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.

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
Great place to live, work and play! So many ways we show our patriotism, flags line the street on holidays,veterans day parade,defending freedom weekend, hanger dance for vets, Volusia honor air flights forWW2 vets, and the list goes on and on. DeLand loves our country!
Reviewed by Rfapgar9
on June 1, 2012
DeLand has managed to maintain a quaint, small town feel that makes you feel comfortable here. They offer many quality events for the public and especially several that feature our beautiful downtown.
Reviewed by lesfil
on June 1, 2012
Several parades and events devoted to our country and those who have served in the military. Also great for dining and nightlife, If you haven't traveled to Deland you should take a day trip. Keep up to date with all that is going on in our great small town by liking Mainstreet Deland on facebook!
Reviewed by hollyhbogausch
on June 1, 2012
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