DeLand, located in Volusia County, Florida, is one of the state’s small town treasures. DeLand is the county seat as well as a college town, with Stetson University’s campus classified as a National Historic District. The downtown, lined with notable gift shops and restaurants, has been recognized as a national MainStreet DeLand community. Special events focus on culture and the arts, history, hospitality and lifestyle.
Founded in 1876 by Henry DeLand, the City is proud of its unique heritage and is rich in history and culture. With a population of 27,000 DeLand is a thriving City. Located only 25 minutes from Daytona Beach and about 40 minutes from Orlando, DeLand delights visitors with all the possibilities and hospitality a small Southern town can offer.
Tree-shaded streets adorned with handsome homes cocoon the campus of Florida’s oldest private college, Stetson University. Stetson’s presence enhances the community’s rich cultural offerings with theater, recitals, museums and a vibrant speakers program.
Nearby parks offer camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving and canoeing. Get a peek at Manatees in Blue Springs, or boat over to Hontoon Island State Park to see a cypress swamp on the St. Johns River. Explore the early settler’s history at DeLeon Springs State Park, where you can griddle your own pancakes at The Old Spanish Sugar Mill, then paddle a canoe through the Florida waterway.
When you need a beach for cruising or sunning, drive on the sands of Daytona, or seek out a calmer shore in New Smyrna Beach. Still feeling restless?…Hit the links at three area golf courses, including Victoria Hills voted one of the top ten course in Florida or if you are seeking an adrenaline rush, Skydive DeLand offers instruction and an the experience of a lifetime.
DeLand’s economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, education, finance, health care, government, manufacturing, and the DeLand airport. Contributing to the success of our community is the way businesses, City government, and citizens work together to make DeLand a great place to live.
It’s All About the Art
Cultural Arts + Business: An Essential Coexistence by Richard Reep (Oct. – Dec. 2016)
West Volusia Arts Scene by Rick deYampert (Jan. – Mar. 2016)