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AREA'S CULTURAL EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- From professional theater productions and concerts to museums and international music festivals, the Daytona Beach area is home to a surprising selection of enriching cultural activities and attractions that are sure to please even those with the most discriminating tastes.

PERFORMING ARTS

Central Florida Cultural Endeavors, Inc.

901 6th Street, Daytona Beach

Phone: 386.257.7790 Web site: www.fif-lso.org

CFCE presents a variety of cultural events throughout the year encompassing classical, choral and chamber music as well as dance. The following performers will be featured through the conclusion of CFCE's winter season music series: violinist Leila Josefowicz on Feb. 26, the Guarneri String Quartet on March 21 and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on April 4. In addition, CFCE will present the following artists as part of its Florida International Festival Encore Series: Gaelic Storm on Feb. 18, Dukes of Dixieland on March 13 and BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet on April 23.

Daytona Beach Symphony Society

140 S. Beach Street, Suite 107, Daytona Beach

Phone: 386.253.2901 Web site: www.dbss.org

The DBSS will conclude its 52nd season with the following performances: the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with pianist Nelson Freire on Feb 21, Tosca by Teatro Lirico d'Europa on March 12, and Melissa Manchester and Paul Williams - Songs and Stories on April 9.

Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

Bethune-Cookman College

698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Phone: 386.481.2228 Web site: www.mmbcenter.com

Newly opened, this 23 million, 2,500-seat facility, hosts an array of cultural, musical and theatrical events. Upcoming concerts include The Boys Choir of Harlem on February 22, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra-Latin Jazz Masters Tour on March 20, and the Concord Jazz Festival on April 29.

Seaside Music Theater

176 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

Phone: 1.800.854.5592 Web site: www.seasidemusictheater.org

SMT is the only professional music theater in the southeastern United States which combines a full-pit Orchestra with its shows. Known for its Broadway-caliber productions, the theater company will present the following lineup during its summer season: Annie (June 10-27), Two Gentlemen of Verona (June 17-July 11), La Perichole (July 8-25), The Cocoanuts (July 22-August 8), and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (July 29-August 15). Shows and dates subject to change.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Museum of Arts & Sciences

1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach

Phone: 386.255.0285 Web site: www.moas.org

The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of Arts & Sciences: Magic, Myths, and Minerals: Chinese Jades from the Smithsonian's Arthur N. Sackler Gallery (through May 2) and A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie (through May 16). Future exhibitions include: Piranesi - Selections from Piranesi's Views of Rome, Triumphal Arches and Other Monuments and Imaginary Prisonsy, which runs from February 29 through May 24. The museum's acclaimed permanent collections include wings showcasing African, Cuban, Chinese and early American art.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Daytona Beach Community College, Bldg. 100

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Phone: 386.254.4475 Web site: www.smponline.org

In addition to its permanent collection, this museum's spring 2004 season will feature the following exhibitions through April 23, 2004: Fast Company - The Photographers of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, An Eye for the City - Italian Photography and the Image of the Contemporary City, and Magna Brava -- an exhibition featuring the world's most renowned documentary photographers. The SMP is the only museum in Florida dedicated to photography.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Halifax Art Festival

November 6-7, 2004

Phone: 386.255.0285

The Halifax Art Festival is a juried art competition that features the work of approximately 250 artists, live entertainment and food vendors. The popular annual event, which benefits the Museum of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of the top events in North America by the American Bus Association.

Daytona Beach Film Festival

November 11-18, 2004

Phone: 1.800.854.1234 Web site: www.volusiafilm.org

Presented by the Volusia County Film Office and Cinematique of Daytona, this five-day feast of film showcases over 20 different independent films, most of which are first-release features and documentaries as well as films produced in Central Florida. Programming is designed to appeal to all ages and tastes in film including new movies, independent films, retro films and foreign films along with discussions and special guests. The event's Student Film Festival is open to all high school and college-level entrants.

Florida International Festival

July 15-31, 2005

Phone: 386.257.7790 Web site: www.fif-lso.org

Held biennially, the FIF features internationally acclaimed performers from the worlds of music and dance with performances by the London Symphony Orchestra highlighting the two-week event. In addition to the LSO, Latin jazz great Arturo Sandoval, Noche Flamenca, and the Pascal Rioult Dance Company were among last year's stellar slate of featured performers. Outside of London, the LSO has performed in Daytona Beach more than anywhere else in the world and lists the area as its "official American summer home."

To receive the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's ArtsPak, which is filled with information on the resort area's upcoming cultural events and attractions, call 1-800-854-1234 or visit www.culturallydaytonabeach.com.

Motorsports Attractions

Atlantic Race Park
2122-28 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
(386) 226-8777

Race hairpin turns in single or double go-karts.

Birthplace of Speed Park (New!)
S.R. A1A and Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach
(386) 676-3216

This oceanfront park commemorates the first automobile race held on the adjacent beach in 1903.  Picnic area.  Restrooms.  Dune walkover.  Open daily runrise to sunset.

Daytona 200 Memorial
Located on the beach in front of the Adam's Mark Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach)
Monument is dedicated to the winners of the Daytona 200 that raced on the beach from 1937 to 1960.

Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach
(386) 253-RACE (7223)

www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Enjoy NASCAR, IROC, AMA, sports car, and other racing throughout the year.

DAYTONA USA
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
(386) 947-6800
www.daytonausa.com

Daytona USA is a one-of-a-kind interactive motorsports attraction featuring hands-on activities designed to appeal to everyone. Among the high-energy motorsports shows and activities at the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" include the motion simulator rides "ACCELERATION ALLEY" and "DAYTONA DREAM LAPS," "The Daytona 500 Movie" and the 16-second-Pit-Stop-Challenge. Also, don't forget to check out the winning Daytona 500 car in Gatorade Victory Lane or take a behind scenes 30-minute tour of Daytona International Speedway.

Go-Kart City
4114 S. Nova Road, Port Orange
(386) 761-2882

Race replica stock car-like go-karts.  Video game arcade, miniature golf and batting cages.  Open daily.

Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum
253 Riverside Drive
Holly Hill
(386) 257- 2828

Early racing memorabilia.  Antique racers.  Photographs. 

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
(800) BE-PETTY, (704) 455-9443
www.daytonausa.com or www.1800bepetty.com

Experience Daytona Beach at 150 mph.  Ride along or learn to dive yourself on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile track. Packages include admission to DAYTONA USA. Call for times and prices.

Speed Park Motorsports
201 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach
(386) 253-FAST (3278)

Three go-kart racetracks.  Includes dragsters that go from 0-75 mph!  Space Coast's largest arcade with Daytona Beach's only Dance, Dance Revolution game.

Sightseeing and Boat Tours

Air Florida Helicopters
Daytona Flea & Farmers Market, Daytona Beach
Open Fri., Sat., Sun., 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(386) 257-6993

See Daytona Beach from a different perspective.  Choose from six thrilling helicopter rides .

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
154 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach
(386) 252-6531
(800) 969-2634
Free guided tour takes visitors behind the scenes of how chocolate candies are handmade and boxed for shipment to chocolate lovers nationwide.  Call for tour times.  Closed on Sunday.

A tiny Cruise Line
Halifax Harbor Marina, Show Dock
425 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach
(386) 226-2343.

Select from narrated excursions along the Halifax River: Midday Waterway; Riverfront Estates; Rivertown Treasures or the Sunset/City Lights Cruise. Call for a schedule.

The Beresford Lady Tour Boat
244 S. Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL  32720
Toll Free: (888) 740-7523
Phone: (386) 740-4100
Web site: www.beresfordlady.net

Tour the beautiful St. John's River, come reminisce the old way of traveling the St. John's River on an authentic Side Wheel Paddle Boat. Visit old Florida and relax to the sounds of the paddles churning the water. Delight in the scenic views of undisturbed nature.

Bob's Balloon Charters
(407) 466-6380

Champagne balloon flights, weddings or any special occasion.

Blue Sky Parasail
2025 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
(386) 334-2191

Life's an adventure as you fly in your parachute up to 1000 feet above the ocean.  Take offs and landings are completely controlled.  You don't even have to get wet.

Critter Fleet
4950 S. Peninsula DR.
Ponce Inlet,  FL  32127
Phone 386 767-7676  or 800 338-0850                  
Fax 386 756-4075 

The Critter Fleet is located in Ponce Inlet directly across from the lighthouse. We offer full & half day fishing trips every day except Christmas. Our boats are air conditioned & will accommodate 125 people. Bait, tackle & license included. Gift certificates available. Call for schedules & rates.

Florida Coastal Cruises, FCC the Manatee
Boarding at the Sea Harvest Restaurant between the North and South Bridges
New Smyrna Beach
(800) 881-BOAT, (386) 428-0201

Aboard the Manatee, cruise the protected wetland and scenic mangrove shores of the Intracoastal Waterway.  Sights include dolphins, waterfront homes, and the historic Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.  Call for schedule.

Magic Sunrise Ballooning
(866) 606-RIDE

Greet the morning sunrise in a seven-story tall, multi-colored hot-air balloon.  Flights are available seven days a week, weather permitting. All pilots are FAA commercially licensed and insured.  Reservations required.

Safari River Tours, Inc.
1905 Hontoon Road, DeLand
(877) 740-0333, (386) 740-0333

Two-hour tours along the St. John's River.  Learn about history and native wildlife including alligators, water snakes, turtles, and birds. Call for schedules and rates.

Seaspirit Deep Sea Fishing
133 Inlet Harbor Road
Ponce Inlet, FL  32127
(386) 763-4388 - phone
(386) 761-2834 - fax

Seaspirit is a custom built craft, designed to carry individuals, families, or large groups (up to 60 peple), for offshore bottom fishing.

Sunny Daze And Starry Night Cruises
Docked at Aunt Catfish's Restaurant, Port Orange
(386) 253-1796

Drift through creeks and tributaries along the Halifax River. See pelicans, herons, egrets, manatee or dolphin. Captain Mark Sheets will explain historical and ecological points of interest.

TrolleyBoats
Ocean Walk Shoppes
250 N. Atlantic Ave., Kiosk #2
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
386-238-3738

Trolleyboats is Daytona's exclusive Road, River Splash, and Beach Cruise Amphibious Attraction. We cruise the Halifax River for 1/2 hour sighting yachts, mansions, and wildlife including dolphins and manatee. We chronicle the history of Daytona Beach from the Indians to the birth of NASCAR. We come ashore and tour the Riverfront Marketplace in Historical downtown Daytona beach and we wind up the trip with a cruise down the world's most famous beach.

Some Content Courtesy of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

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