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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.