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.

DeLand, Florida is proud to be a patriotic town. You can’t beat our Volusia County Veterans Day Parade each year to warm your heart with a vintage military aircraft flyover, military vehicles, floats, civic groups and veterans from all branches of service. Our history as a WWII Naval Air Station is commemorated through the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and a mural in our beautiful downtown. We are proud to be the home of the Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend, to benefit and honor the Wounded Warrior Project each year, and Volusia Honor Air which brings WWII Veterans to Washington DC at no cost to them. Our community is filled with both local and national pride.
Reviewed by DeLandGirl
on June 1, 2012
Moved to DeLand from So. Florida 4 years ago and never looked back! It has the best and sweetest downtown area and the friendliest folks. Beautiful Victorian homes line many of the streets. Mature trees and beautiful flowers. This little college town has a peacefulness to it!
Reviewed by Lvzmusic
on June 1, 2012
In 1980 I made my first trip to Florida, flew into Daytona Beach and had to travel inland to Eustis. My first impressions was "This is Florida?" So dissapointed...pine trees everywhere.no palm trees very depressing. Than as we were going inland we came upon DeLand. What a difference, like night and day. I fell in love with DeLand that day and still love going there now. It is true family Florida living....quaint, alot of originality and people are so nice. So having gone there approximately 32+ times, I can truely say, it is the most all around beautiful, relaxing place to go. Be back soon folks.
Reviewed by pitypat47
on June 1, 2012
DeLand embraces its Veterans like nothing I've ever seen before. The Rotary lines our MainStreet with flags for every occasion and flies our veterans to D.C. to be honored by Volusia Honor Air. The DeLand Naval Air Station holds an incredible Hangar Dance before Veterans Day and you can see many veterans wearing their uniforms doing the jitterbug! And the Veterans Day Parade has a Spruce Creek Gaggle flyover and for two hours you clap and cheer until you are hoarse. We love our heroes both home and abroad and appreciate all that they sacrifice and do to keep us safe. Thanks for this chance to let them know!
Reviewed by proudtocallDeLandhome
on May 16, 2012
Deland has got it all!!!
Reviewed by sonjajackson
on May 16, 2012
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