The city is named for Henry A. DeLand. It was founded in 1876, and incorporated in 1882. In 1883, Henry A. DeLand established DeLand Academy. Later, DeLand entrusted the academy to his friend John B. Stetson, a wealthy hat manufacturer from Philadelphia and a founding trustee. In 1889, it was renamed John B. Stetson University after its new patron. The name was later shortened to Stetson University, and in 1900 it became the first law school in Florida. The university's sports teams are called the Hatters.
DeLand grew during the 1920s Florida Land Boom.
DeLand has a warm and humid subtropical climate, and there are two major seasons each year. One of those seasons is hot and rainy, lasting from May until October (roughly coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season). The other is a cooler season (November through March) that brings more moderate temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The area's warm and humid climate is caused primarily by its low elevation and its position relatively close to the Tropic of Cancer, and much of its weather is affected by the movement of the Gulf Stream.
Nearby international airports include:
- Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB IATA)
- Sanford Orlando International Airport (SFB IATA)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO IATA)
DeLand has an Amtrak station that provides service to other destinations such as Miami, but also connects to other points as far north as New York City via the Silver Star and Silver Meteor lines. Journey times are about 23 hours from New York and five hours from Miami. While trains are comfortable and includes both seating and sleeper options, delays are quite common.
Also, nearby Sanford is the southern terminus of the Auto Train which carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Orlando to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The train runs daily with no intermediate stops and takes 17½ hours one way.
- 1 DeLand Railway Station (Amtrak Silver Silvar & Silver Meteor), 2491 Old New York Ave. Same station/cross platform transfers with SunRail are only in Winter Park, Orlando Health and Kissimmee.
- 2 Sanford Auto Train Station (Amtrak Auto Train), 600 S Persimmon, Sanford FL. Separate station for the Auto Train to load and unload vehicles and passengers.
- 3 DeBary SunRail Station (SunRail), Charles Richard Beall Blvd and Ft Florida Rd, Deltona Fl. Northernmost SunRail Station and nearest to DeLand and Deltona. It's connected to DeLand by Voltrans #31 bus. NO cross platform connections to Amtrak trains at this station. Same station/cross platform transfers with Amtrak are only in Winter Park, Orlando Health and Kissimmee.
- 4 VOTRAN (Volusia County Transit), (bus stop) Amelia Super Stop (Along Amelia Ave between International Speedway Blvd (US Hwy 92) and Old Daytona Rd, next to Publix Food & Pharmacy.), ☏ . VOTRAN is the name of the Volusia County bus service, which connects DeLand to Daytona Beach, Debary SunRail Station (to Orlando) and Seville (to north). It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. Nearest connections to Greyhound and other intercity buses are in Orlando and Daytona Beach: $1.75 for One-Way Fare, $3.75 for Day Pass.
- Rt 20 DeLand - Deltona on US Hwy 17/92
- Rt 24 DeLand - Seville via Spring Garden & DeLeon Springs on US Hwy 17
- Rt 31 to Debary SunRail Station where passengers continue to Orlando by train.
- Rt 60 DeLand - Daytona Beach via US Hwy 92
All buses make additional local stops in town. The 5 DeLand Intermodal Transit Facility (bus station) on Woodland Blvd & Euclid, south of downtown, is served only by Rt 20 & 31.
Highway travel is the most common method of arriving in DeLand. Interstate 4 (I-4) begins about 20 miles away in nearby Daytona Beach, and passes near DeLand. U.S. Highway 92 also begins near Daytona Beach and is known in both places as "International Speedway Boulevard" because it passes in front of that raceway. U.S. 92 meets U.S. 17 coming in from Jacksonville 90 miles to the north, and the two highways become one, and is known as "17/92" as it travels through Orlando 40 miles south, to Haines City, where they again split into two highways. Florida Highway 44 crosses I-4 five miles east of DeLand, and crosses 17/92 in the center of historic downtown DeLand. To further confuse travelers, 17/92 is known as Woodland Boulevard (or simply "The Boulevard," being the only boulevard in DeLand), and Florida Highway 44 is known as "New York Avenue," as the streets were known well before the advent of the U.S. and Florida Highway systems.
- VOTRAN is the name of the local Volusia County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. Service is offered in DeLand roughly M-Sa, 7AM-7PM. A one-day Votran bus pass costs $3.75.
- Deland Taxi, 236 S Alabama Ave. ☏ .
Downtown DeLand includes some restaurants, cafes, and shops south of Stetson University.
- 1 DeLand House Museum, 137 West Michigan Ave.
- 2 Hontoon Island (Hontoon Island State Park), River Ridge Road. A state park in the Saint John's River west of DeLand.
- 3 Stetson University. This was Florida's first private university and was founded in 1883. It has a beautiful campus with historic buildings.
- Bob Stonewater Bass Fishing Guide Service, toll-free: . Captain Bob Stonewater offers fishing guide service on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Bill Flowers Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Bill Flowers offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Jeff Duval Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Jeff Duval offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Larry Blakeslee Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Larry Blakeslee offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Red Flowers Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Red Flowers offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Smith's Black Bass Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Mark Smith offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Steve's Central Florida Guide Service, ☏ . Captain Steve Niemoeller offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- [dead link] Fishing Unlimited Charter Service, ☏ . Captain Roger Dillon offers fishing charter services on the St. Johns River in the Astor/Volusia area.
- Southridge Golf Course, 800 E Euclid Ave, ☏ . 18 holes, over 6,296 yards with a par of 72 (Public).
- Deland Country Club, 2289A Country Club Drive, ☏ . 18 holes, over 6,032 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity).
- 1 Victoria Hills Golf Club, 300 Spalding Way, toll-free: . 18 holes, over 6,989 yards with a par of 72 (Public).
- Skydive DeLand, DeLand Airport, 1600 Flightline Blvd, ☏ . Tandem 14,000 ft/$179.
- Brandywine Shopping Center.
- DeLand Flea Market.
- DeLand Plaza Shopping Center.
- Millers Market Square.
- Northgate Shopping Center.
- Woodland Plaza.
- West Volusia Regional Shopping Center.
- Belly Busters Restaurant, 930 N Woodland Boulevard, ☏ . Greek cuisine and sandwiches.
- Cress Restaurant, 103 W. Indiana Ave., ☏ . Daily noon-2PM, 5-10PM. Indian cuisine. From $30.
- Deland Artisan Inn, 215 S Woodland Blvd (at Howry Av.), ☏ . Restaurant and lounge with full wine and Champagne list.
- [formerly dead link] Giovannis La Dolce Vita, 1498 South Woodland Boulevard, ☏ . Italian cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner.
- Santorini Restaurant, 210 N Woodland Boulevard, ☏ . Greek cuisine.
- Doc's Place Restaurant and Sports Bar, 4 and New York Ave, ☏ . In the Howard Johnson Inn.
- Holiday Inn DeLand, 350 E. International Speedway Blvd, toll-free: . On-site amenities include restaurant, lounge, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Bar on site.
- Howard Johnson Inn DeLand, 2801 East New York Ave, ☏ . Offering 24-hour front desk, breakfast, non-smoking rooms, a pool, meeting and banquet facilities, cable tv and more.
- Best Inn DeLand, 644 North Woodland Blvd, ☏ .
- Comfort Inn De Land, 400 E. International Speedway Blvd, ☏ . Offering 24-hour front desk, breakfast, disabled access, non-smoking rooms, a pool, refrigerator, cable tv and more.
The city is midway between two largest springs in state park settings, part of the Florida Aquifer.
- Seven miles to the north, DeLeon Springs is set in a pool environment, leading to Lake Woodruff Wildlife Preserve
- Seven miles south, Blue Spring State Park is probably the best place to see manatees in all of Florida, during cold weather.
- Seven miles to the west, a state park which is an island accessible only by passenger ferry, Hontoon Island.
- Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
|Routes through DeLand|
|Savannah ← Palatka ←||N S||→ Winter Park → Orlando|
|Orlando ← Cassadaga ←||W E||→ Daytona Beach → END|
|Jacksonville ← DeLeon Springs ←||N S||→ Orange City → Orlando|
|Orlando ← Orange City ←||W E||→ Daytona Beach → END|