It’s Springtime to take a break.
Right now, we could all use a break to get away and experience West Volusia County. We’ve put together some ideas to help you explore the variety of experiences and attractions you’ll find in West Volusia County. Whether you have a day to spend or a week to relax, you’ll run out of time long before you run out of things to do.
Experience Real Florida in Downtown DeLand, voted America’s BEST Mainstreet. This destination combines a sense of history with a contemporary vibe. It’s home to shops and boutiques, galleries and museums. All that plus live theatre, fabulous restaurants, microbreweries and a series of murals —including the number one selfie spot #DeLandWings — combine to create a rather delightful downtown setting.
Right now, our CoolCraft Beverage Trail is at the top of the list (and, dare we say, the coolest). From coffee and smoothies to craft beers, wines and mead, it’s time to get into the “spirit” as beverage artisans serve up their creations with special offerings and old favorites.
Take in a show at the historic Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand. From live concerts and theatrical performances to vintage and foreign films, this beautifully restored 1922 theater has been revived to its glory days when vaudeville acts reigned on the stage. The theatre serves as the home of both the Sands Theater Company and the Storybook Theater Company.
It’s Time to Hit Our Trails
Whether it’s hiking a trail, biking a path, meandering a downtown street, or taking a selfie along our “Wings of the West” mural trail, featuring six whimsical murals by artist Erica Group at some of West Volusia’s top attractions, there’s always something worth exploring.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop is a 260-mile long trail that passes through the communities of Deltona, Orange City, DeBary, DeLand, and DeLeon Springs, providing rider, walker or runners access to scenic parks and springs along the way. Moss-draped oaks line the more than 20-mile Spring-to-Spring Trail that’s ideal for hikers, bikers and runners. It’s the perfect place to see an array of wildlife, from Herons and Ospreys to Bald Eagles.
If you’re feeling a little wild, there’s always Lyonia Preserve, a 360-acre scrub habitat and Environmental Center. The preserve is home to Florida’s protected scrub jays and many other native species, all viewable along its trails. On a larger scale, the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 22,000 acres of natural marshes, swamps, creeks, hammocks and uplands. The refuge is an established migratory bird refuge.
Arts, Culture and the Rest is History
Tip your hat to John B. Stetson’s historic winter retreat as it’s recognized as the top-rated landmark attraction in all of Florida, according to Trip Advisor. Built in 1886 for famed hat maker John B. Stetson, The Stetson Mansion is known as Florida’s first luxury estate. The beautifully renovated private estate is open for tours and a remarkable festive celebration in the Christmas months. The Stetson Mansion is a must-see for anyone vacationing to Florida.
Visit living history on display at Barberville Pioneer Settlement, a non-profit historical village that offers an authentic look at the pioneer lifestyle of Central Florida. Visitors take a step back in time through hands-on experiences, living history demonstrations, preservation efforts and historical exhibits. Attractions amid the extensive grounds include the Schoolhouse Museum, the Astor Bridge Tender’s House and a Country Store.
DeBary Hall is a magnificent a 19th Century hunting estate overlooking the St. Johns River in DeBary. The historic site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is the oldest intact building in Southwest Volusia County.
More Museums to visit in West Volusia, all with stories to tell and experiences to share.
The Path to Adventure Starts Here.
Admire West Volusia’s resident Gentle-giant manatees as they float in the comfortable 72-degree waters found at the two most popular natural springs in Florida. DeLeon Springs is a favorite for swimming, snorkeling and pancake-making at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, found on-site. The beautiful Blue Spring State Park is a designated manatee refuge and winter home to hundreds of West Indian Manatee.
River Cruises and Scenic Charters are a great way to discover Florida’s only American Heritage River, the St. Johns River. Rent a houseboat for a live-aboard adventure, or jump on board for a guided tour. Paddling is also a favorite, via kayak or canoe. The scenic St. Johns River Blueways makes for an intimate encounter with natural beauty and wildlife wherever you turn.
Don’t miss out on Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe, considered the best there is by Food Network, National Geographic, Paula Deen and others.
Let the Spirit guide you at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. The community may be 125 years old, but the spirits are as vibrant as ever. Come for readings from local mediums, church services, classes or just take a walk around the camp and take in all the peaceful energy.
Take a leap at Skydive DeLand, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. Beginners can make a tandem jump attached to an experienced skydiver. Or watch the action from the observation deck or from the comfort of the Perfect Spot Restaurant and Bar.