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 bought a home in DeLand last year. It is like a little "Mayberry, RFD" on the upscale. Easy to get around, beautiful downtown, activities for all interests, fabulous place to raise a family or be a retiree.
Reviewed by Walmart
on April 26, 2012
Great small town feeling. Many fun downtown events where main road is closed off and everyone can casually stroll through the event booths etc. Stetson Univ. adds a lot of culture and diversity.. Deland being county seat makes everything easy to access. Great location just minutes off I-4, 30 min to beach, 45-60 min to Orlando attractions, 30 min to Daytona and airport, 1 hr to Orlando airport.
Great place to live!
Reviewed by dkaufnelson
on April 26, 2012
It is beautiful! It is called "The Athens Of Florida". I have lived here since 1972.
Reviewed by prestidge
on April 26, 2012
DeLand is charming, friendly and there is always something happening downtown.
Reviewed by mlkjak
on April 26, 2012
Deland has many patriotic events and other activities for everyone to participate in. It has a wonderful schedule of events each year with great attendance by the community. Deland gets my vote for "Most Patriotic".
Reviewed by RobWoo
on April 26, 2012
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