DeLand and Volusia County sit atop the Floridan Aquifer, a vast and fragile reservoir of fresh water that underlies the entire state. This makes the area a unique environment.
DeLand is the hub for a region of extraordinary aquatic diversity that includes three first-magnitude springs, the “black” waters of the richly historic St. Johns River, the second largest lake in Florida, and the most biodiverse estuary in North America. Within twenty-five minutes you will go from extensive marshlands to a broad expanse of undeveloped Atlantic Ocean beach. This makes for exciting discoveries in natural habitats—bears, reptiles, fish and birds. The area’s robust system of hiking and bike trails connects many of these areas and opens up natural wonders for you to discover including one of America’s best lakes for rowing, Lake Beresford. Add to that an reimagined playground built by community volunteers for children of all ages and abilities, a center-piece midtown park with tennis courts, skateboard park, amphitheater, fountains, and dog park, top-notch golf courses, and world-class skydiving. DeLand won’t disappoint.