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There are many things to do and see during the Daytona Speedweeks. Check out the Daytona Speedweeks schedule and be sure to add these fun things to do to your travel plans. While my family and I were able to hosted at the Daytona 500 and were able to drive the Toyota Tundra thanks to Southeast Toyota Dealers, all opinions are my own.
Things To Do During Daytona Speedweeks
The Daytona 500 is held annually at the Daytona International Speedway, but did you know that there are fun activities to participate in during Daytona Speedweeks besides just the big race on Sunday? Let’s talk about all of the activities that happen during Daytona Speedweeks.
Daytona Speedweeks is actually over a week long, with pole qualifying, the Clash, and the ARCA race events being held the weekend before the Daytona 500. The week of the Daytona 500 events include the Duel at Daytona, a truck race, the Daytona 300, and the Daytona 500 race. During Daytona Speedweeks, there are lots of activities besides just the races happening at the track and in Daytona.
Daytona Speedweeks Schedule and Things To Do
Motorsports Hall of Fame America
The Motorsports Hall of Fame America or MSHFA is located inside of the Tickets and Tours Building at Daytona International Speedway. The MSFHA is not just about racing cars, but about all of the motorsports from boats, to motorcycles, to cars, and planes. There are over 260 inductees in the MSHFA and each of them has a plaque commemorating their achievements inside the hall of fame. You will also find memorabilia and artifacts showing the history of all of the great American motorsports.
During Speedweeks ticket prices for the Hall of Fame are: Adults $9.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $5.00, Children under 5 years of age are free, and ticket holders to that day’s racing event are $5.00. If you would like to see the Motorsports Hall of Fame on a non-race day, admission is included with all Daytona International Speedway tours, which are NOT available for most of Speedweeks.
Have you always wanted to get on the track at the Daytona International Speedway? Well, now is your chance! Head on down to the track for the pre-race walk before the big race and you can even leave your mark on the track. Race fans are allowed to leave their signature on the start/finish line before the race gets started. We had the opportunity to walk on the track and it’s really an incredible experience. I really had no idea how curved the track is! It’s quite the workout walking up the track on those turns!
The University of Northwestern Ohio or UNOH fan zone is the place to be during Speedweeks. There are so many activities for race fans to participate in from driver autographs, pre-race concerts, and even shopping the fan zone has it all!
Access to the fan zone does require a separate ticket for entrance for some races, and for most races, kids that are 12 and under can enter the fan zone for free provided they are accompanied by an adult with a fan zone ticket.
Things To Do & See In The UNOH Fanzone
- Kid’s activities in UNOH Fanzone – Your young race fans can get their face painted, climb a rock wall, jump on trampolines, and participate in the many other kid-friendly activities in the kid zone.
- Florida Power and Light Solar Patio – While you are sure to have a blast at the Daytona 500 it can get hot, and you might need to take advantage of the solar-powered patio. Have a seat in the shade, watch the action all around you and get your phone charged on the patio.
- Check out the Garage – You can watch as the drivers and their teams get ready for the big race. Watch as the pit crew’s put the finishing touches on the race cars as they get ready for the race to start.
- Shopping – Want to take a break from the race festivities for a little while and get some Daytona 500 souvenirs to take home? Then make sure to check out the Fanatics Infield Superstore. They have all your race gear needs, plus t-shirts, hats, mugs and more for you to take home and share with the race fans there.
- Budweiser Bistro – Is all the racing activity leaving you hungry? Not to worry, if you didn’t bring in snacks or drinks (which is allowed at Daytona International Speedway) or if you just want to try some race fare, stop in at the Budweiser Bistro. They offer a variety of hot dogs, chicken tenders, steak sandwiches, subs, and of course Budweiser beer. They also have wine and other adult beverages too.
- Historic Displays – Learn about the history of NASCAR. Take note of some of the historic displays set up in the UNOH fan zone and learn how the sport got started, and how it has evolved over the years.
- Gatorade Victory Lane – Get your picture snapped with the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy. Then head on down to victory lane and check it out. This will also be where the champagne is flowing at the end of the race!
In addition to all of these fun Daytona Speedweeks activities and race events, there is also a parade of vintage stock cars on the Daytona International Speedway track, a beer festival with samples of over 75 different kinds of beer, worship services, and a marathon that starts on the race track. Some of these events require an additional ticket or entry can be purchased as part of a package.
Events and calendars change each year at the Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. You can find a calendar of events and links where you can purchase tickets to these events on the official Daytona International Speedway website.
As you can see, there is so much more to the Daytona 500 and Speedweeks activities than just the big race on Sunday. Even if you are not a hardcore NASCAR fan, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From concerts, food, shopping, autographs, kid-friendly activities and more the whole family is sure to have a great time. I know we always do!
If you are looking for things to do outside of the race track, here are 10 Top Things To Do In Daytona For Under $10.
And if you want to explore the surrounding areas of Daytona, there are lots of beautiful day trips from Daytona.
St. Augustine is only about 45 minutes away
Jacksonville is about 1.5 hours away
No matter where you decide to visit in the Daytona area, make sure to visit the beach. Florida is lined with gorgeous beaches. In fact, if you wanted to, you can actually drive on the beach from St. Augustine all the way to Daytona! While we didn’t drive on the beach all the way to Daytona, we did take advantage of the 4X4 in the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax and drive along the beach in St. Augustine while we were in town for Daytona Speedweeks.
The sand was no match for the Toyota Tundra TRD’s powerful 5.7-liter V8 and overbuilt drivetrain. The Toyota Tundra is engineered in Michigan, styled in California and Michigan, and then assembled in Texas. This truck is amazing! It drives so smooth, the 3 hour drive from Tampa to St. Augustine and back and forth from Daytona was a breeze and the kids had a ton of leg room in the back seat. We were all actually surprised by the amount of room in the back, there is plenty of room to make sure all your passengers are comfortable. And the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro was definitely comfortable on the beach…and the farm. We also drove the Toyota Tundra to a dairy farm, what better vehicle to take to a farm than a beautiful, yet powerful, pickup truck?!