DeLand, FL, USA

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DeLand, FL, USA

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Soak up the warmth of the Sunshine State

Anchored by the stately Greco-Roman buildings of the Stetson University campus, unique DeLand offers an intriguing mix of historic buildings clustered among vibrant waterfront parks and wildlife refuges. Nicknamed the Athens of Florida for its range of cultural opportunities, the town is equally a haven of outdoor enthusiasts looking to soak up the warm weather. A DeLand vacation rental is also a perfect home base for exploring some of central Florida's finest attractions, from Daytona to Orlando. And if you're brave enough, you'll never have more opportunities to skydive.

Welcome to the skydiving capital of the world

If you've ever wanted to jump out of a plane, you're in luck. Most of the companies in the skydiving industry proudly call DeLand home. If staying on solid ground is more your style, there are plenty of chances to cheer on the hometown team at Stetson University. Take to the waters in a canoe or kayak on Spring Garden Run to spot the birds and wildlife of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. For top-notch swimming, diving, and snorkeling, head to the crystal clear waters of the lakes in Ocala National Forest.

Nineteenth-century charm in a modern-day playground

Running through the heart of DeLand, Woodland Boulevard forms the Downtown DeLand Historic District, peppered with intriguing 19th-century buildings. Art lovers won't want to miss the exhibits at the Museum of Art _ DeLand. Venture a bit further afield to find the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the adrenaline-pumping action of the Daytona International Speedway. Whether you're young or just young at heart, no visit to central Florida would be complete without a trip to the many amusement parks in the Orlando area. Take your pick of Disney, Universal, or SeaWorld, all about an hour away.

Leave all thoughts of snow behind

If winter's not your jam, a DeLand vacation rental might just be the perfect place for you. You'll never have to worry about seeing the white stuff, though you may still want a light sweater if you get cold easily and you're heading there in the winter months of December to February. Highs even then will still likely be in the 70s, though nights are occasionally cool. Summers are hot and steamy, with the mercury rising well into the 90s from June to September. That's also when you should expect to see passing daily rainstorms (the perfect excuse for vacation napping).

The waters spring to life in Central Florida

Plenty of green space lines the banks of DeLand's St. Johns River, making it the epicenter of outdoor activity in the area. There are several natural springs where you can beat the summer heat, shaded by the wild persimmon trees growing on their shores. The pine scrub groves of the Ocala National Forest are home to countless lakes, rivers, and streams, where it's warm enough to swim year round. If you're out exploring the wilderness, be on the lookout for the Florida black bears that roam the region.