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.

Visiting downtown DeLand is like stepping back in time. We still do things the old fashioned way, we know our neighbors by their first names and we stick together as a community in times of need. Doesn't get any better than DeLand!
Reviewed by cfmatousek
on April 26, 2012
DeLand is the classic small American town. With it's prestinly beautiful historic town center, it's support of the arts, it's top of the line restaurants, and friendly people, it is no wonder my wife and I moved here.
Reviewed by Robmanningbaldwin
on April 26, 2012
Every person that comes to visit my husband and I in our sleepy little town is amazed at what a wonderful place we found to live. The weather and quaintness of the town brought us here, while the people, the the feeling of community, the gorgeous Mainstreet with it's historic buildings (especially the theatre), along with the amazing cuisine available have kept us here.
Reviewed by lexywooman
on April 26, 2012
Dog parades, art shows, museums, beer fests, art walks, great restaurants, car shows, bike events, gigantic Christmas parade, sculptor walks, marvelous shops . . . what's not to love?
Reviewed by mscribner37
on April 24, 2012
DELAND HAS THE BEST MAINSTREET PROGRAM. MR. BECKER MAKES GREAT STRIDES TO HAVE SOMETHING GOING ON EACH AND EVERY WEEKEND IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN DELAND, IF IT IS NOT A GREEN BEER FOR ST. PATTY'S DAY, IT'S A CLASSIC CAR SHOW EVERY MONTH. HE KEEPS THE DELIGHTFUL IN OUR SLOGAN "DELIGHTFUL DELAND." THANKS JACK.
Reviewed by AnnRobbins
on April 24, 2012
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