You may know Florida’s famous East Coast locale of Daytona Beach for the Daytona International Speedway and a spring break season that would make you blush, but this beach town has a lot more to offer.
And a lot more season left in it.
With the fall festival rolling around, families, couples and friends all gather for Florida’s “cooler” season — think 76–86-degree days well into November.
Aptly named WonderFall, Daytona Beach kicks off the family-friendly festival season Oct. 17, and rolls right through Dec. 1.
Biketoberfest Motorcycle Rally October 17–20
Are you a motorhead family? You’re in luck, one of the best motorcycle rallies in the Southeast is hosted in and around Daytona Beach. Stop by different motorcycle shows and custom bike builds, or shop around at hundreds of industry vendor stands. Make your way through the show and still have room enough to spread out on the beach — with 23 miles of Atlantic coastline, even non-riders in the family can easily find something to do.
Step off the beach for a little while and get artsy at the Halifax Art Festival. Hosted in the historic downtown area of Daytona Beach, a range of established and up-and-coming artists and craftsmen showcase their work. Artists and artisans come from all over the country to exhibit at the festival, the second-longest-running art festival in Florida.
Greek Festival November 7–10
Now 43 years running, St. Demetrios Greek Festival is a great way to celebrate Greek culture right in Daytona Beach. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks, traditional music, dancing and a slew of fun events. Admission is free, which includes parking and a shuttle service to and from the event.
Daytona Turkey Run Nov. 28–Dec. 1
Sorry to jump ahead to the holiday season, but the annual Daytona Turkey Run doesn’t really scream seasonal tidings. Presented by Daytona Beach Street Rods, head to the Daytona International Speedway to check out thousands of unique automobiles. Meet vendors and get a new perspective on this famous venue.
Still looking for a festival that speaks to your family’s interests? No problem, Daytona Beach hosts more than 60 events, festivals and fun celebrations throughout the year. You’re bound to find a few worth traveling to the Sunshine State for, even if it’s just a good excuse to get some beach time in well into the fall and winter.
Planning a trip to Belgium next year? Be sure to include the Bright Festival of Lights in your family travel plans as it makes its return to Brussels, Feb. 16–19, 2023. This exciting festival illuminates the capital city of Belgium, putting several districts in the spotlight.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Over the past several years, Norwegian Cruise Line has worked to perfect something they call “freestyle cruising,” a concept letting each passenger experience cruising exactly the way they want to. An impressive variety of entertainment, relaxation and activity options let you do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Passengers aboard an NCL cruise are encouraged to dress how they feel comfortable. So, whether you want to dress to the nines or stick to shorts the whole cruise, you will never feel out of place.
Elevate family travel with Off the Map Travel this winter by booking two new glass igloos frozen into a secluded lagoon to sleep next to a glacier in Iceland. Available for booking now for travel mid-January to March 2023, the “igloo boats” are part of an exclusive tour and accessible only by boat or all-terrain vehicle.
Plan ahead to finish holiday shopping early and gift your family an award-winning European 2023 summer vacation with Celebrity Cruises and leave the holiday hassle in your wake. With the most unique itineraries of any cruise line, Celebrity is the perfect choice for your summer escape.
When you first see the Italian island of Capri, a precipitous chunk of rock rising abruptly from the sea, you might wonder why anyone would have settled there. Once you step off the ferry from Naples or Sorrento, though, you’ll know the answer. There are few more beautiful and romantic places in the world and, once you arrive, you’ll be glad you limited these family travels to your one and only.