Every spring Daytona Beach, Florida, hosts a 10-day event called Bike Week. The event normally attracts 500,000 visitors making it the largest motorcycle rally in the country. Motorcycle aficionados from around the world will be there.
The event began in 1937 and was later promoted by NASCAR creator Bill France Sr. Every year the Daytona International Speedway hosts two popular motorcycle races in conjunction with Bike Week: the Daytona 200 and Daytona Supercross.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly events, or spicy events like bikini and wet T-shirt contests, there is no shortage of fun things to do during Bike Week.
Some of the more popular events are:
- The kid-friendly Rug Rat Rodeo where children compete to win prizes
- Budweiser Clydesdale Parade on Main Street
- Live music (over a dozen clubs will have live bands)
- The Harley Davidson Motor Company provides demo rides on Beach Street
- Motorcycle stunt and trick shows
- Outdoor concerts at Dirty Harry’s and Full Moon Saloon
- Cruising the strip!
At least two Harley’s will be raffled off; Harley Davidson is raffling one valued at $31,000 and another worth $35,000 is being raffled off by American Iron magazine (see slide show for photos of the bikes).
Events for riders:
- Bike Week Treasure Hunt: Participants will have their Treasure Hunt Passports stamped at 10 different locations throughout Daytona and receive a 2013 Commemorative Coin at Bike Week HQ.
- Ride the Loop: 22-mile trek through the Florida countryside. The Loop follows a circular path starting at the Granada Bridge in scenic Ormond Beach. The Loop is considered a must for bikers that love the open road and Florida’s natural beauty.
There are tons of great restaurants such as Boondocks, Brickyard Lounge & Grill, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and Caribbean Jacks. There’s no shortage of watering holes either.
And don’t forget perennial attractions such as the Pier, the Boardwalk, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the Ocean Walk Shoppes and of course, the beach. There are always tons of activities in Daytona Beach.