Known as the Athens of Central Florida, DeLand, FL is about 34 miles away from Orlando. This beautiful city is full of history, charm and cute shops.
Aside from being a charming, historical city, DeLand has also been a filming location for various movies, such as the 1998 film, The Waterboy.
For those looking to get away from the theme parks and looking for a bit more of a small town feel, DeLand, FL, is the perfect city to visit.
The Best Things to do in DeLand, FL
There’s plenty to do in DeLand, but there are a few things that stick out more than the others. So while I enjoyed every activity I did in DeLand, these are some of the best things to do in this beautiful city, which are mostly in the Downtown area.
1. Athens Theatre
When I first saw this theatre, it was love at first sight. This circa-1921 venue is home to theater companies and also features concerts and films. It’s a beautiful theatre that sticks out from all the other buildings due to the wonderful architecture.
2. Museum of Art – DeLand Downtown
There’s two Museum of Art locations – one in downtown and the other is closer to Stetson University. The one in downtown is quite charming and has some great exhibits. They also have a cute museum store as well
The general admission is $5 and the cost of a single ticket provides admission to each location.
3. Stetson Mansion
The Stetson Mansion is the largest, most innovative home ever built in Florida before the 1900’s. They have several different tours that occur during different months. They have their Christmas tour, which begins November and then their past and present tours.
The tour cost varies on which one you go with, but it’s roughly around $22 per adult.
4. Boston Coffeehouse
This is such a good place for coffee and sandwiches. They also have breakfast items and desserts.
5. Spec Martin Municipal Stadium
Remember that I mentioned The Waterboy was filmed in DeLand? Well this is the stadium they used! It may look small from the outside, but the stadium is quite large once you get a closer look.
6. Volusia County Court House
I am all about architecture. I appreciate buildings that look nothing like the rest, which is why the court house is one of my favorite places to check out. Aside from the architecture, I like the fact that right next to it is the Chess Park.
7. Chess Park
This beautiful, peaceful park might be small, but it’s a great area to relax. It also used to have chess tables, but the last time I was there, I did not see any. Right near this area is also a mural by Jill Cannady.
8. Pretty Little Things of DeLand
DeLand downtown has plenty of stores, but one store that sticks out the most is Pretty Little Things of DeLand.This store is quirky and has items I had never seen in other stores. They also have some awesome jewelry, which is another reason why I like this store so much.
9. Orchid Rain
Orchid Rain is a clothing store with unique style. The clothing mostly reminds me of the 70’s with a groovy vibe in each piece. I love the uniqueness of the store and it’s definitely worth the stop.
10. Pat & Toni’s Sweet Things
Last, but not least. This place is a must stop. If you do not try Pat & Toni’s Sweet Things, were you ever in DeLand? This is the Willy Wonka of DeLand! Not only do they have a variety of sweets, but they also have some delightful shakes. You’ll find all sorts of sweets in this place.
DeLand, FL is a beautiful city full of history and charm. So if you’re ever in Florida looking for a new place to visit, be sure to visit DeLand.
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