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Five Fun Facts about Daytona Beach, Florida

From Daytona 500’s beach beginnings to climbing Florida’s tallest lighthouse, explore NASCAR history, thrilling motorcycle rallies, and marine life adventures. Meet Brownie, the beloved town dog, and don’t miss Wire 3’s lightning-fast internet now expanding across Florida!

Discover the World’s Most Famous Beach

Daytona Beach is a top destination known for its sun-kissed shores, warm blue waters, and perfect Florida sunshine. But did you know Daytona offers much more than just a beach paradise? This iconic location has a treasure trove of quirky and interesting facts that’ll get you excited to explore this charming city and see something new.

Feel the Need For Speed

NASCAR had its first race on Daytona Beach – literally! That’s right, before the construction of the Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR held races on beach-road courses. This popular sport grew so quickly that by the time the “World Center of Racing” opened in 1959, the first-ever DAYTONA 500 was ready to go that February. A crowd of 41,000 passionate fans showed up ready to join the fun.

Today, this 500-acre motorsport complex hosts nine major events, including car shows, car and motorcycle racing, and concerts. You can tour this world-renowned racing center, learn about NASCAR history and famous racers, and even walk on the racetrack. It’s the perfect outing for racing enthusiasts and families alike.

Speaking of speed, while Ormond Beach is referred to as “the Birthplace of Speed”, Wire 3 began with fiber internet in Daytona Beach before expanding around Volusia County and Florida! If you’re looking for fast, reliable fiber internet providers in Daytona Beach or Volusia County, click below to check our availability in your area!

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Climb Florida’s Tallest Lighthouse

Did you know Daytona boasts the tallest lighthouse in Florida? Named after Juan Ponce de Leon (famed for St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth), Ponce Inlet Lighthouse has lit Florida’s coast for over 130 years, guiding ships safely to shore. This National Historic Landmark is also a museum that offers guided and self-guided tours. You can immerse yourself in the lighthouse’s history, climb all 175 feet to the top, and even leave with a souvenir. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring spare water to maximize your climbing adventure!

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for more history, plan your trip to Titusville, an area full of museums sure to entertain history lovers of all kinds!

Fun Fact: Wire 3 is one of the newest fiber internet providers in Titusville, our first major expansion outside of Volusia County!

Hang Out with Beach Bikers

Meet bikers from all over the world during Daytona Beach Bike Week. Every year, thousands of motorcycles take over the streets of Daytona as enthusiasts come together to celebrate their passion for biking. But you don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to have a good time. Everyone is invited to the party!

Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the live music, festivals, and street vendors, or watch the adrenaline-pumping races at the Daytona International Speedway. As a matter of fact, why choose? You can join this 10-day-long motorcycle rally as many times as you want and embrace the biker lifestyle.

Meet the Local Wildlife

Ready to get up close and personal with Florida’s breathtaking marine wildlife? Visit the Marine Science Center and immerse yourself in captivating exhibits and interactive displays showcasing dozens of local species. Meet colorful reef fish at the Artificial Reef Exhibit, learn about the anatomy of dolphins and whales, and get your hands wet in their touch pool, where you can pet stingrays and other thrilling local ocean creatures.

Feel good points – your visit will help the center’s rehabilitation and conservation efforts! The Marine Science Center’s passionate staff work hard in their Bird and Sea Turtle Hospital to make a difference and help these magnificent animals return to their homes.

Looking for more wild adventures close by? Check out nearby Melbourne for some outdoorsy fun.

Take a Photo with the Town Dog

Daytona residents didn’t know they’d all soon fall in love with a large, brown stray dog when it walked into their city one fateful day in 1940. Brownie, the Town Dog, quickly became a favorite as he hung out with cab drivers, played with kids in the park, and mingled with shoppers. Brownie became so popular that he got his own fancy dog house and a bank account with his name on it, which the caring residents donated to.

This friendly pooch rose to national fame, attracting tourists from all over the U.S. who stopped by to snap photos with him. Every Christmas, he received gifts, embodying the spirit of being “owned by no one, loved by all.” You can connect with Brownie’s heartwarming and inspiring tale by visiting the Brownie the Town Dog’s Grave & Memorial at Riverfront Esplanade.

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