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.

Great town to grow up in
Reviewed by ufsr133
on May 15, 2012
DeLand is a wonderfully patriotic small town. A great place to live and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Reviewed by billandmichele
on May 15, 2012
Enjoyed coming here, love living here!
Reviewed by calcagnigal
on May 15, 2012
The DeLand Garden Club takes care of the plants around all of the Blue Star Highway Markers.
Reviewed by page 110
on May 15, 2012
I used to drive through this town as a tourist and now I am proud to say I am a resident here. Always great things to do and overall a beautiful town
Reviewed by KLENDE1
on May 15, 2012
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