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 not been to a town that is as loyal and dedicated to its military without an active base being present. DeLand is supportive of its veterans, past, present and future.
Reviewed by mzgriffman
on May 3, 2012
Great place, very patriotic!
Reviewed by KolbyBear
on May 3, 2012
I have lived here since 1967 and have seen many changes through the years, but one thing that has never changed is what a wonderful place to live DeLand is. We have a wonderful Veteran's Day Parade that never ceases to amaze me with the folks that turn out and respect they show our Veterans.
Reviewed by smacondld
on May 1, 2012
DeLand is a wonderful hometown: the quintessential American hometown! We have it all!! Quaint neighborhoods, a small and thriving downtown, Stetson University, industrial airport center and Cultural programs like the Navel Air Station Museum, Florida Museum of Art and the Athens Theater. DeLand has a community that cares and benefits from the hardworking men and women that make our Mainstreet DeLand Association, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary's, Junior League, BPW and Garden clubs the best around.
We are a perfect example of Patriotic cities. We like to parade! Homecoming, Christmas, Mardi Gras Dogs in costume, and DeLand hosted one of largest Veteran's Day Parades in central Fla this year and regularly set out 4 blocks of flagpoles in our downtown in tribute. We also had the honor of having the Olympic torch run right through our downtown during the 1996 Olympics.
DeLand is a special place to call home!
Reviewed by mperryman
on May 1, 2012
I grew up here, and think it's one of the most hometown feeling towns any where :)
Reviewed by TammyShelton-Kirby
on May 1, 2012
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