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 the best small town around!
Reviewed by karly_Potter
on May 1, 2012
Our town has a great sense of patriotism year round!
Reviewed by rcolangelo
on May 1, 2012
I am proud to be a lifelong resident of DeLand. There are many events throughout the year that celebrate and honor our veterans.
Reviewed by sraborn
on May 1, 2012
We moved here about 8 years ago and love the place. Regular events downtown, sometimes too many and we cant get to all of them. Most to benefit one or another great charity. Never a dull moment. Fun people, patriotic, great place to live and visit.
Reviewed by mnypitZ
on May 1, 2012
My parents moved us here from Miami about 21 yrs ago. At first, I thought it was like stepping into a time machine and going back to the way things were in the early 1900's. It was like culture shock. Everyone had a smile on their faces, they said "Hi" to you (even if they didn't know you), and the town started shutting down by Dusk. But, by the time we had been here for a year or so, it felt more like home than Miami ever did. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Miami, but DeLand is and always will be my hometown. After I spent 9 yrs in the Navy and started raising my own family, I couldn't wait to show them where I spent my teenage years. Now, we live here in DeLand and I have to say, "There's no place like home."
Reviewed by sgt6802
on April 26, 2012
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