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.

A beautiful town full of great people
Reviewed by amber23
on May 15, 2012
Nice smalll town.
Reviewed by alextestm7
on May 15, 2012
Small town with great history and American charm
Reviewed by Karmacall
on May 15, 2012
Awesome small town with great festivals and great american pride.
Reviewed by knightguyfl
on May 15, 2012
I love living in DeLand. We celebrate every national holiday with flags down Mainstreet DeLand, parades and other ceremonies.. Our Rotary Clubs honor our WW II vets by taking them to Washington DC on Volusia Honor Air. Sky Dive DeLand sponsors events to benefit Wounded Warriors. I am proud of our town's enthusiastic patriotism in promoting events too many to be mentioned here,
Reviewed by Kathrynwalsh
on May 15, 2012
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