Today, Volusia County’s government activity revolves around DeLand. A busy commercial hub blends into the quiet southern gentility of the beautiful Stetson campus and adjacent neighborhoods. The downtown, recently renewed, reflects the pride local folks feel in their community. All the cultural benefits of a university community cannot overshadow the natural beauty of the riverside and lakeside areas. Diversity and excitement drives DeLand from international skydiving competitions at the airport to the winter quarters of a major circus (Clyde Beatty / Cole Bros.) to a first class gem museum to live theater and concerts or first class medical facilities.
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The natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities in the DeLand-West Volusia Area are unsurpassed. Outdoor enthusiasts around the nation and the world come here for hunting and great fishing in freshwater lakes and the famed St. Johns River. Non-anglers enjoy boating, water skiing, golf, tennis, scuba diving, skydiving, bird-watching and other popular outdoor activities. Take a leisurely stroll around small town shopping districts, modern shopping centers or the DeLand Farmers’ Market, held each Wednesday morning.
At DeLeon Springs State Park, just north of DeLand at the community of DeLeon Springs, retrace the route taken by Spanish explorer Ponce DeLeon when he discovered what he believed to be the legendary Fountain of Youth. Here, too, you will find ancient cypress and oak trees, native birds, Indian burial grounds, and an old Spanish sugar mill which has been converted into a most unusual restaurant where you may cook delicious pancakes on a griddle built right into your table. A natural spring swimming area, picnic grounds, fishing, rental canoes and paddle boats are also available.