DeLand is a country oasis tucked between Orlando and Daytona Beach, with towering trees, natural springs, and most of the amenities of a much larger city. Steeped in history, it is the Volusia County seat, and home to Stetson University (Florida's oldest private college), Florida Technical College and Daytona State College. It is also home to the Museum of Florida Art and West Volusia Historical Society and Museum. It hosts the annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, a 2-day event in historic downtown that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The downtown DeLand Historic District features Mediterranean Revival architecture and many historic 19th century buildings. Adjacent to that is the Garden District, restored in 2001 by California artist and filmmaker, Michael Arth. This restoration became the core of a neighborhood revival, and was the basis for a feature length film called New Urban Cowboy: Toward a New Pedestrianism. This film appeared in 7 film festivals and received the Audience Choice Award at the Real to Reel International Film Festival in 2008. DeLand has been the location for many movies and documentaries, with Michael Arth as the town's most notable filmmaker.
DeLand retains its quiet country ambiance, yet Amtrak trains with service between New York City and Miami, or airline service from nearby Daytona Beach International Airport, Orlando International Airport, or Orlando Sanford International Airport puts the town easily within reach of larger municipalities. DeLand Municipal Airport serves as a general aviation reliever airport to the nearby commercial airports. It also serves the popular sport of skydiving in DeLand, known as the "skydiving capital of the world."
DeLand is also home to the Volusia County Fair and Expo Center, as well as sports stadiums for football, baseball and soccer. It is a town with many facets, and a jewel in the heart of Florida.