DeLand is Showing its Artsy Side!

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Galleries, museums and live theatre are giving this “old Florida” downtown a new vibe. It’s a small town with a big arts scene. It’s “old Florida” with a new vibe. It’s DeLand, Florida. And here in downtown DeLand, that vibe is an artsy one. In the heart of the sunshine state, West Volusia County has […]

Spectacular Stetson Mansion Highlights a Central Florida Christmas

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Celebrating the season: from gilded luxury to simple traditions in West Volusia As holiday happenings go, there is nothing quite like the Stetson Mansion, decked out in full regalia for its annual Christmas celebration. The Stetson Mansion Christmas tours are the highlight of any holiday visit to DeLand and the West Volusia region. This Victorian mansion […]

DeLand’s Amazing Mainstreet

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Authentic Florida draws visitors to the streets of DeLand This “real Florida” downtown has taken the top ranking as “America’s Best Main Street” in 2017. On the streets of DeLand, visitors find a sense of history as well as a contemporary vibe. It is home to shops and boutiques, galleries and a remarkable collection of […]

Reach New Heights in DeLand, Florida

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Looking for an unforgettable adventure? Head to DeLand, Florida, near Daytona Beach. Here, Skydive DeLand is one of the busiest drop zones in the world. Nearly 100,000 people a year take the plunge here, where outstanding year-round weather and proximity to the beach combine to add to its popularity. Tandem jumps for beginners, Accelerated Free […]

Cassadaga

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Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is the oldest active community of mediums in the Southeastern United States. People come from across the country and throughout the world for readings and séances and to experience the healing energy touted here. Seminars, festivals, historical tours and spiritual teachings take place among the cobblestone streets and meditation gardens of this […]

Stetson Mansion

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The Stetson Mansion, built in 1886 for famed hat maker John B. Stetson, is often hailed as Florida’s first luxury estate. Lost to the public for years, the private estate has been renovated and updated and is now open for tours and festive celebrations. It’s been named “Florida’s Most Popular Attraction” and one of the […]

Skydive DeLand

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Skydive DeLand is one of the busiest drop zones in the world. Nearly 100,000 people a year take the plunge here, where outstanding year-round weather and proximity to the beach combine to add to its popularity. Tandem jumps for beginners, Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training and advanced jumps are all part of the program offerings. […]

Old Spanish Sugar Mill/De Leon Springs State Park

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You don’t often hear “natural springs” and “pancakes” in the same sentence. Except when someone is talking about De Leon Springs State Park. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill, opened in 1961, is a restaurant housed inside the park in a100-year-old replica of the original 1830s sugar mill. A griddle sits at each table, where homemade […]

Fishing

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The St. Johns River is not only at the heart of this region, it’s a major source of recreation and for many, that means fishing! The river and its many lakes and tributaries throughout the West Volusia region are well known among fishermen far and wide. Largemouth bass and crappie get top billing, but there’s […]

Drink it Up!

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We’re not all about umbrella-topped tropical drinks here in Florida. Downtown DeLand and West Volusia are home to microbreweries, brew pubs, wine bars and even a small batch meadery. From pale ales to porters, local brewers celebrate central Florida’s people and the region with names like Dee-Land White Boy, Daytona Dirty Blonde and Sunburned Tourist; […]

Manatees at Blue Spring State Park

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Blue Spring State Park is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The park comprises more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John’s River. On cold days in manatee season, (mid-November through mid-March), several hundred of these amazing creatures can be seen […]

Top Rated Downtown: DeLand

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The authenticity travelers are looking for is here, in DeLand. This “real Florida” downtown has taken the top rating as best downtown outside of Orlando.  It’s a destination that combines a sense of history and a contemporary vibe. It is home to shops and boutiques, galleries and (nine!) museums as well as a slate of […]

Have Yourself a Southern Little Christmas

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Make precious memories that last with holiday fun throughout the Southeast Get into the HO HO HOliday spirit with a tour of the South’s finest Christmas festivities. Between world-renowned twinkling lights, shopping fit for Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself and train rides that dazzle the imagination, these Southern adventures are sure to be forever etched […]