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 great place to grow up and to raise a family. It is friendly, beautiful, fun, patriotic and has great restaurants!
Reviewed by gerry.pascale
on May 8, 2012
Although I don't love in Deland, my husband is a local business owner there and everytime I am in the area I just think how awesome it is. The people are so genuine and friendly; the local shops, restaurants and bars are amazing and one of a kind; these things combined with others make Deland the true definition of the Most Patriotic town!
Reviewed by MDowling
on May 8, 2012
A university town with eclectic restaurants, galleries & shops and full of friendly people of all ages and all walks of life. Mainstreet DeLand has done wonders in preserving the small town feel andproviding opportunities for creativity. The murals, historic tours, antiques galleries, and sidewalk cafes make DeLand a destination of desire!
Reviewed by kksternberg
on May 8, 2012
I have lived in 17 states and 4 countries, I have traveled all over the world and I chose DeLand to raise my kids in. It is a quaint Mayberry-esque community with culture, diversity, and convenience. With everything no farther than about 5 miles from anywhere else, it is easy to get around. There's something to be said about a one high school town. I have lived here for 10 years and wouldn't live anywhere else! This is what small town America is all about.
Reviewed by earlzagoof
on May 8, 2012
I moved away from DeadLand when I was 18. I lived in many states and even in Germany. However, when my sons were born, I decided to move back "HOME" where there was a real hometown and the simple beauty of a small town. After 50 years, I still run into high school classmates at the stores and doctors. I lived in WWII barracks when I moved here at 15. There are lots of parades featuring the veterans, also a museum and many hometown events. When the flags come out for holidays, I love to drive up and down the heart swelling with pride.
Reviewed by mrsgorgon
on May 8, 2012
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