DeLand, Florida


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


DeLand is named after its founder, Henry Addison DeLand, and is considered the Athens of Florida. It is home to Florida’s oldest private college, Stetson University, with a campus classified as a National Historic District. Be sure to visit the Stetson campus while visiting, and don’t miss the Stetson Mansion, Florida’s first luxury home built in 1886.

While the town hosts many events yearly, the most popular is the annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. This two-day event held in the historic downtown area attracted over 50,000 people from all over Florida in recent years. The downtown area has been recognized as a "national Main Street program," and offers renowned shopping, dining and hotels.

As expected in Florida, DeLand is home to the outdoors with parks and lakes for boating, recreation and beauty. Stay on the St. John’s River or take a guided boat tour; get active with swimming, canoeing and kayaking; or nature watch with a variety of fish and birds in the area. Row through Lake Woodruff National Forest from De Leon Springs for 18,000 acres of natural exploration.

If you’re still looking for an adventure, visit the famed Skydive DeLand, the training capital of the world. DeLand is also known for its air station and features a Naval Air Station Museum with historic artifacts and equipment on display. For more on Florida’s patriotic treasure, check out these reviews.

DeLand is a family oriented town with a lot of history and very patriotic. There are a lot of good places to eat some with good home cooking such as Big Rigs 2 and The Old House Cafe'
Reviewed by crumj
on May 15, 2012
I love this town! From the annual veterans day parade to the Volusia Honor Air flights, DeLand honors it's beloved America year-round. It gets my vote for most patriotic!!
Reviewed by vpleus
on May 15, 2012
There are a lot of great festivals throughout the year. They do a wonderful job of bringing people from the community together. The town has a lot of old Southern charm also.
Reviewed by BryanTomovcsik
on May 15, 2012
Lively, fun loving town. Patriotic and holiday spirited.
Reviewed by
on May 15, 2012
DeLand is a great place to live, work and play!
Reviewed by crcjgc
on May 15, 2012
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