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.

This is a great little town that reflects Florida's history. It seems that the residents pride themselves in keeping with the old historical themes.
Reviewed by wnelson
on May 10, 2012
This is the home of Volusia Honor Air-we fly free to WWII vets to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial.
DeLand is simply the most patriotic.
Wayne Gordin
Reviewed by waynegordin
on May 10, 2012
DeLand is the Best Small Town in America for Most Patriotic Category. This quaint little town is home to Volusia Honor Air, the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum (celebrating 75 years of Naval Air History, the Volusia County Veterans Day Parade, Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend (honoring and benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project), patriotic murals, flags lining Woodland Boulevard on federal holidays, the patriotic spirit of our citizens, and so much more.
Reviewed by heather.seaver@yahoo.com
on May 10, 2012
DeLand is great little small town located right in the middle of everything in Florida. The people are incredibly friendly and the small town charm is everywhere.
Reviewed by chip2075
on May 10, 2012
Great community! Deland has a great history of supporting veterans. Everything from Veteran's Day parade, Honor Air, to name a few.
Reviewed by JeffRitchey
on May 10, 2012
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