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 prides itself on it's hometown charm! Mainstreet DeLand Association and Jack Becker have done an amazing job of providing fun and entertainment in a warm and friendly environment. The unique quaintness of DeLand is something to be experienced by all!
Reviewed by mcmanus
on April 24, 2012
Great town with a lot support for veterans and the military. Thanks to all the men and women who have served this country!!
Reviewed by jcw2104
on April 23, 2012
DeLand is a very proud City, where Veterans are truly honored & revered. Hundreds turn out every year, lining both sides of Woodland Blvd. from end to end, for the DeLand Veterans Day Parade. Flags are proudly displayed any holiday that celebrates our the men & women who have fought to preserve our freedom. Visitors are impressed with how vibrant DeLand's historic downtown is, with restaurants and businesses occupying buildings dating back to the late 1880's. We deserve to be recognized as one of America's most patriotic Cities.
Reviewed by
on April 23, 2012
While I don't live in Deland I do live near by and love all the events they have and have attended several of them. Fun place to shop and dine too!
Reviewed by Karen264
on April 23, 2012
I would not live any place else in the world. small town charm. wonderful, friendly people. many cultural and outdoor options. a great small university. progressive city and county governments.
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on April 23, 2012
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