* Woodland Plaza
* Woodland Plaza
* West Volusia Regional Shopping Center
* West Volusia Regional Shopping Center
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DeLand is the county seat of Volusia County, Florida.
In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated DeLand's population to be 24,375. It is part of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 436,575 in 2006.
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 Mad Hatters.
DeLand grew during the 1920s Florida Land Boom. The Downtown DeLand Historic District has been undergoing extensive renovations recently.
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)
- Sanford Orlando International Airport (SFB)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
The DeLand AMTRAK train station
Amtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford, a few miles southwest of DeLand. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into DeLand after departing from the Auto Train.
Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being just west of the city. This stop is remote and will require taxicab service to get into town.
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.
- Deland Taxi, 236 S Alabama Ave. +1 386 734-8484.
Founded 1883, Florida's first private university is a beautiful campus with historic buildings and a reputation for academic excellence Stetson University
- Bob Stonewater Bass Fishing Guide Service, +1 800 835-2851, . Captain Bob Stonewater offers fishing guide service on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Bill Flowers Guide Service, +1 386 734-5211. Captain Bill Flowers offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Jeff Duval Guide Service, +1 386 789-3914. Captain Jeff Duval offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Larry Blakeslee Guide Service, +1 386 736-9151. Captain Larry Blakeslee offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Red Flowers Guide Service, +1 386 734-6656. Captain Red Flowers offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Smith's Black Bass Guide Service, +1 386 738-1836, . Captain Mark Smith offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Captain Steve's Central Florida Guide Service, +1 386 846-2861, . Captain Steve Niemoeller offers fishing guide services on the St. Johns River in the DeLand area.
- Fishing Unlimited Charter Service, +1 352 759-2446, . Captain Roger Dillon offers fishing charter services on the St. Johns River in the Astor/Volusia area.
- Southridge Golf Course, 800 E Euclid Ave. +1 386 736-0560. 18 holes, over 6,296 yards with a par of 72 (Public).
- Deland Country Club, 2289A Country Club Drive. +1 386 734-1363. 18 holes, over 6,032 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity).
- Victoria Hills Golf Club, 300 Spalding Way. (866) 295-4385. 18 holes, over 6,989 yards with a par of 72 (Public).
- Skydive DeLand, DeLand Airport, 1600 Flightline Blvd., ☎ +1 386 738-3539, . 13,500 ft./$23; 5,000 ft./$17.
- Brandywine Shopping Center
- DeLand Flea Market
- DeLand Plaza Shopping Center
- Millers Market Square
- Woodland Plaza
- West Volusia Regional Shopping Center
- Northgate Shopping Center, 101 E International Speedway Blvd., . Northgate Shopping Center is a 178,474 sq. ft. open air mall, with a mix of national, regional, and local retailers, anchored by Publix and Kmart.
- Belly Busters Restaurant, 930 N Woodland Boulevard, (386) 734-1611. Greek cuisine and sandwiches.
- Cress Restaurant, 103 W. Indiana Ave., ☎ 386-734-3740, . 12-2, 5-10. Indian Cuisine. 30+.
- Deland Artisan Inn, 215 S Woodland Blvd. (at Howry Av.), (386) 736-3484. . Restaurant and lounge with full wine and Champagne list.
- Giovannis La Dolce Vita, 1498 South Woodland Boulevard, (386) 736-3155.  Italian cuisine. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
- Santorini Restaurant, 210 N Woodland Boulevard, (386) 736-7726. Greek cuisine.
- Doc's Place Restaurant and Sports Bar, I-4 and New York Ave., (386) 822-4362. Located inside Howard Johnson Inn.
- Holiday Inn DeLand, 350 E. International Speedway Blvd. 1-877-508-1762. On-site amenities include restaurant, lounge, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Bar On Site.
- Howard Johnson Inn DeLand, 2801 East New York Ave. 1-386-736-3440. 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. 1-386-734-5711.
- Comfort Inn De Land, 400 E. International Speedway Blvd. 1-386-736-3100. Offering 24 hour front desk, breakfast, disabled access, non-smoking rooms, a pool, refrigerator, cable tv and more.
The city is situated midway between two first magnitude 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 is probably the best place to see manatees in all of Florida, during cold weather.
- Seven miles to the west, yet another state park is actually an island accessible only by passenger ferry, Hontoon Island.
- Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
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