DeLand, Florida

Votes



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"

Description

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.

Living in DeLand there is such a huge sense of community and pride for our town.
Reviewed by Travistutus
on May 15, 2012
Great downtown events throughout the year
Reviewed by richardzwick
on May 15, 2012
Deland has put holders along the sidewalks so we can put American flags up and down the mainstreet during patriotic holidays.
Reviewed by USA
on May 15, 2012
Everyone loves a parade and DeLand knows how to do them right. EVERYONE comes~
Reviewed by Redwine41
on May 15, 2012
DeLand is a beautiful town...full of historic murals, beautiful old buildings and best of all..wonderful people keeping alive the essence of a small town feel.
Reviewed by quiltshopofdeland@hotmail.com
on May 15, 2012
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