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.

In the “Most Patriotic” category. I am proud of the patriotism shown throughout our community from the many Vets that live here to our murals, our parades, Volusia Honor Air, & the flags that our Rotary Clubs put out every federal holiday. The Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend takes the Veterans sky diving, bowling & golfing and honors them with BBQ's & a downtown block party with music & an auction to raise funds for the project. DeLand is a very patriotic town that appreciates and honors our veterans. I love living in DeLand.
Reviewed by Arnette
on May 8, 2012
Deland is an Awesome place to live. We are patriotic and hold several events during the week to support our veterans...
Reviewed by lplp1984
on May 8, 2012
Being a 32 year Air Force veteran and living in DeLand for 25 years, I sincerely believe DeLand is the most patriotic town anywhere. I love it here.
Reviewed by pastorfrankclark
on May 8, 2012
DeLand is a small town that welcomes all visitors. Every year there are celebrations downtown for Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July.
Reviewed by savycoo15
on May 8, 2012
Hard to find Old Fashion Charm, History, & Culture in such a pefectly located Florida Town.
From Museums to antiques, from fishing to sports, from downtown Mardi Gras Dog Parades, Grean Affairs toMonsters on Mainstreet to DeLand Fall Featival of the Arts.
So many Locally Family owned resturants and downtown shoppes. The pictures above tell it all. Come enjoy life with us here in DeLand! Where you are only a stranger once.
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