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.

This is a wonderful hometown. Funky, historic, patriotic, friendly, naturally beautiful.There is always a festival or event of some type going on in town. The area is very affordable. There are all types of people here - all are welcome. Deland is the skydive capaital of the US, home to Stetson U and only 20 minutes fom Daytona Beach and an hour from Disney World. The weather is great and the town enjoys quant, tree-lined streets with natural springs and woodlands around the area.
Reviewed by cscholl123
on April 17, 2012
I was not born in Deland but my father was and I lived there most of my life, but I don't live there anymore and I really miss this wonderful and amazing little town. This is one of the best cities to live in and I really enjoyed growing up there and raising my kids there.
Reviewed by grandmaof8
on April 17, 2012
DeLand is a beautiful, artsy and fun town to live in! I moved here in 2003 and absolutely love it. There are so many festivals and downtown events for everyone to enjoy, not to mention a great historic district with wonderful shops, restaurants and nightspots! And very close to many parks, springs, St. John's river and the beach, and great weather year-round! Who could ask for anything more?
Reviewed by missjuli
on April 17, 2012
Great downtown area for shops and dining.
Reviewed by sm559lr
on April 17, 2012
My husband and I moved to DeLand November of 2011 and we absolutely love it here! There are loads of wonderful local businesses to enjoy, wonderful food, and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet! We love our new hometown!
Reviewed by MFSherbon
on April 17, 2012
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