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.
Situated along St. John's River, there's quite a few treasures at Blue Spring State Park. Swimming, diving, snorkeling, and tubing are just a few of the water activities that can be done at Blue Spring State Park. What makes this state park so unique, though, is the ability to see some manatees in their natural habitat. Before the park was established in 1970, researchers found there was only a small number of the sea cows, less than 20. But after 2018 and careful protection efforts, there are now around 485 gentle sea creatures that call Blue Spring their home. Guests can also canoe or kayak, renting these at the park if they wish, or they can take a guided river boat cruise if walking 4.5 miles on Pine Island Trail seems a bit daunting. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day at Blue Spring State Park.
Bulow Creek State Park is home to one of the largest live oak trees in the South. For over 400 years, it has stood silent to humankind's activities. There are trails where visitors can walk or run. Most often, wildlife will be near the edge of the wooded areas. Animals that are most commonly seen are white tailed deer, barred owls, and raccoons, among others. The Bulow Woods Trail is nearly seven miles long and leads the way to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic Site Park. Pavilions stand on the grounds for guests to have picnics and restroom facilities are available for those who need them.
Open to the public every day of the year, there's a lot of nature to enjoy here. De Leon Springs is a naturally round swimming area where guests are more than welcome to swim, snorkel, and scuba dive in the pretty clear waters. The springs used to power a sugar cane mill and later a grist mill that turned corn into flour during the Civil War. Now you'll find trails for hikers, walkers, and runners. Visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife and subtropical forest that is home to a large, old cypress tree. There is a boat tour that visitors can check out that take you through the De Leon Springs State Park and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and a playground for the younger kids as well as picnic pavilions and a restaurant.
If you're looking for an unforgettable natural escape, look no further! Witness the breathtaking hammocks, flatwoods, marshes, swamps, and much more as you paddle board along the blackwater creek of Haw Creek Preserve all the way to Crescent Lake. Try to spot the native wildlife on your tour, and see why anglers call the swamps a prime fishing location. You can also help employees fulfill the Florida State Parks' mission and learn about the park's fascinating history and origin during your stay, but don't forget to keep an eye out for the moss hung cypress trees. They're quite the tourist attraction.
Spanning over 1600 acres, the Hontoon Island State Park is home to all different types of Florida wildlife ranging from warblers to limpkins to kingfishers. In addition to the vast variety of wildlife the Hontoon Island State Park is a place that offers primitive camping, boating, bicycling, paddling, and more.
At North Peninsula State Park you can enjoy an afternoon at the beach, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or searching for wildlife such as sea turtles or an array of fish. Almost at 3 miles long, North Peninsula State Park offers picnic pavillians and a two mile long hike where visitors can see creatures such as indigo snakes and gopher tortoises. Whether you're looking for a nice relaxing trail, or to just bask in the sun, North Peninsula State Park is a perfect family beach spot.
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is named for Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who led the first expedition to Florida in 1513 on a quest to find the "fountain of youth.” Many come to visit the parks large natural springs, citing it as have healing and refreshing effects. The main spring, a convergence of two underground bodies of water, produces 14 million gallons of water daily and maintains a temperature of 68° year round. The park also offers two nature trails that guide visitors through a longleaf pine habitat, home to florida wildlife such as manatees, alligators, white tailed deer, otters, and bald eagles. Picnicking, swimming, and hiking are amongst the most popular activities at the park. It is also home to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill, a popular attraction to both tourists and locals, where guests buy the batter and topping to cook their own pancakes right on their dining table! De Leon Springs offers a rich history and is sure to be an amazing experience for the whole family, whether you’re from out of town or just down the road.
Step back into time at this chocolate factory! Creating sweet treats since 1925, Angell and Phelps has a variety of chocolates and other candies to choose from. Still using their old methods of making candy, guests can watch the magic happen through glass windows in the factory. They have dark, milk, and white chocolate creations, some of them even beachy themed, as well as chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, and chips. There's classic assortments and there's a create-your-own gourmet chocolate box where you get to pick what you want to take home. For non-chocolate items, the jelly beans, saltwater taffy, and peanut brittle are among the favorites! With fudge and sugar-free options as well, there's a little something here for everyone.
Serving fresh, simple, and refined Japanese dishes daily, Asahi is Orange City’s hidden sushi heaven. The family restaurant focuses on showcasing the artistry of sushi with fresh ingredients prepared with careful expertise and allows each element to shine with bold flavors and gorgeous presentation. Get your fix with any of the house sushi rolls prepared at the bar or treat yourself with a generously-packed Bento box for a savory lunch on the go. Whether you’re looking for your favorite sushi or exploring new flavors, the chefs at Asahi will have you coming back for more.
The Athens Theatre showcases the best of Central Florida’s talent. They bring their audiences a lot of fun and professional productions. They also instill a love of the theatre in youths and adults every time they open their doors.
Bad Juju Charters is a Charter fishing company located in Ormond Beach. With years of experience, Capt. Jason will put you on the fish! He grew up around the Ormond Daytona area so he knows where they are and how to catch them. All you need to bring is yourself and the attitude to fish.
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.
If you’re tired of late-night fast food fixes and are craving a bite with a little more pizzazz, head over to Byte Bistro in historic downtown Deland. This modern eatery offers unique takes on classic southern recipes that are sure to tantalize even the most refined palate. Sit back and lounge at the indoor bar or indulge in sinful crème brulee on the terrace. Kick back and enjoy the finer things with friends as you experience the best of nightlife in Deland.
If you’re looking for a thriving hotspot to grab a drink and dance the night away with local musicians and artists, look no further than Cafe DaVinci. Originally established in 1993 as a jazz club, this historic downtown Deland gem showcases an eclectic set of up-and-coming artists every Friday and Saturday night. Keep things casual as you enjoy a game of pool by the outdoor bar or get your dancing shoes on and step out onto the massive outdoor courtyard to dance your cares away.
The Cassadaga hotel is a must stay hotel within the small town of Cassadaga, Florida, for people who believe in the supernatural. Rumor has it that this ravishing hotel is haunted with many friendly spirits. The hotel has historical ties to the 19th and early 20th century, when the building that was in its place burned down prior to the hotel's construction in 1928. Little has changed in the Cassadaga hotel since its construction. The hallways and rooms have managed to keep their early 20th century glamour due to the old fashioned furniture and designs. Guests have reported capturing images of 'spirit energies' throughout the hotel, so make sure to bring a camera and take plenty of pictures in your stay!
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for everything spiritual and divine, visit the Cassadaga Psychic Shop in famously spooky Cassadaga, Florida. The shop offers clairvoyant guidance, readings, oracle readings, natal charts, sacred supplies and more to those seeking enlightenment. The psychics and mediums take appointments and walk-ins, including couples readings, and even offers phone services to curious seekers beyond Florida’s spiritual realm.
Established in 1894 by George Colby during a spirt-lead journey through Central Florida, the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is home to oldest active religious community in the southeast. The community welcomes travelers from all walks of faith and encourages spiritual enlightenment and exploration through scientific analysis of the existence of spirits. The camp follows a profound set of principles that emphasize affirmation, acceptance, and moral responsibility for the human spirit and its eternal state.
Break away from your mundane breakfast routine and dive right into the flavorful brunch dishes at Deltona’s Cocky Rooster Café. Opened in 2012 by Chef Perry Li, the café revolves every dish around a passion for great comfort food with that hometown diner feel. The café is also home to a sinfully sweet bakery with fresh pastries baked daily with care by Chef Li. With everything from classic breakfast dishes to Spanish-inspired lunch combos, the café packs a punch of flavor and variety in every dish.
Congo River Golf has 8 different locations in the state of Florida and it's so much fun here! The mini golf course is perfect for those with little kids, as well as the gemstone mining feature that sits on the grounds. But what makes this place so unique is the fact that there are live alligators here to pet and feed. Only the baby alligators can be held and pet but the bigger ones are more interesting to watch when they eat. So find a location near you to check this cool experience!
If you're a fan of old school games, this is the place to check out! They have game consoles from the 1970s until the early 2000s, so it's quite a flashback in time for those who grew up during those decades. For those who want to see what gaming was like during those years, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out. From Donkey Kong to Pac-Man to a variety of pinball machines, there's so many games to play. This is a museum where you're encouraged to play the machine! The first ever video arcade game, Computer Space, resides here too. Gamers much check out this cool museum!
There's many adventures to be had at Daytona Beach Zipline Adventures! With 8 different zipline courses, ranging from beginner to professional, visitors can fly above the beautiful greenery of Tuscawilla Park. Some courses have a height of almost 50 feet off the ground and over 500 feet in length. But it's not just ziplining that you can expect to find here. Over 40 different aerial activities are offered, so you could walk across rope bridges, ladders, tight rope cables, and a tight wire if you're brave enough.
Located on Daytona Beach, the Boardwalk is full of fun games, cool shops, and exhilarating rides that will take your breath away. The Boardwalk is sometimes known as the "Broadwalk" because of the wide width of the walkway and because it's made of cement instead of wooden boards. It includes two arcades full of games that throw out tickets to the winners so they can get prizes for their earnings. There are two small snack shops that provide your regular fair food like French fries, ice cream, burgers, and pizza. The rides include a Ferris wheel, Slingshot, Tilt-O-Whirl, Go-Carts, and a roller coaster. During the summer months, there are free concerts to enjoy at the Bandshell on the north end of the area. And it's all just steps away from the Daytona Beach, so be sure to bring your swim suit for some fun in the sand.
Opened in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway is the home of the Daytona 500, which is the most prestigious race in NASCAR history. But it's not just NASCAR that races on the grounds, it's also AMA Superbikes and Motocross, as well as a few others. The lake on the infield of the track has hosted powerboat racing in the past, so it's more than just cars here at the Daytona International Speedway. The cool thing about the racetrack is even if there is no race happening, visitors are still allowed to go in and tour the track. It's a huge area with seating for more than 100,000 fans. With multiple layouts and tracks, it's the perfect place for racers of all kinds to check out.
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.
Embark on an all inclusive inshore fishing adventure with #1 rated TripAdvisor captain Eric Greenstein. Captain Eric has been fishing the Ormond, Daytona, Tomoka area for his entire life. If he can't put you on the fish nobody else will!
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.
Ditch your runny ice cream cones and shake up some summer fun with delectable frozen goodies at Funrolls in Orange City. All your favorite flavors of ice cream and candy are scooped and shaped into a medley of fun and served up with mile-high toppings to give you an over-the-top treat that is as delectable as it is fun to eat. If the endless toppings don’t entice you, opt for a refreshing cup of Boba tea or shaved ice to join in the fun. Make Funrolls Ice Cream & Boba your new favorite place to escape the summer heat and try a new flavor today!
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.
The Marine Discovery Center is located on the Indian River Lagoon in New Smyrna Beach offering education programs, camps, dolphin tours and more. The goal of MDC is to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship.
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.
Follow the mouth-watering aroma wafting through the heart of Artisan Alley and you will find yourself at Neighbors Artisan Taqueria. The taco stand is located right outside the doors of Café DaVinci and is a weekend staple for downtown Deland locals to curb that midnight snack fix. Cooking up unique twists on the beloved street food, the taqueria offers both gluten-free and vegan options to pair perfectly with your favorite craft beer.
Pasha Middle East Café inc. is a restaurant that supports healthy living and only uses the freshest ingredients to cook with. While the cuisine itself is versatile, the café welcomes everyone to try their fresh juices and Middle Eastern dishes ranging from Vegetarian and Vegan to having meat options as well.
Persimmon Hollow is a vibrant craft brewery located in the bustling heart of historic downtown Deland’s Artisan Alley. Opened in 2014 by Deland natives Robbie Carelli and Andy Sistrunk, this dog-friendly brewery boasts an impressive tap list of local favorites brewed on site such as Beach Hippie and Daytona Dirty Blonde. Whether you’re in the mood for a cool pale ale or a rich coffee porter, Persimmon Hollow is sure to have the right brew for you.
Located in quaint downtown Deland, Pretty Little Things was founded by a mother-daughter duo with a passion for homemade, vintage home goods with a southern flare. This gorgeous shop delights customers with an array of unique gifts and finds that will fill your home with warm, vintage charm.
The Red Bug Cafe serves different styles of food from around the world, mainly from Australia and the Balkrans. It is more than just food but allows people of all cultures to enjoy the cuisine under one roof.
Rewind Arcade is one the newest attractions to downtown Deland’s nightlife scene. Rewind Arcade features classic 80’s arcade machines, new gaming consoles, drinking games, and karaoke. Visit on a decade theme night or join a trivia competition to get to know your local gamers. Win prizes, jam with live DJ’s, and let your playful side out for a perfect night of gaming.
Sharkey's Eats and Drinks is a family friendly restaurant that has various types of food and is welcoming to everyone. Sharkey's is the place to go for every occasion, while being an affordable neighborhood restaurant.
With such a unique name like Strippin' Lips, Captain Dave will give you a very unique experience for you, your friends, and family. Serving the Volusia Area for years, they will seriously put you on the fish!
Thai Kitchen is very family friendly and they strive to always make the customer happy. They have lots of options from meat to vegan. Whether it is to make a dish fully vegan, all you have to do is ask and they will gladly do it.
The mission of The Chiles Academy is to combine a community of support and guidance for pregnant and parenting students with the goal of attaining a high school diploma, which will empower them to become independent and responsible citizens.
The Peabody Auditorium is a theater that first opened in Daytona Beach in 1949. Since then, it has hosted some of the worlds most influential musicians, amazing broadway shows, and world class orchestras.
Starting from humble beginnings in the Deland Farmers Market, Trilogy has become a staple in the downtown Deland community. The coffee house offers exquisite small-batch coffees prepared with care and expertise, delivering an unparalleled coffee experience for the caffeine inclined. The company’s standard is specialty grade, manually roasted coffee that is ethically sourced and takes pride in brewing every cup from the moment it’s poured to the last drop. It’s not just another cup of coffee, it’s the cup of coffee you’ll want to start your day with.
UCF was founded in 1963, and has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation. With over 64,000 students and offering more than 200 degree programs in 13 colleges, and locations throughout Central Florida (Altamonte Springs, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Valencia West), plus online programs, UCF offers something for everyone.
The Volusia County Public Library has 13 branches. 2 are in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, DeLand, Pierson, Deltona, DeBary, Lake Helen, and Orange City each have one.
Wild Rabbit Cafe & Bistro offers a plant based menu that caters to vegans and vegetarians and meat eaters as well. The menu is always evolving and has only the best products either locally bought or organic.
Zen Bistro is a authentic Thai restaurant that has lots of cuisine options including vegan and vegetarian. The cooks use the freshest produce and finest ingredients they can find so each meal is held to the upmost highest standards.
Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat.