I can’t believe it’s already fall! For those up north this means apple orchids, fall colors and cool winds. For us here in Florida, it means lots and lots of festivals! If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or you just want to get away for a romantic weekend, you’ll find some of my favorite festivals can be found on the east coast of the ‘sunshine state’, more specifically, at the original American Beach, Daytona Beach. With a variety of activities, dining and over 20 miles of pristine white sandy beach, as a Florida resident, Daytona Beach has become one of my favorite fall festival destinations. Making it a great place to take a Thanksgiving trip and do something memorable.
Here are some popular things to do in Daytona Beach:
- Daytona International Speedway
- Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
- Deep sea fishing
- Historic sites
- Fine dining and restaurants
- Night life
- Festival capital of Florida with more than 50 festivals annually
- A wide range of free things to do in Daytona Beach
There’s quite a variety of places to stay in Daytona Beach with a great amount of kid friendly options. Not only is it one of the most popular beach destinations on the east coast of the United States, it’s just so versatile. The beach awaits you!
Fall Festivals in Daytona Beach, Florida
If you love art, be sure to attend the Halifax Art Festival in scenic downtown Daytona Beach. For classic cars of all varieties, it’s the Daytona Turkey Run at Daytona International Speedway, and for a bit of dancing and tasty gyros, don’t miss the Greek Festival. During the Daytona Blues Festival, you’ll enjoy a top-notch line-up for blues greats performing at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Or find daily live music during Biketoberfest® at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona motorcycle-themed shopping and entertainment complex.
The Daytona Turkey Run – Classic Car Show
The Daytona Turkey Run, presented by Daytona Beach Street Rods, is a gathering of thousands of unique automobiles and swap meet vendors. It has grown to become the largest classic car show in the United States. It is held each Thanksgiving weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, in the infield of the ‘World Center of Racing’, Daytona International Speedway. If you like hot rods, classic rides and outdoor fun this is so the weekend for you.
Not only is it great for the whole family, but it appeals to all demographics, couples, friends, even your grandparents will love this event. It’s a great way to kick off some of Florida’s most beautiful weather, especially for our northern part time residents. Click for more information on the festival capital of Florida and to learn more about the Turkey Run.
Planning a Trip to Florida in November
If you’re planning a trip to Florida in November, here are some things you’ll want to know before you pack:
- Weather can be unpredictable, pack a sweater, a light jacket and a bathing suit. Rain and humidity are often a factor, but so are beautiful sunny days. It’s best to be prepared for anything.
- November marks the beginning of our tourism season. Still, it’s a great month to get in before it gets really busy. If you’re trying to decide, remember December is busier than November.
- You can get a travel guide by visiting
Daytona Beach is truly a fun family and great for couples for fall. With a bit of planning using the resources I’ve provided, you can meet this Thanksgiving with a great family vacation that’s not only easy on the budget, but fun, fun, fun!