Daytona Boardwalk and Pier is the Real Deal

A visit to Sea Shells Beach Club wouldn’t be complete without visiting the famous Daytona Beach Boardwalk. With a long and fascinating history, the Boardwalk still offers great attractions and the nostalgia of classic boardwalk favorites.

Daytona is synonymous with racing and speed, but did you know it dates back to when Ransom Olds, for whom the Oldsmobile brand was named, raced his specially equipped race car called the Pirate on the hard-packed sands in the late 1890s? Even though the speed part moved inland to the Daytona International Speedway, the Boardwalk commemorates this history with a trail of plaques along the boardwalk.

But that’s just the beginning. Daredevil rides on the carnival-like Boardwalk offer plenty of thrills. You could be shot skyward out of a giant slingshot, take a spin on a roller coaster or see everything from atop the Ferris wheel.

When you need a break from the sun, step into the arcades where classic games like SkeeBall, Pac Man, pinball, and Galaga are alive and well along with newer favorites like Transformer Deluxe and Alpine Racer.

You won’t be able to resist the smells from Pizza King, Zeno’s Boardwalk Sweet Shop and sizzling burgers coming from every direction. Look for the old-fashioned taffy machine pulling and shaping the gooey treat right in front of your eyes, or satisfy your appetite with sugary funnel cakes and shaved ice full of flavored syrup.

When you’re done with games, be sure to check out the 90-year-old Daytona Beach Pier, just off Main Street, and see if you can spot the stingrays swimming around the pillars below. The 745-foot pier is a favorite for fishing as well as eating fish at Crabby Joe’s. Grab a pound or two of their famous snow crab legs.

For the best views of the 23-mile beach, head upstairs to The Roof bar and restaurant. High-top tables and Adirondack chairs circling a fire pit are the perfect perch for drinking a Roof Top Rita and munching on fiery crab poppers.

If the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk and Pier aren’t for you, drive south on Atlantic Avenue to the stretch near The Shores Resort & Spa and treat yourself to Cow Lick’s Homemade Ice Cream & Treats. Wrapping up the day with a scoop of their signature Key lime in a waffle cone is not too shabby.

Whether the Boardwalk experience brings back pangs of nostalgia or it’s a first-time experience for a young visitor, don’t miss this opportunity to make great memories during your Sea Shells Beach Club visit.

Photo courtesy of Daytona Beach CVB

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.

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