De Land Travel Guide

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De Land Things to Do

  • Henry A. DeLand House Museum

    FROM THE INTERNET:About the Museum:The DeLand House Museum was built in 1886 by DeLand's first attorney, George Hamlin, who also developed the Hamlin Orange. Originally a one and a half story structure, the house was In 1988 the house was purchased by Robert and Hawtense Conrad and donated to the City. Assisted with funds provided by the City of...

  • University buildings

    There are several wonderful old buildings on the Stetson Campus. I wish I could have toured each one of them. One that is particularly interesting is the Stetson Mansion which you can review on their web site:Stetson Mansion

  • the trees of the south

    Spanish moss drapes from the big old trees of DeLand, giving a shady, graceful canopy of protection from the sun. The "moss" is actually a bromeliad which hangs from trees and sometimes shrubs, taking moisture and nutrients from the air. THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION BY A BOTANIST Spanish-moss (Tillandsia usneoides)Spanish-moss, also called...

  • Tour the historic district

    The National Historic District is clearly marked with very good signage and little flags on the light posts. To me it is a joy to find a little town like this in Florida where so much of their original fabric has been obliterated. You'll find no glaring bright lights, strip development, box stores or disney plastic here in DeLand. What you WILL...

  • stetson university

    originally called the deland academy stetson university was founded by henry a. deland in 1883. stetson university is the oldest private college in florida. the college was renamed stetson university in 1889 after john b. stetson of the stetson hat manufacturing company. this architecturally beautiful campus is a worth while place to visit when in...

  • stetson university

    pictured is deland hall. deland hall built in 1884 is the oldest building in florida in continous use for higher education and the first building built on the stetson campus. this building is listed on the national register of historic places.

  • historic district

    located around the intersection of SR44 (new york ave.) and US17-92 (woodland ave) is deland's historic district. deland was founded in 1876 and there are a number of historic homes in this area. the downtown business district along woodland ave. was developed between 1900 and the 1920's. pictured is a 1905 building on woodland ave. woodland ave....

  • old mill

    from 1823 to the 1870's de leon springs was part of the spring garden plantation. at the spring the plantation constructed a grist and cane mill. the mill was burned down in 1835 during the second seminole war. it was reconstructed and was burned down again in 1864 during the civil war. pictured is the remains of the paddle wheel of the mill. today...

  • de leon springs

    de leon springs is located 6 miles north of deland in the tiny town of de leon springs. this beautiful and historic spring offers swimming, snorkeling, hiking trails, and a very unusual restaurant. the park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. a very worth while place to visit in the deland area.

  • blue springs state park

    blue springs state park is located in orange city florida about five miles south of deland. in the winter months it is visited by hundreds of west indian manatees. manatees also known as sea cows are large marine mammals. this beautiful spring offers swimming, scuba diving, camping, and hiking trails. swimming and scuba diving is prohibited during...

  • check out the college scene

    Always interesting architecture around these schools...and if you are in your 20's...I'm sure there is other scenery of interest as well. :-)I once found one of my favorite books on Russia in the campus book store. They had a special Russian program at the time.

  • Wander the business district

    It's a town where you don't mind walking thru the business district and noticing some of the small shops and eateries. There are antique shops, flower shops, and a varied assortment of more practical things as well. Very pleasant.


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De Land Restaurants

  • Disgusting.

    The food may taste really good at Karling's but what most people don't know is that they refuse to pay their new employees for training. They say it's because you are training but really they just use you to make you scrub their cooler and whatever other crummy jobs they want to offer you when you're supposed to be waitressing. Oh yeah, they'll...

  • pancakes !

    located in the old grist mill in de leon springs state park is the old spanish mill restaurant. open for breakfast and lunch it is one of the most unique restaurants in florida. they only serve pancakes and sausages and you have to cook them yourself. each table is fitted with a hot griddle and you order pancake mix and other ingredients to custom...


    I had never been to a Moes before. It turned out to be a burrito place which is a franchise operation. Every time someone came in the door, the folks behind the counter all yelled - in unison- Welcome to Moes. Since I wasn't familiar with the place I was astonished when the people shouted "welcome to Moes at us when we came in. Bob had tacos per...

  • german/american

    the best restaurant in deland is actually 5 miles north of town in the tiny town of de leon springs. karling's inn offers excellent german and american fare at reasonable prices. the menu, and beer and wine selection rivals good restaurants in large cities. open for lunch and diner i would highly recommend this restaurant to visitors to the deland...

  • Lunch or... a beer w/ the college crowd

    Had a quick burger and iced tea. Uneventfull....and unimpressive. HOwever the stuff hanging all over the walls was sort of interesting and the waitress was a very helpful young woman. I'm sure the place is fun in the evening when the action takes place on the bar side of the restaurant.

  • A DeLand Icon

    Belly Busters is a DeLand has employed high school kids (including my brother) and students from the local college for years. It is tiny, always crowded, noisy, definitely not healthy, and probably one of the best places to eat, if you ask me. Most of their business is carry-out, and I definitely recommend you call ahead and place your...


De Land Transportation

  • Ground Transportation

    The photo illustrations the normal transportation options in DeLand. Most people travel around by car. But the Votran bus (Votran stands for Volusa Transportation) or walking is sometimes an option.There are two bus routes that go to DeLand Route 60 - Transfer Plaza to Correctional Facility/County Administration Center in DeLand. Route 20...

  • KDED DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney...

    DeLand actually does have an airport - the DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H Taylor Field which is a remnant left over from the WW II Naval Air Station training facility which was built here. The field is now part of an industrial park and appears to have instructional facilities. It also has a hanger which is the location of part of the DeLand NAS...

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De Land Shopping

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    The Family Book Shop is, in a word, huge. In fact, they're expanding into another part of their building just to hold the huge collection! According to the business card, within the shop you will find over 200,000 New & Used Books and Magazines. You want to know what else you'll find? A couple of very cozy cats, Barnes, and Noble (which I personally think is I worked for that particular company for two wonderful years). You'll also find a spirited discussion on any topic, because there is always time for a good debate. You'll find National Geographic magazines that span decades, and drawings of superheroes, proudly sketched by locals. Oh, and books, of course...but that's not really why I go there. ; )

    What to buy: If it has been published, you will find it at the Family Book Shop. They're motto is 'Second Hand Prose,' and yes, the majority of their wares is just that. Look past some of the new releases and you will find yourself...looking at the past. Literary treasures are to be found within their shelves, and Judy and Kelli are always there to help you in your search.

    Judy wanted me to get the 'good side'

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De Land Local Customs

  • Downtown Historic District

    DeLand has a historic downtown area which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida office (website below which shows a map of the district) says:"1886-1929. 86 buildings, 68 of historical interest. Masonry Vernacular predominate. The physical development of the district began in the late 1870s, but the early buildings that...

  • Residential Historic District

    In addition to the Commercial Historic District, there is a residential district which goes from North Stone St. to Woodland, and from Howry Avenue north and including the west side of Stetson University. The website says:"1884-1942. 472 buildings, 375 of historical interest. Frame Vernacular, Bungalow, and various Revival styles. District is...

  • Stetson Historic District

    The third historic district in DeLand is Stetson University. It consists of 14 buildings, 11 of historical interest built between 1884 and 1934. The architectural styles of Second Empire, Colonial and Mediterranean Revival predominate. Frame and masonry buildings associated with one of Florida's oldest institutions of higher education. Private....


De Land Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Tour Historic Downtown -110-112...

    Closest too us, 112 West Indiana Ave. is a former title insurance company. 110 West Indiana is the Federal style building which has the eagle motif over the windows. The first story was built in 1905, and the second story was added 19 years later. The original deed was recorded in 1902 by the law partnership of Cary D. Landis and Bert Fish. It is...

  • Walking Tour Historic Downtown - Athens...

    We parked the car on Florida and walked up to Woodland to take a photo of the mural on the side of the building at Woodland and Rich. We parked near this theatre at 124 North Florida. It was designed by prominent Orlando architect Murry S. King. It opened in 1922 as a vaudeville house. It has recently been under renovation by a local organization....

  • Walking Tour Historic Downtown - 200 N....

    200 N. Woodland was built as a 1.5 store building in 1892. The street level was the home of the Codrington News. In 1897, the building was raised another story and the DeLand Opera House was upstairs. It is now Paul Hunter’s Restaurant. The sidewalk signs are pointing to "Just Olde Stuff" (antiques and collectibles) and "Thomas Trains"Past the...


De Land Favorites

  • Hanger of History

    We were down in DeLand in 2005 after all the hurricanes had hit this part of Florida. We went to the NAS Museum which had WW II planes and memorabilia. I found out about it on the internetIt turned out that the museum was in 2 parts - a small building on Biscayne and a hanger building at the airport. The roof on the small building started to leak...

  • Lue Gim Gong - the Citrus Wizard

    In 1860, Lue Gim Gong was born in China. He sailed to San Francisco when he was 12 at the suggestion of his uncle who came to visit. He worked his way across the country to North Adams MA where he worked in the Sampson shoe factory. Mr. Sampson was a Stetson University benefactor. Lue Gim Gong was frail and became ill (perhaps TB) and the daughter...

  • Stetson University

    We did not visit Stetson University, but I found its history interesting.Henry DeLand founded Florida’s first private university in 1883 as the DeLand Academy. But in 1885 there was a bad freeze. Due to the fact that DeLand made good on his promise to settlers that if they didn't like the area they could sell the land back to him within the first...


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