Sunday: Park It, and Chill Out
Sleep in, or beachcomb again if you're so compelled. Then consider these cultural options available to you.
At the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church (the former Neptune Drive-In Theater), pick up a bulletin and communion elements through your car window as you enter. Park on the grass in sight of the altar building, and tune to a local radio frequency to hear the preacher and choir.
Perhaps you're more inclined to enjoy exhibits of American, African, and Cuban art or a planetarium program at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Or maybe avant-garde images at the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach Community College will catch your eye.
If you're lucky, baseball's Daytona Cubs will have an afternoon home game. The intimate little Jackie Robinson Ballpark on City Island honors the Brooklyn Dodger who in the 1940s broke a racial barrier as the first African-American in the major leagues.
After the game, grab an early dinner at Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant near the speedway known for its huge portions of pasta, pizza, and eggplant parmigiana.
Hitting the highway for the trip home, rev up a salute to the "world center of racing," as Daytona Beach is called. But, please, don't let all this driving go to your head. Keep it on the road and under the speed limit. Everyone's a winner this weekend, 'cuz we're not counting laps.
For more information: Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 126 East Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114; (904) 255-0415, 1-800-854-1234, or www.daytonabeach.com.
This article is from the June 2001 issue of Southern Living.Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.