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 is a wonderful town where I am proud to be raising my family! It is home and offers so much opportunity to my kids
Reviewed by tata1028
on May 16, 2012
DeLand's main street on Woodland Avenue is the center of it all. The parades, art shows and American flags during holidays make it happen. This is one cool city in which to live, work or just visit!
Reviewed by JohnStockham
on May 16, 2012
I love this town. it is friendly, cultural great restaurants and museums...lots to do both inside and outdoors. Deland is home.
Reviewed by giulischacht
on May 16, 2012
Love the small town feel and friendly folks!
Reviewed by bubswife2003
on May 16, 2012
Love all the old buildings! And the murals painted in just the right spots!!
Reviewed by meggiefrank
on May 16, 2012
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