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Conveniently located between Orlando and Daytona Beach, the West Volusia County Region encompasses 14 distinct communities along the St. Johns River, I-4 and U.S. 17/17-92.
The area is known for its diversity of vacation experiences, including houseboating, manatee viewing and bird watching, skydiving, golfing, fishing, touring authentic Florida heritage sites and art museums, a number of family friendly activities, and endless outdoor recreation on the St. Johns River.
The Daytona and New Smyrna area beaches and Orlando theme parks are just minutes away. Whether you are looking for an affordable family vacation or you want to experience nature at its finest ; there is something for everyone. There's no need to go far because West Volusia is well within reach, but a world apart!
West Volusia’s vibrant cultural heritage takes center stage at our unique venues and intimate showplaces. The Museum of Art in DeLand boasts an awe inspiring permanent collection, as well as hosting rotating exhibits that have included John Mellancamp, Ansel Adams, Jill Cannady and other renown artists. Make sure to tour the Stetson Mansion, once the winter home of famous hat manufacturer John B. Stetson. Magnificently decorated rooms inspire pure amazement. Step back in time at the Henry DeLand House which is one of the city’s oldest buildings. The interior showcases an extensive collection of period photographs, artifacts and memorabilia.
Make sure to visit the nationally award winning Mainstreet DeLand. A popular destination for locals, day trippers and vacationers who enjoy it small town charm, historical architecture, variety of sidewalk cafes, friendly gathering places, acclaimed restaurants offering fine dining and an eclectic mix of antique stores, trendy boutiques, art galleries and specialty stores. Stroll the sidewalks and enjoy more than a dozen murals portraying scenes of the region’s early settlement.
West Volusia is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! Take a swim, paddle a canoe or explore any of the area’s scenic parks. Jump on the Spring-to-Spring Trail system and you’ll be able to enjoy a memorable run as they traverse through shaded tree canopies, open prairies, cypress swamps and magnificent vistas of pristine lakes and the St. Johns River.
During the winter months, Blue Spring State Park becomes a designated Manatee Refuge to a growing population of West Indian manatees. On a cold day, park guests may see 200-300 manatees frolicking in the spring run. While you are there, hike nearby trails and boardwalks, or take a scenic river cruise on the St. Johns River. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch or rent a kayak or segway.
At DeLeon Springs State Park, enjoy swimming in crystal clear springs as well as hiking, kayaking and wildlife viewing. Make your own pancakes at table top griddles at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant. Take a scenic river cruise or rent a kayak or paddleboat and explore on your own. DeLeon Springs backs up to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, so wildlife viewing is premium.
The St. Johns River and its tributaries offer plenty of great fishing spots year-round. Don’t be surprised to hook a 10 pound bass or fill your cooler with delicious panfish like speckled perch and bream, all while being surrounded by tranquility, abundant wildlife and unspoiled natural beauty.
Adventure awaits at Skydive DeLand! Take a leap at one of the busiest drop zones in the world. Not a pro? Don’t worry; make a tandem jump attached to an experienced skydiver, or watch the action from either the observation deck or the comfort of the Perfect Spot Restaurant.
We’re very accommodating in West Volusia! Around here, you have many choices when it’s time to call it a night. From flagship chain hotels, charming bed-and-breakfast inns, country cabins and campgrounds, to riverfront fish camps and marinas, our welcome sign is always on.