City of DeLand, Florida

With its vast population of persimmon trees that grow around the natural springs, this city was once known and Persimmon Hollow. Henry Addison DeLand, a baking soda merchant from New York, visited there in 1876. He imagine building a citrus, agricultural, and tourism center and purchased land there that same year. He built a public school and established DeLand Academy, Florida's first private college. During Florida’s Land Boom in the 1920s, DeLand's streets became lined with buildings in the stucco Mediterranean Revival style of architecture, many of which have been generously restored.

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. 

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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.

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.

Business Management Consultation, Inventory Management, Working Capital Loans, Asset Tracking, Quality Assurance Auditing and Surplus Inventory Liquidation Services

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.

“Drink Sensibly, But Get Weird”

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.

Our mission is to empower each student to achieve academic and moral excellence in a faith-filled environment based on God's Word.

Stetson University is a small private college with its main campus in DeLand. It was founded in 1883 and has since been consistently ranked as one of the best colleges in the country.

This bookstore has been supporting and promoting local in DeLand since 1980. Lots of different kinds of books can be found here including antiquarian books dating back to the 1700′s.

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.