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.

I love DeLand! My scouts always participate in the Veteran's Day Parade and many other events in DeLand.
Reviewed by Tmann18
on May 15, 2012
Deland is a beautiful town with great restaurants, Stetson University, a Drop Zone, Bike Path, Springs, St. John's river and no traffic!
Reviewed by mhurley
on May 15, 2012
Mainstreet America is more than a string of store selling junk from China. Skip the theme park and head for real American history. You'll find it in Deland.
Reviewed by DeborahKing
on May 15, 2012
Love Love Love Deland! Love the parades, the artwalks, the shops, the owners and the PEOPLE
Reviewed by dgotsch
on May 15, 2012
Voting for DeLand, Florida.
Reviewed by GBS
on May 15, 2012
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