Things to Do in Daytona Beach This November (Besides Attend the AAPPM Conference)
It may be the peak of summer right now, but trust us—by early November you’ll be desperate for a spot along the beach and a nice tropical breeze.
This fall, the AAPPM will be returning to Florida—Atlantic coast, this time—and setting up shop at the luxurious Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort for our next great conference!
We’re sure some of you probably don’t need any more convincing. The thought of sitting out in the sun and sipping on a nice mai tai after a day of learning how to supercharge your practice is all the encouragement you need.
But for those of you that are looking for even more reasons to come on down, let’s get to know our host city a little better and look at some of the other things there are to do. After reading, you might end up turning a weekend conference into a weeklong family vacation!
In and Around the Hotel & Resort
Trust us—you’re not going to be disappointed by the accommodations. The resort features a ton of amenities for a lazy day, including:
- A prime spot along one of the most famous white sand beaches in the world
- Several pools for those who aren’t sure they want to challenge the Atlantic
- A kid zone with games, arts & crafts, sand art, and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities
- State-of-the-art fitness center with great ocean views
- Full service in-house spa
The resort is also positioned right along the iconic Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, with a staggering amount of dining, shopping, and entertainment options to choose from. Take in a movie at the 3-screen theatre, play some arcade games, or enjoy some water rides or a go-kart race at the Daytona Lagoon.
You could easily spend a few days lounging around within a few hundred feet of your room. But there’s plenty of other cool things to take advantage of if you’re willing to do a little more exploring. How about:
Paddle-Boarding with Dolphins
Enjoy a relaxed 2-to-3-hour tour of the calm bay, small island, and shallow canals from a paddle board. Close-up encounters with dolphins and manatees are a frequent occurrence, especially in the morning when they’re most active.
No paddleboard experience is necessary, as each tour begins with a ground demonstration and lesson. (There are also kayaks available for those who want them.)
Riding Shotgun (or Driving!) a Real Race Car
You might never be a real NASCAR driver yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a taste of what it’s really like for yourself!
Those who choose the shotgun option get to ride along as a professional racing instructor takes them through three blistering laps around Daytona International Speedway.
If you’re brave enough to sit behind the wheel yourself, though, get ready for an unforgettable experience. All packages include training and instruction, plus one or more 8-minute timed racing sessions—complete with radio communication with your personal spotter, just like a real racing driver!
Touring the Speedway and Museum
So maybe you’re a racing fan, but not quite ready to fly around an oval at 185 miles per hour, whether you’re driving or not. No biggie.
You can still enjoy a tram tour of the massive 2.5-mile, 100,000-seat speedway, coast along the banked turns (at a more leisurely pace), climb the winner’s podium, and finish at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Taking a Day Trip
If you’re looking to extend your Florida stay beyond the weekend of the conference, there’s tons more to explore!
Some of the major attractions within a 90-minute drive of Daytona Beach include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND Florida, the Kennedy Space Center, historic St. Augustine (oldest city in the continental U.S.), Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Ocala National Forest, and so much more.
And Hey … Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Conference
Of course, while there’s lots of fun stuff to do on your own time, let’s not forget the most important reason to be in Atlanta this May: To learn the skills, tools, and mindset you need to take your practice to the next level.
To learn more about this exciting AAPPM event—and to sign up your team online—just head on over to the main event page. We look forward to seeing you soon!