DeLand, Florida

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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.

The residents of DeLand are among the most patriotic in the country. From the Veterans Day Parade, Patriot Day Celebration to commemorate 9/11 to the placing of flags along the main drag on every patriotic holiday, the citizens support our troops and first responders. The three Rotary Clubs in ths small town joined together a few years ago to form Volusia Honor Air with the goal of taking World War II Veterans to Washington to visit the WWII Memorial. Despite the sluggish economy, we have managed to raise enough money to make 8 flights to DC since 2008, at a cost of about $65k for each trip! Our 9th flight is May 19th and we are already planning Flight 10 for September 2012. Without the support of the community, none of this would be possible. I would never want to live anywhere else.
Reviewed by bubbaque2
on May 8, 2012
I love the American hometown feel the city of DeLand has.
Reviewed by glirvine
on May 8, 2012
Deland is a lovely community where you will find good friends and neighbors, a community that feels cozy and "home town". Deland is supportive in every aspect of community living. Stetson University with its beautiful campus call Deland its home, A stroll downtown exhibits our local artists talents.
Reviewed by MAWP
on May 8, 2012
I was born & raised in DeLand. This town is everything to me! I am blessed to be able to live here. Our town is about community...I love DeLand, Florida!
Reviewed by iluvdeland
on May 8, 2012
DeLand is that small town we think of when we think of Mayberry. The place you want your kids to grow up. The place you want to retire.
Reviewed by KelleeFerrari
on May 8, 2012
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