With Biketoberfest right around the corner, we decided to do a follow-up to an article that received lots of praise several years back for the headache it saved rookies and veterans alike.
In the spirit of fun, because that’s what these events are supposed to be, I’ll point out some helpful tips on how to avoid traffic, activities for the family (G-Rated), the best restaurants, good hotels, and some of the events that will be happening around Daytona.
The first thing to remember when riding around Daytona during this event would be to travel East to West when possible. For whatever reason, traffic patterns here always seem to slow when heading toward the beach rather than away from it. Planning your route ahead of time can save the misery of cooking yourself with an air cooled engine and make arriving at the destination much more pleasurable.
A few travel rules to keep in mind:
Generally speaking, daytime hours on Main Street or Beach Street are G-Rated. Almost everywhere changes after dark into an alcohol fueled party environment, which is to be expected of any bike rally. Keeping this in mind, plan the family activities for the daylight hours and enjoy the array of putt-putt, go-kart, and seasonal Halloween events in the area.
For “stand-up” type dining, the Iron Horse Saloon on Ridgewood Ave. is a favorite. Just remember to park at the quickie mart next door and NOT under the decks… You’ll have beer all over your bike when you get ready to leave.
For great Bar-B-Que in Daytona, Hog Heaven beside the Ocean Center on A1A is a worthwhile stop. Great service, decent wait times, and good sweet tea. If you like bbq, this is one of the spots you’ll want to hit.
Seafood (because that’s what going to the beach usually involves) is going to depend on the price range and atmosphere desired. Check out some of the seafood places around the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse for a relaxing dining destination.
Prices change quite a bit during these motorcycle events in Daytona. It’s always more affordable toward the Ormond Beach area or back toward 95. I guess the real question to ask is what sort of drive do you want to make each day to participate in the activities… Keeping in mind that the further you are from the heart of Daytona, the more likely you are to actually get some sleep. A list of some affordable options with several reviews can be found here.
Okay, so we took care of how to get around? Check. What to do with the kids? Check. Where to eat and stay? Check and check. What are we forgetting? Oh yeah, the whole reason we’re talking about this in the first place… Biketoberfest, duh! Seriously, though… With so much happening it’s easy to get lost and find yourself wandering aimlessly throughout a sea of custom bikes, builder events, concerts, races, and parties that you miss something you were looking for entirely. Check out our listings of Biketoberfest events to get an idea of when you should be where to get the most out of the trip.
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