More Than a Beach – Here’s How You Can Spend an Adventurous Race Weekend in Daytona Without Getting Broke

Published 01/23/2024, 11:31 AM EST

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The 2024 NASCAR season is just around the corner. The season will kick off with the Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series opening clash on February 17th, while the Cup Series will get its ball rolling on the 18th of February on Sunday. As always, the opening races will be held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, Miami. Now, Miami is a scenic place for tourists to visit. However, it is known to leave a huge dent in one’s pocket as the city has a reputation of being expensive. It does leave a little wiggle room for the fans travelling to the city and enjoying its offerings. Luckily, we have been able to compile an itinerary that will see you make the most of the NASCAR weekend, and these options won’t burn a hole in your pockets, so make sure you check them out.

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Budget-Friendly thrills one can enjoy during the NASCAR Daytona weekend

First things first, one can always get the full Daytona experience by indulging in the tour of the iconic speedway itself. For those who want to soak in the NASCAR vibe, this historical experience will see get them geared up for the big weekend. Adding to the motor sports theme, the next on the list is the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The MSHFA sees foot traffic of around 10,000 visitors every year flocking in to get a glimpse of the best moments and achievements in American motor sports history.

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The next one is for the art enthusiasts. Continuing on the trend of getting prepped up for the weekend, the next ideal destination would be the Gallery 500. It celebrates the work of local artists and of those from across the country honoring Dayton’s rich cultural heritage and significance, so make sure to check them out while in Miami. The next adventure sure aligns well with the poster image of how one should spend their time in the city.

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The Three Brother Boards Dolphin and Manatee Paddle Board Tours; this experience can be the highlight of your weekend apart from the NASCAR races. During this tour, you will be able to learn to paddle board and, at the same time, get a close glimpse of the dolphins.

Speaking of budget-friendly, you sure cannot miss out on Daytona Flea and Farmer’s Market. It’s not just a flea market. You’ve got restaurants, snack shacks and more than 400 permanent vendors. The best part about this market is you pay zero parking and admission charges.

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Adventure on a budget will be worthwhile only if you have sorted the tickets for the Great America race.

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Bang for a buck ticketing option for the big American race

The Great American race sure does not come cheap. With the ticket prices going as high as $2500, it’s hard to find a good deal. However, we’ve spotted a deal of $178 for tickets each for the Daytona 500 Cup race on Sunday, which is indeed value for money. With the front row seats you will be able to witness the action up-close and at the same time, save your precious dollars which you can spend on your leisure activities mentioned above.

Moreover, if you want a wider field of view with constant eyes on the action of the racetrack, you can get the Row-5 tickets for $716 each. Out of all the expensive options, this option is a fine balance between affordability and the best seats at the grandstands. With all things said and done, the ball is in your court and we hope we’ve listed out the best options for you to pick from.

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How are you planning your Daytona Beach weekend, do let us know in the comments below.

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Chintan Devgania

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It was the Fast & Furious movies that acted as my gateway to the world of cars and motorsports. Later, as I completed my undergrad in Journalism, I learned how to channel my thoughts and opinions, which only helped me kick-start my career as a sportswriter. Having written multiple copies for the Scottish Daily, I am now looking to expand and contribute at EssentiallySports as a NASCAR writer, informing, enlightening, and entertaining the fans with my stories.
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