Centrally located between Orlando and Daytona Beach, St. Johns River Country encompasses 14 distinct communities along the St. Johns River, each thriving with historical, cultural and natural charm.
DeLand, known as the ‘Athens of Florida’, serves as the county’s epicenter of cultural, educational and historical treasures. It is home to Stetson University, the DeLand Museum of Art, Cultural Arts Center and the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
African-American Museum of Art
The African-American Museum of Art and the 1920 DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum, which was a working hospital until 1948, are also popular stops. For some aviation history, the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum serves as a tribute to all military wars and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1928 Volusia County Courthouse, with its marble rotunda, art glass dome and murals, and the 1921 Italian Renaissance-style Athens Theater are marvels to visitors as well.
Main Street DeLand
Main Street DeLand, a revitalized downtown district, offers many unique shops, art galleries and sidewalk cafes and restaurants.
St. Johns River Country
Anglers from around the world visit St. Johns River Country for its trophy black bass fishing. Abundant freshwater fish are found in the area’s lakes, springs, and, of course, in the mighty St. Johns River, including crappie, blue gill, shell cracker, catfish and the ever-popular bass. Several State Parks offer boat slips, and area marinas offer boat rentals, guided fishing trips and the necessities for a day’s excursion on the water with tackle, rods, reels and licenses available.
DeBary, DeLand, Deltona and Orange City are home to some of the most pristine golf courses in Central Florida. Designed by golf’s finest architects, St. Johns River Country courses offer rolling hills, lush fairways and an abundance of trees, not to mention the pristine lakes that serve as water hazards.