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.

DeLand is a quaint little town located between Daytona and Orlando. It is known for its friendly people and beautiful downtown district. From the Fall Festival of the Arts to the Downtown Tropical Nights and Annual Dog Parade there is always something fun to do and see. Athens theater is the crowning jewel of downtown and was recently brought back to its original glory by the adoring community. It is the perfect town to sit outside near a waterfall and have a gourmet meal or meet friends for coffee in a secluded coffee and tea shop with brick walls and cozy seating. I cannot imagine a more inviting and lovely place to visit!
Reviewed by cabqueen13
on June 1, 2012
DeLand has the most patriotic Veteran's Day Parade each year through Mainstreet. It's begins with an American Flag ceremony, patriotic music, and a vintage military aircraft flyover. It features military troops and vehicles from all branches, marching bands, and patriotic floats. Citizens line the streets in patriotic clothing, waving flags, honoring our veterans, troops and ROTC. There is a hugh party in the streets following the parade. Restaurants give discounts to all military. Flags fly everywhere. It's my favorite parade of the year, but only one of many days where our patriotism is proudly displayed. Last weekend, DeLand hosted Wounded Warriors at a skydive event, block party, and golf tournament.
Reviewed by PatriceFleming
on June 1, 2012
This town gets into every holiday! Such a beautiful place.
Reviewed by sharper45
on June 1, 2012
DeLand celebrates the USA everyday with it's small town living and true "main street" way of life.
Reviewed by JenCat84
on June 1, 2012
Deland is a wonderful town with lots of family friendly things to do. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
Reviewed by Delandresident
on June 1, 2012
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