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.

The small town of Deland Florida reminds you of an old town. Very friendly many shops and restaurants old time barber shop with Stetson university on the out skirts of town.
Reviewed by drcoffman
on September 3, 2013
I have lived in Deland since 2003 and I have to say it is one of the most friendliest places I have ever been. I love the old town feel, the old houses and the people most of all. I love history and it has alot of history Nd it has lots of things to see and do. As for the patriotism I hav never seen a town that shows up to thank our current and fallen soldiers they truly care and take care of the families affected. If you are near our quaint little town stop by and check is out you won't e disappointed.
Reviewed by DelandGirl2003
on July 20, 2012
We are proud to be DeLandites, and DeLand is proud to be American! We are home to Volusia Honor Air, sending WWII Veterans to Washington DC; we are home to the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, celebrating 70 years of Naval Air history in DeLand this year; we are home to Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend, honoring and supporting the Wounded Warrior Project; and don’t forget the beautiful display of flags our local Rotary Clubs line Woodland Blvd. with each Federal holiday.
Reviewed by Kburley
on June 4, 2012
My Husband and I moved here from South Florida in 2009 and it was the best decision we've ever made. DeLand is a wonderful, charming, friendly community that has a small town feel but is full of culture and things to do. It is a college town and is very family friendly. People in DeLand take a great deal of pride in our community and it shows!
Reviewed by Welshwitch117
on June 4, 2012
DeLand is a wonderful place in which to live; fun and creative activities continually, friendly and warm atmosphere and beautiful and lively downtown. I have lived in other areas and DeLand is my home city of choice.
Reviewed by WandaBurnett
on June 4, 2012
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