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.

Deland, a great town with great patriotic people
Reviewed by HBS1923
on May 8, 2012
DeLand has a history of honoring those military who served in DeLand at the Naval Air Station Base during WWII until the present time. The community has always been there supporting our men and women who serve. In the 40's the homes and hearts were open to the service personnel and everyone participated in the war effort. Presently parades,dances,plays, and honor groups keep the history alive from the past and make sure current history is noted. The DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and the Commemorative Air Force located at the airport both share this historic vision and Keep 'em Flying. as well as on display.
Reviewed by scsaul@aol.com
on May 8, 2012
Greatest little patriotic town around. With Volusia Honor Air, Wounded Warrior, and the best darn Veterans Day Parades all around.. Best place to life too....
Reviewed by Geoffelton
on May 8, 2012
many murals on buildings downtown, vetrans parades and many other activuties
Reviewed by kjbigdaddy
on May 8, 2012
Great little town, it's why we moved here!
Reviewed by mikeackerson
on May 8, 2012
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27,031

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