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 have lived in DeLand all my life. I would not like to live anywhere else. We take our freedom very seriously and we want the world to know about it!
Reviewed by sweetspirit58
on May 8, 2012
Small Town atmosphere with a Big Heart!
Reviewed by lamtlm80
on May 8, 2012
DeLand is home to Volusia Honor Air, honoring our World War 11 veternas, and is also home to WOunded Warrior honoring our injured veterans. It is a very patriotic small town.
Reviewed by getlbyrnes
on May 8, 2012
Our town, DeLand, represents the best of Florida. Our community of dedicated volunteers have provided much effort to create an atmosphere to honor our City, County, State and Country. Numerous festivals and events occur throughout the year (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day and other occassions) for our citizens and visitors to remember that we do live in "the land of the free and home of the brave".
Reviewed by richardreynolds
on May 8, 2012
Best small town in Florida
Reviewed by JoanKeeler
on May 8, 2012
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