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.

Great town to work and live. The MainStreet DeLand Association puts on events ALL the time: Art Walks, Car Shows, Bike Rallies, Music Festivals, Beer/Wine Tastings and the list goes on and on...
Reviewed by karenchristopher
on April 20, 2012
My spouse and I came to Florida from Ohio, house-hunting only in college towns, since our professions for 30 years were closely entwined with young people. We were immediately "taken" with both downtown DeLand and Stetson and looked only at houses from which we could walk to both. We have loved trying all the wonderful restaurants, visiting the shops, and experiencing the many events and festivals. It is obvious that the people of DeLand take tremendous pride in their community and that it is much-loved.
Reviewed by buckeyetransplant
on April 20, 2012
I love visiting this small town!
Reviewed by mhatling
on April 18, 2012
I do not live in DeLand, but have worked at a small shop in the center of town for almost 21 years. I love it!! The people are the best...we have events every month to bring residents and visitors to the downtown district...and DeLand is beautiful...historic homes, Stetson University and all our family owned businesses make it a great place to work, visit and live! We also have an abundance of great food, from All-American fare to French, Thai and great Greek. Nestled in between beach areas, the St John's River and the Ocala National Forest...close enough to Orlando, if you're missing the city...I think DeLand truly has it all!
Reviewed by misselaineous
on April 18, 2012
Love downtown!!!! Lots of festivals and community events. I knew that I wanted to live here from the moment I first saw it at age 16. Moved here at 24 and still love it!!!
Reviewed by mt 591sm
on April 18, 2012
Showing 191 through 195 of 214 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review