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One of the Most Charming Downtowns in Florida

Downtown Deland Historic District, One of the most Charming Downtowns in Florida

It’s picturesque and an Award Winning Florida Main Street containing more than 60 historic buildings. Named the Best Downtown in the Nation in 2017, there’s a reason why one visit to this charming little town in Florida is not enough!

One of the most charming downtowns in Florida, Deland has all the charm, the great dining, and artsy vibes. And believe it or not, there’s plenty of geocaches for some super fun Geocaching adventures.

Most of the shops and businesses are located right within the heart of the Downtown at Woodland Blvd and you’ll also see some amazing mural arts all through Downtown. Deland is also home to Florida’s First Private University, Stetson University, which I’ve read holds many of Historic Landmarks.

We haven’t yet visited Stetson, but we plan to. It’s also a bit curious the amount of foot traffic that’s always present in this town. Obviously, it’s not ‘International Drive’ kind of traffic, but it’s really a place a lot of people enjoy going to. Above all, as charming and historic as it is, at a short drive from Orlando, Deland is definitely worth a visit.

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What not to Miss on Your Short Trip to Deland

Although we’ve visited Downtown Deland more than a couple of times, it’s usually been a half-day visit or less. However, don’t let this fool you! This is plenty of time to explore and enjoy some of Deland’s historic charm. On your next visit to Deland, you have to add these on your list of things to do!

Cafe Da Vinci

Beautiful and colorful courtyard with string lights, live music, and plenty of picture-perfect spots!

cafe da vinci at downtown deland historic district next stop adventures

cafe da vinci in downtown deland historic district next stop adventures

Athens Theatre

It’s one of the few classic American theatres left in Florida, opened in 1922, and still shines with Hollywood Glam!

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Walk Around an Award Winning Main Street

It’s not every day that you get to walk around an award-winning downtown, and one of the most charming downtowns in Florida!

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award winning main street in downtown deland historic district next stop adventures

Go Geocaching

Believe when I say there’s plenty of geocaches around!

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Deland Wings

The best thing about these beautiful #delandwings is the alley where they’re at! Different vibes to make your visit a lot more charming.

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Mural Arts

There are many beautiful murals in Deland, but I somehow find this artsy mural for the Artisan Alley Farmers Market to be all kinds of cute!

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Artisan Alley

We’re art lovers. We can’t help it! The Artisan Alley at Downtown Deland is for everyone to enjoy. Every Friday, from 6 pm to 9 pm, this alley turns to a vibrant marketplace with over 40 different vendors.

artisan alley at downtown deland historic district next stop adventures

artisan alley at downtown deland historic district next stop adventures

Plan your visit

Artisan Alley Farmers Market: Every Friday, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

4th Friday Bike Ride: Every Friday, from 6 pm to 7 pm, starting at the Chamber Offices

Deland Classic Car Cruise-In: 3rd Saturday of every month, from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Wine, Women & Chocolate: 2nd Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

For updates on the events, feel free to visit the Deland Main Street Website.

 

Location to Downtown Deland Historic District 

Downtown Deland is located North of Orlando, at just a 1-hour drive.

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Hi there! I'm Yanitza Ninett. I'm the mom, the wife, the stepmom, and creator of Next Stop Adventures. This is a blog about our adventures and travels, as a blended family of six! I love nature, sunny days, and I love to travel and capture life with my lens.

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