Volusia County is located in Central East Florida bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Brevard, Seminole, Lake, Putnam, Marion and Flagler Counties.
Volusia County was established from a portion of Mosquito (Orange) County in 1854 and named for a landing called "Volusia" near Lake George on the St. Johns River. The origin of the name is unknown, but may be from a Frenchman or Belgian named "Veluche."
The Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is home to an historic 19th century plantation that once flourished from 1816 to 1836 until it was burned in the Seminole wars. The Addison Blockhouse lies on the west side of the Tomoka River and is one of the most worthwhile sights in Volusia County.
Motorcycle enthusiasts converge on Daytona Beach every year for Biketoberfest to enjoy the beautiful weather, live music, live racing at Daytona International Speedway's motorcycle races, and lots of great company!
Blues fans unite for this three day festival is held the weekend before Columbus Day at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach. Come out for nationally known and emerging blues artists and enjoy the festivities.
Location: Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
This highly regarded art festival brings over 200 artists from all over the country together to showcase tons of amazing artwork. Here you will also find live music and hands on art projects to help you really get involved.
Location: Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Marine Discovery Center's annual fundraiser has fun for the whole family. It's a celebration of the Indian River Lagoon that includes an array of activities such as kayaking, archery, face painting, arts & crafts, a live mermaid, a cardboard boat race, local vendors, food trucks, beer, games, live music, and much more.
This festival specializes in showcasing students of all ages who play jazz music. It helps raise money for summer music camp scholarships for Atlantic High School and Spruce Creek High School music students.
Marine Science Center is located in Volusia County and offers an experience into Florida's marine environments with a hands on touch tank and more. The main goals of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation and seabird rehabilitation. The center includes educational activites and programs.
Bethune-Cookman University is a historically black college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is in Daytona Beach and offers many undergraduate and a few graduate programs in several fields.
The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world's largest fully accredited university that specializes in aviation and aerospace. It has two campuses in Prescott, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona Beach campus offers about 30 majors in addition to it's most well-known Aeronautical programs.
Florida Technical College is a two-year college with degree programs in healthcare, food and beverage, beauty, and criminal justice. It has locations in DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.
Hometown News Volusia County provides five editions for the Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Port Orange-South Daytona, Southeast Volusia, Northwest Volusia and Southwest Volusia areas featuring stories of triumphs, generosity, perseverance and uniqueness of Volusia residents as well as detailed reports on business, crime and events.