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Bike Week: Camping info, scenic rides, things to do

  • Schedule of events at Daytona International Speedway
  • Cool rides
  • Things To Do Near Daytona Beach
  • Camping At Daytona Speedway
  • Best Camping Near Daytona
  • Hotel accommodations

 Racing is an authentic Florida tradition proudly worn in Daytona, where motor cars first coursed the hard-packed sand of its beaches during the 1930s.

You can still drive on the beaches, but the racing has moved inland to Daytona Beach International Speedway.

From March 10-19, 2017, bikers from around the country roll into Daytona for a 10-day party, keying off the celebrated Bike Week agenda of Supercross, Flat Track and Road Racing.

The spillover is conspicuous throughout the state as tourists sporting biker leather rattle the norm from dive bars on the Gulf Coast to the Overseas Highway through the Keys. And then they all converge on Daytona.

Here’s our guide to help sort through the RV and tent camping options, cool rides, and other outdoors things to do.

Bike Week — March 10-19, 2017

Sat., March 11 – Daytona Supercross

Sun., Mon., March 12-13 – Daytona Amateur Supercross

Tues., March 14 — ATV Supercross

Wed., Thurs., March 10-11 — Daytona AMA Pro Flat Track (two nights of racing)

Sat., March 18 — 76th Annual Daytona 200:  Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series season opener.

For more information on events Daytona International Speedway, visit their official web site: www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Camping Options For Bike Week

One of the major challenges you may face during your visit to Daytona Beach in late February and early March is finding a campground to pitch a tent or park your RV. Hotel and motel accommodations can also be scarce.

The key to success is booking reservations as early as possible.

For a price, ample sites are available at the Speedway in the infield or outside the track behind the berms. Most sites include infield admission.

A few enterprising ranchers west of Daytona have also been known open their fields to campers, but don’t count on it.

Infield Camping at the Speedway

For a small fortune, RV, travel trailers, motor coaches and even tents can camp inside the racetrack, where you can watch events from your campsite, or just outside the berm.

This year, camping is also being offered outside Turns 1 and 2.

You can buy tickets and reserve a campsite at the Speedway by calling call 1-800-PITSHOP   Or go to this link for camping at Daytona International Speedway.

Special Event Camping for Bike Week

Volusia County Fairgrounds, Deland – Fastlane Promotions is hosting Bike Week campers at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, and this may be your most inexpensive option.  The Fairgrounds are 18 miles from the Speedway, a straight shot down I-4 at the State Road 44 exit.  Primitive sites (no hookups) are $15 per person per night, $90 for all 10 days.  A one-time fee of $20 is charged for pop-ups and RVs. Hot showers available. At the RV Annex, full hookups (water, sewer and electric) are available for $50 per night for two people ($15 for each additional person). No pets or weapons are allowed. Call Troy at (386) 801-1810. Web site: bikeweekcampground.com

Fastlane is also promoting Burning Bike Daytona at the fairgrounds, to be held on Friday, March 11. Admission is $5.

Special Event Campground near the Speedway

FinishLine RV Park is one block from the Speedway and is only open 30 days a year for Daytona’s hottest events, Speed Week, The Daytona 500, Bike Week, The Coke Zero 400, and BiketoberFest. A few of the sites are paved, and a few have electric hookups, but you’ll pay $15 a night extra for 30-amp power.  You must also pay a $100 non-refundable deposit regardless of your length of stay. Weekly and daily rates are available and range from $40 to $90 per night, depending on total overall length of RV, truck and trailer, etc. For more information, visit their web site.

Best Camping Near Daytona Beach

Our campground recommendations cost far less, and for that reason they get snapped up early. But they are worth checking in case of cancellations.

Blue Spring State Park, Orange City — On the eastern edge of a vast basin of preserved lands, wildlife refuges and state parks that protect the watershed of the oddly north-flowing St. John’s River, making this park an ideal launching pad for paddling your kayak into the wild or just chilling out in the spring. 51 campsites (tent or RV), $24 night; Cabins, $95; Rest rooms with showers; Grill, table, water and electric at each site; Dump station; Swimming, snorkeling, tubing in the spring; Nature trails; Kayak/canoe concession on St. John’s River; Boat launch outside park; Pets OK in campground; No alcohol, no weapons.  Check the available of campsites and make your reservations online or call 800-326-3521. 28 miles from the Speedway, off I-4. Read more: Blue Spring State Park

Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach — A watery paradise with excellent paddling, boating and fishing. This beautiful state park is on the scenic Ormond Loop Trail. One of the premier stops on the Florida Birding Trail with more than 160 species sighted either resident or passing through during the spring and fall migrations. More than 100 shady campsites near the Tomoka River with electric and water hookups, picnic table and a grill. Dump station on site. Maximum RV length is 34 feet. Sites are $24 per night and include electric, water. Pets OK in the campground. For campground reservations, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks. 14 miles to the speedway. Read more: Tomoka River State Park

Campsites at Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area

Camping at Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area

Gamble Rogers State Park, Flagler Beach – Camping on the beach, behind the dunes. A great little oceanfront campground, if you can get in.  There are 34 sites, some with an ocean view. Al sites have water, electric, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is on site. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance by calling (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks. 22 miles from the Speedway, north of Daytona on State Road A1A.  Read more: Gamble Rogers State Park (and more)

Wekiva Falls RV Resort, Sorrento — Tent sites along the banks of the Wekiva Falls spring run and hundreds of RV sites, this RV park is a small city with its own general store, community center with heated pool and a waterfront tiki bar just off the wild and scenic Wekiva River. This once-disheveled campground is making a comeback, and it’s worth a look. The prolific spring is channeled up through a concrete flue, creating an aerial “falls” that spills into a water park, then down the spring run to the river. All RV sites have full hookups. Tent sites are primitive (no hookups) but have picnic tables and fire rings. The resort is offering a four-night Bike Week special for $170 (premium site) or $150 (standard site) for two guests. You must book online in advance.Call 352-383-8055 for more information. Located 38 miles south of Daytona, off I-4 Exit 101C.  Go west on SR 46 for 5.5 miles, cross the Wekiva River and turn left on Wekiva River Rd. Entrance is 1.4 miles.

 

Favor-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine – This tranquil park borders Pellicer Creek into the open marshes that frame the Intracoastal Waterway south of St. Augustine. This park is one of the most popular in the state for bird-watching. The campground has 30 sites in a shady hardwood hammock, each buffered from neighboring sites by natural vegetation. Each site has water, electric, fire circle with grill and a picnic table. Pets allowed. Alcohol prohibited except within your campsite. For campground reservations, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks.
42 miles north of the Speedway on I-95.  Read more:  Favor-Dykes State Park (and more)

Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka — Wekiwa Springs is one of Florida’s largest and most popular state parks, a 7,800-acre wonderland of 19 distinct plant communities and the source of one of the state’s two designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Wekiva.  60 sites (tent or RV), $24 night; Rest rooms with showers; Fire ring with grill, table, water and electric at each site; Dump station; Swimming in spring, hiking, bicycling, canoe/kayak launch; Pets OK but not in swimming area; No alcohol or firearms.  For campground reservations, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks.  About 47 miles south of the Speedway, just off I-4. Read more: Wekiwa Springs State Park (and more)

Also check out…

Daytona Beach KOA (5 miles)
Daytona Speedway KOA (5 miles)
Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort (11 miles)
Bulow RV Resort (20 miles)

More Northeast Florida camping info

RV Camping Along I-95 in North Florida’s state parks

 

Scenic Rides

Bike Week visitors often extend their visit to explore or revisit other areas of Florida, so we’re including a few of those destinations, as well as some really cool rides near Daytona.

Cool Rides Near Daytona

Florida scenic roads: Ormond Beach Scenic Loop and Trail

Ride the Loop — The Ormond Scenic Loop is a 30-mile road trip through live-oak canyons, waterfront postcard scenes, abundant wildlife, two state parks and a state historic site. Along the way, there’s camping, hiking, biking and paddling opportunities. Arguably one of Florida’s most scenic road trips. Read more:  Gateway to the Scenic Loop: Tomoka River State Park

Flagler Beach — This quaint little beachside community is a refreshing change from the high-rise condos and hotels that populate much of Florida’s coast. And it’s coastal waters are at the vortex of Florida winter whale watching. Read more: Escape to this real Florida beach town and Whale watching in Florida: Winter thrill on the northeast coast

Daytona Beach — Riding your motorcycle on the hard-packed beaches of Daytona and New Smyrna Beach is a Florida tradition.  Pioneers did it with horses and buggies. From the 1930s until 1959 — stock car racing was born on these beaches.  Early racers sped along this hard-pack sand until Daytona Speedway was built in 1959. You can ride these beaches, too — just not as fast. Read more:  Ultimate Road Trip: Driving on the beach

Canaveral National Seashore – Apollo Beach at Canaveral National Seashore is one of the last stretches of pristine beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, and it’s all yours. From the park entrance in Bethune Beach, you can cruise more than 6 miles on a paved road behind the dunes, pulling off at one of a half-dozen parking lots with beach access. Follow A1A south of New Smyrna Beach. Near the entrance, stop for lunch and a brew at JB’s Fish Camp. Read more: Apollo Beach: Canaveral National Seashore

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — Less than an hour’s drive south of Daytona on U.S. 1 is the spur road to the north entrance of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Hill. The casual, fun and scenic route is one bikers frequently cruise during Bike Week. Once inside the refuge, you can cruise for miles through wilderness. And on your way back, enjoy outdoor dining on the deck at Goodrich’s Seafood and Oyster House, overlooking Mosquito Lagoon, off the beaten track in Oak Hill. Read more:  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge  and Oak Hill: Don’t Blink

Ocala National Forest — The forest is bisected by two main roads — State Road 40 (east-west) and State Road 19 (north-south). There are dozens of forest service roads, most unpaved, branching off both of these highways, and you would be remiss to ignore them. These roads take you deep into the woods and boast magnificent scenery. The two main routes to access the forest are State Road 44 from New Smyrna Beach via Deland, and State Road 40, west out of Ormond Beach. (From Daytona, take I-4 south to SR 44 in Deland or take I-95 north to the SR 40 route.) Read more: 5 things to do in Ocala National Park.

More about cool rides near Daytona

Cool Rides Around the State

Florida Keys Overseas Highway — In the weeks before and after Bike Week, U.S. 1 through the Florida Keys is mobbed with bikers from Key Largo all the way to Key West. Take the road less traveled, Card Sound Road to North Key Largo, and stop at Alabama Jack’s, a traditional stop for bikers. And time your trip for the next biker hangout, Hog Heaven Bar and Grill at Mile Marker 85. Here’s your bible: Florida Keys Mile Marker Guide

Florida Cow Country — The Cracker Trail is an off-the-beaten-track, two-lane road running through the heart of Florida’s historic cow country. This rural road lined with picturesque pastures and majestic live oaks offers subtle beauty and little-known history linking Bradenton on the Gulf Coast, through Sebring, to Fort Pierce on the Atlantic Ocean. Read more: A drive through Old Florida cow country

Tamiami Trail and Loop Road — Experience the Everglades from your motorcycle. Pick up U.S. 41 west of Miami, just off the Turnpike, and travel west through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp to the Gulf Coast. Don’t miss the Loop Road, a Big Cypress side trip that will remind you why you are riding with the wind. Read more: Scenic Drive exploring the Everglades and Loop Road: Storied path is full of wildlife

Indian River Lagoon Circuit — You’ll find an Old Florida flavor on the western shore of the Indian River Lagoon, especially on the scenic 20-mile drive between Stuart and Fort Pierce, and then swing back along the eastern shore on State Road A1A and enjoy some of Florida’s best beaches on Hutchinson Island. Read more: Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach and Barefoot on Hutchinson Island.

More Things To Do

The Homely Manatee — The West Indian sea cow migrates in winter to the steady temperatures of the springs that feed the nearby St. John’s River, where you can observe their lazy meanderings. One of the best viewing areas is at Blue Spring State Park, just a few miles from Daytona off Interstate 4. Seafaring legend has it that these lumbering creatures were the myths of mermaids. Mermaids? Read more:  Where to see Manatees in Florida

Baseball Spring Training — Florida’s spring training camps are open, and the games begin March 1. Saddle your hog and take in a few innings with your favorite team. Read more: Florida Rambler’s 2016 Spring Training Guide.

Orlando Theme Parks — No doubt that many of you will be cruising down I-4 to Orlando to enjoy a day or three at Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland and other Orlando-area attractions, such as the Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil. Here’s where to camp: 7 cool campgrounds within an hour of Disney World, Buy your tickets in advance: Discount Orlando Attractions! Starting at $9

Oldest City — St. Augustine is a treasure, and it has great beaches, not to mention a great ride along A1A north of Daytona. Cruise through the historic downtown and visit fortifications the Spanish built to protect their fleets laden with gold and silver. Read more: Five cool things we discovered in St. Augustine on its 450th birthday and St. Augustine: Ideal for nature and history lovers. Don’t miss the St. Augustine Pirate Museum.

Hotel Accommodations For Daytona Beach

There are hundreds of motels, both on the beach and near the beach, in Daytona Beach and surrounding communities.  We particularly like the Riverview Hotel & Spa in New Smyrna Beach for it’s classic Florida ambiance, waterfront location on the Indian River and proximity to one of Florida’s best beaches.

Another good option is the Black Dolphin Inn, a high-end B&B that is also on the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach. The 14-room Black Dolphin is relatively new to the lodging scene near Daytona and prides itself on its connection to local fishing guides, who will take you out into nearby Mosquito Lagoon.

But your choices are endless.

Check out Hotels in Daytona Beach

Hotels in New Smyrna Beach

Hotels in Ormond Beach

Hotels in Flagler Beach

 

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