Spirits and Springs in DeLand
Tucked between Orlando and Daytona, this pleasant community is both home to Stetson University and an authentic Florida town. Spend a day walking among the shops and galleries, and then plan another day exploring nearby sites. VisitWestVolusia.com
Jump from the skies: Skydive DeLand is one of the busiest drop zones in the world, perfect for a tandem _ first-time skydive. SkydiveDeland.com
Angel wings: Something as simple as an alley mural has become the city’s must-stop spot. Bring your camera to Pill Alley, and fly with the angels.
Mead – the old brew is new again: Everyone has a brewery these days, but DeLand also has the Abbey, a meadery that features this ancient brew made from honey. Are hops more your style? There are plenty of craft brews here to slake that thirst, too. OddElixir.com
A spirited spot: Our nation’s oldest and largest spiritualist community, Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, is just south of town. Schedule a session with a medium or a healer, join a séance at the hotel, or even open yourself to communing with someone “on the other side.” It’s all here. Cassadaga.org
Springs and more springs: Fresh spring water bubbles up all around town, and parks preserve the gin-clear water. At Blue Springs, crowds come during cooler months to the cypress-lined pools to see manatees. At DeLeon Springs, visitors flock to a cook-them-yourself pancake house inside a century-old gristmill and then go for a swim.