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 Veteran's Day Parade is out of this world as well as other patriotic events around town that go on throughout the year. We love DeLand
Reviewed by atlee75
on May 15, 2012
Awesome place to visit or live. Town is very supportive of veterans feadtured by parades, parks and festivals all revalved around service men and women.
Reviewed by leviveirs
on May 15, 2012
Not only does our Rotary club display flags up and down the main street on holidays - the 3 Rotary clubs together have taken 100 WWII Veterans (at no cost to the Vets) to Washinton DC to see the Memorials on 9 different occasions so far, We have an annual Veterans parade & the Naval Museum hosts a huge hangar dance each year.
Reviewed by
on May 15, 2012
very much a slice of the American pie feel in DeLand. Can't help feel that the people are proud of their town and of being American.
Reviewed by citurtle
on May 15, 2012
Best place to live!
Reviewed by sarakate19
on May 15, 2012
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