.6
7.9
8.2
8.8

Morning humidity (%)
82
82
84
86
87
84
86
87
85
82
82
81

Afternoon humidity (%)
65
61
62
60
62
61
65
66
63
57
61
65

Sunshine (%)
48
53
61
63
67
67
57
58
60
71
64
49

Days clear of clouds
8
9
9
10
9
7
4
6
10
13
11
9

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
9
11
15
17
15
11
9
8
7

Cloudy days
16
13
14
11
11
8
10
10
9
9
11
16

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Pensacola has a very moderate climate year round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and its western Florida location. Winter and summer are the two busiest times of year. In the winter, people from the north enjoy coming south for the warmer temperatures and numerous activities the city has to offer. Even in January the temperature averages a comfortable 52 F, with highs in the mid 60’s F. It’s the time for the Polar Bear Club to hold its annual Polar Bear Dip. Summer is busy as many people visit the area for its relaxing atmosphere, entertainment, and proximity to the beach, not to mention temperatures averaging in the low 80’s F. It’s ideal for watching the annual boat races held during this time while sipping a cool drink at the beach and working on that perfect tan. The Spring and Fall are less crowded and offer a great opportunity to enjoy a little more serenity. Spring is also time for the annual “Mullet Toss”, a must see local event. Fall is still warm enough for a nice day at the beach with a good book or a run in the sand. November is when the Blue Angels, who are based in Pensacola, return home for their annual homecoming air show. No matter what time of year you are visiting, this warm Florida city is alive with a multitude of things to do and see.

How to get there:

By Air:

Pensacola Regional Airport

2430 Airport Boulevard

Pensacola, FL 32504

850-436-5000

Served by many of the national airlines as well as regional carriers, the airport is located just three miles northeast of the central business district of the City of Pensacola.

By Car:

Pensacola is easily reached via I-10 from the west (New Orleans, Mobile), as well as from the east (Tallahassee). From the north take I-65 to state highway 29.

By Train:

Amtrak

80 East Heinberg Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

800-USA-RAIL

Offers wonderful vistas as you travel on the Sunset Limited.

By Bus:

Greyhound

505 West Burgess Road

Pensacola, Florida 32503

850-476-4800

Getting Around:

With so many things to see and do, the best way to get around Pensacola is by personal or rental car. Rental cars are available at both the airport and downtown.

Additional Transportation:

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT)

1515 West Fairfield Drive

Pensacola, Florida 32501

850-395-3228

Included in the mass transportation system is fixed-route bus service, ADA paratransit service, seasonal Pensacola Beach trolley service for the Santa Rosa Island Authority, and University of West Florida (UWF) on-campus trolley service. All vehicles are ADA lift-equipped and all buses and trolleys are equipped with bicycle racks.

Yellow Cab Company

850-433-3333

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
National Museum of Naval Aviation and IMAX Theater

1750 Radford Blvd # 3465

Pensacola, FL 32508

850-453-2389

Open daily 9am-5pm. The IMAX Theater features two films daily, call for additional information.

Admission Free for museum, charge for IMAX Theater

The National Museum of Naval Aviation and IMAX Theater displays over 170 vintage aircraft and spans 300,000 square feet.

The ZOO

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

Pensacola, FL 32508

850-932-2229

Open daily 9am-5pm in the summer and 9am-4pm in the winter

Admission Charged

Catch a ride on the Safari Line train for an up-close, fun-filled excursion through 30 acres of free-roaming animals in their natural habitat.

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

830 S. Jefferson St. Plaza

Pensacola, FL 32502

904-444-8905

Hours: 10am – 4pm, Monday through Saturday and Sundays Easter through Labor Day.

Admission Charged

Offers a Discovery Gallery, which recreates old-time Pensacola, complete with a child-sized schoolhouse, hospital and jail, and even some oddities like a shrunken head.

Pensacola Museum of Art

407 South Jefferson Street

Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-432-6247

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday, Noon – 5pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Admission Charged

The focus of the permanent collection of the Museum is 19th, 20th and 21st century works on paper including works by noted artist, John Marin, Salvador Dali, Miriam Scharpiro, Fairfield Porter, Thomas Hart Benton, Alex Katz, Lynda Benglis, Milton Avery and Alexander Calder. Additionally, the Museum has superb decorative art collections of European and American glass as well as African tribal art.

Wayside Park

At the foot of Three-Mile Bridge across Pensacola Bay.

Save some bread to feed the birds at Wayside Park.

Pensacola Junior College Planetarium

1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

850-484-1956

Hours: Box office opens 6:30pm one Saturday each month, year round

Admission Charged

Pensacola Junior College Planetarium and Theater has a three-dimensional DIGISTAR computer graphic system that projects the heavens onto a 40 foot full dome.

Fast Eddie’s Fun Center

505 W. Michigan Avenue

Pensacola, FL 32505

850-433-7735

Admission Charged

Whether you’re young or old, short or tall, Fast Eddie’s is the place for fun! If you are looking for a fast, wild and fun spot, Fast Eddies is the place to be! Dedicated to providing affordable, safe, family fun in an atmosphere everyone is sure to enjoy. With four exciting tracks, there’s excitement at every turn.

Sam’s Fun City

6709 Pensacola Blvd.

Pensacola, FL 32505

Just south of I-10 on Hwy. 29

850-505-0800

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Sam’s Fun City features over 20 rides, go-karts, bumper boats, and mini golf, with an arcade and water park in the works.

Nearby attraction

Flounder’s Restaurant

800 Quietwater Beach Rd

Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

850-932-2003

Located on Pensacola Beach

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Known for its kid-friendly atmosphere, complete with a jungle-gym boat outside in the sand area, surrounded by dining tables along Santa Rosa sound and filled with antiques from around the globe, this is no ordinary restaurant. Fun for the whole family.

Museums

Pensacola Junior College Art Museum

Anna Lamar Switzer for Visual Arts
Pensacola Junior College
1000 College Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32504

850-484-2550

Hours: 8am-9pm Monday through Thursday; 8am-3:30pm Fridays; closed weekends and holidays.

Admission Free

The Visual Arts Gallery has a national reputation for quality exhibitions, a strong contemporary collection, plus noteworthy publications and events such as workshops and visiting artists.

Pensacola Museum of Art

407 South Jefferson Street

Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-432-6247

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The mission of the Pensacola Museum of Art is to be a bridge to the visual arts for the diverse populations of Pensacola and the surrounding communities.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Wayside Park

At the foot of Three-Mile Bridge across Pensacola Bay.

Save some bread to feed the birds at Wayside Park.

Fast Eddie’s Fun Center

505 W. Michigan Avenue

Pensacola, FL 32505

850-433-7735

Admission Charged

Whether you’re young or old, short or tall, Fast Eddie’s is the place for fun! If you are looking for a fast, wild and fun spot, Fast Eddie’s is the place to be! Dedicated to providing affordable, safe, family fun in an atmosphere everyone is sure to enjoy. With four exciting tracks, there’s excitement at every turn.

Sam’s Fun City

6709 Pensacola Blvd.

Pensacola, FL 32505

Just south of I-10 on Hwy. 29

850-505-0800

Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Sam’s Fun City features over 20 rides, go-karts, bumper boats, and mini golf, with an arcade and water park in the works.

Flounder’s Restaurant

800 Quietwater Beach Rd,

Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

850-932-2003

Located on Pensacola Beach

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Known for its kid-friendly atmosphere, complete with a jungle-gym boat outside in the sand area, surrounded by dining tables along Santa Rosa sound and filled with antiques from around the globe, this is no ordinary restaurant. Fun for the whole family.

The ZOO

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

Pensacola, FL 32508

850-932-2229

Open daily 9 am-5 pm in the summer and 9 am-4 pm in the winter

Admission Charge

Catch a ride on the Safari Line train for an up-close, fun-filled excursion through 30 acres of free-roaming animals in their natural habitat.

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

830 S. Jefferson St. Plaza

Pensacola, FL 32502

904-444-8905

Hours: 10am – 4pm, Monday through Saturday and Sundays Easter through Labor Day.

Admission Charged

Offers a Discovery Gallery, which recreates old-time Pensacola, complete with a child-sized schoolhouse, hospital and jail, and even some oddities like a shrunken head.

National Museum of Naval Aviation and IMAX Theater

1750 Radford Blvd # 3465

Pensacola, FL 32508

850-453-2389

Open daily 9am-5pm. The IMAX Theater features two films daily, call for additional information.

Admission Free for museum, charge for IMAX Theater

The National Museum of Naval Aviation and IMAX Theater displays over 170 vintage aircraft and spans 300,000 square feet.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Polar Bear Dip

Held New Year’s Day

850-492-6838

The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line on Perdido Key hosts this popular, annual splash-around in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, everyone joins in a Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day and warms up with good music and beverages.

Mardi Gras

Held early January until Fat Tuesday

850-434-6211 or 800-874-1299

Call for a complete schedule of events

One of the country’s original celebration sites, Pensacola hosts family-oriented Mardi Gras fun at numerous parades, where crowds catch beads and moon pies tossed from floats, as well as various contests and culinary festivals.

February

Black History Month

Held throughout February

850-474-2405

Celebrate the evolution of African-American history at several area events including a black history recital and concert at the University of West Florida with music performed by the UWF Gospel Choir.

March

Pensacola Bay International Film & Television Festival

Usually held mid-March

850-435-6851

Call for exact dates and schedule

Four days of great films, symposiums, parties, awards, and plenty of glitz and glamour.

Gallery Night

Usually held in mid-March

850-432-9906

Admission Free

Enjoy an evening of arts and culture by touring downtown art galleries open late for this quarterly event, sponsored by the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Trolley stops along the way provide free transportation.

April

Pensacola JazzFest

Usually held in early April

850-433-8382

Admission Free

Pensacola’s historic Seville Square hosts this event filled with great jazz music performed by local and national talents.

Blue Angels Classic Senior PGA Tournament

Usually held in mid-April

850-995-3300

The best players on the senior tour congregate at The Moors, a par-70 Scottish links-style course in Milton, Fla., five minutes east of Pensacola on Interstate 10.

Interstate Mullet Toss

Usually held the third week of April

850-492-6838

Call for additional information

The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line hosts this wacky annual tournament that has participants compete in an actual mullet toss. Live music, food, and drinks accompany this weekend.

June

The Florida Springfest

Usually held mid-June

800-874-1234

Call for additional information

This two-day musical celebration draws national headliner musical groups and thousands of people to downtown Pensacola.

Fiesta Days Celebration and Boat Parade

Usually held early June

850-433-6512

Admission Free

The Fiesta of Five Flags is an annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola, the first European settlement in the United States in 1559 by Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna.

Bud Light King Mackeral/Cobia Tournament

Usually held the later part of June

850-932-5726

Catch some of the largest King Mackerel and Cobia in the gulf. With over 1,200 anglers, this is a very large two-day boat event taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. Prize money and gifts are awarded.

July

Red, White, and Blues Week

Held around the 4th of July for one full week

850-932-1500

Admission Free

A big event held during Pensacola’s summer festivities; Red, White, and Blues week starts with a fireworks display on the Fourth of July. There is live music on the boardwalk each day and most nights. Festivities conclude with the world-famous Blue Angels flight show. Supported by civilian and military performers, the show is a must-see event.

Gallery Night

Usually held in mid-July

850-432-9906

Admission Free

Enjoy an evening of arts and culture by touring downtown art galleries open late for this quarterly event, sponsored by the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Trolley stops along the way provide free transportation.

August

Thunder On the Gulf Power Boat Races

Usually held in mid-August

Annual Super Boat Grand Prix on the Gulf Coast is held in the Perdido Key area. See over 40 boats compete at speeds up to 170 mph.

September

Pensacola Seafood Festival

Usually held around the third week of September

850-434-6211

Held in the Seville Square area of historic downtown Pensacola, the festival features delicious fare and live entertainment.

October

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Fairgrounds

U.S. Highway 90 West

Held each October

850-944-4500

Admission Charged

Pensacola Interstate Fair offers entertainment, rides, food and exhibits for 11 days every October. Fun for the family. The Pensacola Interstate Fair is a star-spangled parade of exhibits and features arranged and planned for everyone’s supreme satisfaction!

Haunted House Walking Tours and Trolley Tours

Usually held in late October

850-433-1559

Admission Charged

Narrated tours led by costumed guides visit 39 sites around the Seville and North Hill historic districts where ghostly sightings are researched and documented by the Pensacola Historical Society.

November

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Pensacola Naval Air Station

Usually held the second week of November

850-452-BLUE

Admission Free

With Pensacola as its home base, the Navy’s precision flight-demonstration team, the Blue Angels, performs two air shows in the area each year.

Gallery Night

Usually held in mid-November

850-432-9906

Admission Free

Enjoy an evening of arts and culture by touring downtown art galleries open late for this quarterly event, sponsored by the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Trolley stops along the way provide free transportation.

Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival

Usually held in early November

850-432-9906

Admission Free

The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival hosts more than 200 fine art and craft exhibitors from around the country and attracts 150,000 art fans to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square. Also features activity-packed children’s arts area and live entertainment on several stages.

The Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival

Usually held in mid-November

850-492-7664

This annual event held at several Perdido Key and Pensacola venues, features songwriters from throughout the country who showcase their talent in a competition atmosphere.

December

St. Anne’s Christmas Lights

Held Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day

850-456-5966

Admission Free, Donation for Parking

Over a million lights illuminate the church grounds in a spectacular display that also features free refreshments.

ZOOLights

Held Thanksgiving throughout New Year’s Day

850-932-2229

Admission Charged

The ZOO in Gulf Breeze hosts this event with holiday and animal scenes decorated with more than a million lights. Nightly entertainment rounds out the fun.

Christmas on the Island

Usually held early December

800-635-4803

Celebrate Pensacola Beach’s holiday spirit with a land parade followed by a boat parade along Santa Rosa Sound.

Arts and Entertainment

The Pensacola Opera

75 South Tarragona Street

Pensacola, FL 32501

850-433-6737
Hours: Mon – Fri 9 AM – 5 PM

The Pensacola Symphony

205 E. Zaragoza Street

Pensacola, FL 32502

850-435-2533

Season runs October – May, call for additional information

Theater

Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway

Pensacola, FL 32514

850-474-2000

Season runs October – April, call for additional information

Pensacola Little Theatre

400 South Jefferson Street

Pensacola, Florida 32502

850-432-2042

Season begins in September, call for additional information

Saenger Theatre

118 South Palafox Place
Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-444-7699

Call for additional information

Since 1925, the theatre has had a major presence in Pensacola. From Vaudeville to Broadway, it has hosted it all. Whether its music, a Broadway play or an individual performance, this “grand dame” has it all.

Sports

Five Flags Speedway

7451 Pine Forest Road

Pensacola, FL 32526

850-944-8400

Pensacola Greyhound Track offers live racing excitement and simulcast horse racing events.

Catch the thrill of high-speed action-packed greyhound racing. Join the fun in the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled Kennel Club, Lounge, or Grandstand– or enjoy rail side seating outdoors for a close-up look at the excitement!

The Pensacola Ice Pilots (East Coast Hockey League)

Play in the Pensacola Civic Center

Season is fall and winter

201 East Gregory Street – Rear
Pensacola, FL 32502-4956

850-432-PUCK (7825)

The Pensacola Pelicans

Play at the University of West Florida

Season is from June through August

850-934-8444

The Pensacola Power is part of the National Women’s Football Association. The Power have won multiple championships.