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Daytona Beach, Florida
Update -- September 13, 2021
Due to a cancellation of another event that was scheduled at the Ocean Center, the Center has approved our moving into the very large (94,000 square feet) Exhibit Hall for the Feast of Tabernacles this year! For those who were in Daytona last Feast, this is the same large meeting room we had then. Seating will be ample and there is plenty of space for social distancing, etc. For those who prefer to sit in a Mask Only area, we do have a large meeting room, separate from the Main seating area, with a separate entrance. Read the Posts under the Posts tab for information you may have missed.
Update -- August 26, 2021
Please review the POSTS for this Feast site for up-to-date information on the Mask Room, Family Day Activity that requires advanced ticket purchase, and other items of interest.
There WILL be a Mask Room available at this site for those who prefer that arrangement.
They call Daytona “The World’s Most Famous Beach.” Indeed, it is blessed with miles of wide, white sand beaches and the majestic, expansive ocean that stretches out as far as the eye can see. Just seeing the ocean reminds us that one day the “earth will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9 Isaiah 11:9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
American King James Version×).
Daytona Beach is all it advertises, but last year it also served as a very welcoming, accommodating and memorable Feast site in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ocean Center provided us with ample meeting space that allowed for generally accepted social distancing standards in our seating and fellowship. We had separate meeting rooms that allowed for a mask room for those who preferred that option, and the staff and community worked with us to provide an open atmosphere where we could enjoy what the physical surroundings have to offer, as well as worship and meet in comfort, all while adhering to the standards set for us.
Most restaurants were open for last year’s Feast and will be open this year, as are the entertainment venues the area has to offer.
God provided a safe environment and beautiful surroundings, all enhanced by His Holy Spirit and His hand that were evident in our Feast last year. We are grateful to God to be able to keep His Feast again this year in Daytona.
Daytona Beach offers a multitude of housing opportunities, including all sizes and price ranges of hotel rooms, hotel suites, condominiums, studio apartments and homes. Oceanfront and ocean view rooms are plentiful in all price ranges. Most Feastgoers will find suitable accommodations within a mile or two of the beautiful, modern Ocean Center, which will again be the hub of Feast activity. Daily services, Bible studies and other events will be held here.
A variety of group activities will be offered, including Family Day at the Daytona Lagoon, an adjacent water park and recreation facility that has water slides, a kiddie pool area, go karts, laser tag, mini golf, and an arcade with a myriad of carnival and arcade games all under one roof. Last year’s Family Day was a big success, and we and the staff there are looking forward to offering this activity again.
During free time outside of church services and group activities, Daytona has a wide range of places for shopping and dining as well as world-renowned attractions. These include the Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona 500 Experience, the Boardwalk and Pier (with its amusement park), Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and of course the miles of pristine white sand beaches. The Kennedy Space Center is located an hour or so south of Daytona Beach.
Parking is at a premium in Daytona, so the Church rents a parking lot from the Ocean Center during the Feast. We have exclusive use of this lot 24 hours a day. As an incentive, the Convention Bureau will reimburse the Church a set amount for every room, condo or house night rented in Daytona or Volusia County during the Feast. Because this reimbursement will offset the Church’s cost of parking, we are requesting people who attend this site to book their reservations through the entities listed in the Feast housing brochure. When you make your reservation, be sure to let them know you are booking for the United Church of God Feast of Tabernacles.
The normal high temperature for late September is 82-86 degrees and the average low is around 70 degrees. Travelers can fly into Daytona Beach International Airport or into the airports in Orlando or Jacksonville, both of which are 1-1.5 hours from Daytona Beach.
We look forward to observing the Feast with you this year!