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 moved to DeLand almost two years ago from South Florida. It was supposed to be a temporary stopover, but I've completely fallen in love with this little town! They have so many activities for everyone downtown and I've never seen such a dog-friendly town. It's such a hard decision whether to vote for "Friendliest" or "Most Patriotic". Both apply equally and fully to this charming city.
Reviewed by SusieJanov
on April 18, 2012
Love all the parades, flags, military flyovers, and celebrations here! I've never seen anything like it anywhere else I've lived.
Reviewed by WayneDaniels
on April 18, 2012
Love DeLand, Best All Around Town!
Reviewed by trishpie
on April 17, 2012
Great place to live.
Reviewed by jtaylor
on April 17, 2012
DeLand Rocks! Downtown DeLand is great!
Reviewed by blaise28
on April 17, 2012
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