Hi, rally fans!
March is here, and you know what that means – it’s time for Daytona Bike Week. And, with the 78th-annual rally set to kick off Friday, March 8, the “World’s Biggest Motorcycle Festival” is set to draw hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 10-day event.
Our Trade Show Representative, Jim Swanson, has attended dozens of bike rallies around the country, including several trips to Daytona. We asked our resident rally expert for advice on what else there is to do while in Daytona. Check out his list below.
23 miles of white sand beach
Daytona is home to America’s most famous beach. And, whether you’re looking to get a tan or see the famous sea turtle hatchlings, 23 miles of beach await. There are even designated areas where you can drive on the beach. Park you car right on the beach and have everything you need a shells throw from your beach blanket.
Daytona International Speedway
So maybe this one isn’t such a surprise, but it still has to make the list.
Daytona International Speedway stems from the days when racers took to the beaches of Daytona to chase land-speed records. Now home to the iconic Daytona 500, you can find a mountain of activities on and off the track during rally week. Top motorcycle manufacturers such as Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson and Indian offer free demo rides throughout Bike Week on the property. Stop by Thunder Alley to enjoy live music, drink specials and contests. And kick it all off with Daytona Supercross presented by Honda. The race itself is held in the infield of the Speedway, joining the worlds of asphalt and dirt racing in one historic setting.
Saturday, March 16, AMSOIL-sponsored racer Geoff May will be competing in the Daytona 200 at the Speedway. Be sure to stop by the AMSOIL booth on Saturday where May will be signing hero cards.
Rockefeller’s Ormond Beach Home
On the Eastern Bank of the Halifax River lies the winter home of John D. Rockefeller. “Neighbor John,” as he preferred to be called, took part in many community activities in the area and entertained such guests as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Having multiple functions until it was left unoccupied for many years, the City of Ormond Beach purchased the home in 1973 and completed restoration in October 1979. Today the home serves as a museum, offering tours and exhibits throughout the massive home and grounds.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Just a short way down South Atlantic Avenue you will find another hidden treasure – the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Climb 175 feet to the top of the tallest lighthouse in the state and experience world-famous views of the world’s most famous beach.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier
Who doesn’t love shopping? The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is a combination of entertainment, shopping and dining options accompanied by scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the entertainment options are indoor and outdoor rides. Racing enthusiasts (right here!) can enjoy a self-guided tour of commemorative plaques along the boardwalk.
Ormond Scenic Loop
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-plus mile loop traversing the natural scenery of northeast Florida. Take your bike out for a day trip along this scenic path with ready access to the Atlantic Ocean, state parks and trails. Make a pit stop and enjoy boating, hunting, fishing and hiking. During migration season you can even find whales, turtles and dolphins. If you’re an outdoor lover like me, this is a must-do.
What better place to enjoy fresh seafood than right next to the Atlantic ocean? With more than 75 seafood restaurants to choose from, there is no shortage of fresh sea life and picturesque settings in which to enjoy it. The Ocean Deck Restaurant and Beach Club is situated right on the ocean and offers a relaxed environment with everything from fresh seafood to wings. Looking for somewhere right on the water? Try Off the Hook at Inlet Harbor Raw Bar and Grill. Chances are you catch an awesome Florida sunset and maybe even see a manatee or two while enjoying your meal.
60 miles to Mickey
Love all things magical? Daytona Beach just happens to be a mere one hour and 15 minutes from Walt Disney World, home of the one and only Mickey Mouse. Take a day trip from the sun, sand and rally to explore a little magic.
Where the sun always shines
Let’s face it – for those of us struggling to get through another long, cold winter up north, Daytona offers a chance to soak up the sun and enjoy some warm weather. Simple as that. The Daytona area offers no shortage of opportunities to put winter behind you for a few days.
So, there you have it. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center, Beach Street or the Speedway to say “Hi” to Jim Swanson and the rest of the great folks at the AMSOIL booth. They’re happy to tell you everything you want to know about AMSOIL synthetic lubricants.
Ride Hard, Run Cool!
Updated. Originally Published: March 8, 2018