Conveniently located between Orlando and Daytona Beach, the West Volusia Region encompasses 14 distinct communities along the St. Johns River, I-4 and U.S. 17/17-92. A variety of unique accommodations and an eclectic mix of attractions, restaurants, shops and boutiques make this a popular spot for visitors from all over the world. 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 enjoying 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 it’s finest ; there is something for everyone. There’s no need to go far because West Volusia is well within reach, but a world apart!
Step back in time at DeBary Hall Historic Site in DeBary. Originally the 1871 hunting estate of New York wine importer Frederick deBary, this magnificent historic house has been beautifully resorted to it’s early glory with period furnishings, award-winning exhibits and interactive programs. The city of DeBary is situated in the southwest portion of Volusia County. Nearby Gemini Springs Park offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities centered around the twin natural springs. Both locations also serve as trailheads for the popular multi-use Spring to Spring Trail. A full spectrum of arts exhibitions and performances are offered at the Gateway Center for the Arts.
Orange City, is home to one of Florida most popular state parks, Blue Spring State Park. During the winter months, the park is known as a designated Manatee Refuge and home to an increasing population of West Indian Manatees. Blue Spring State Park can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers. The park is also a great spot for picnics, hiking and nature walks, kayaking and canoeing and an award winning narrated river cruise.
When Henry A. DeLand laid the foundation for the city that would bear his name, he envisioned a center of culture, education and beauty like the Athens of ancient Greece. DeLand, the Athens of Florida, is the cultural and educational hub of the greater West Volusia region. Home to Stetson University and the Museum of Art, the city provides a full slate of cultural offerings. DeLand’s national award-winning Main Street DeLand features an eclectic mix of boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and gift shops. The city is bordered to the west by the historic St. Johns River, designated an American Heritage River. Downtown DeLand hosts festivals and parades throughout the year, which attracts thousands of visitors each time. This downtown destination remains historic and thrives because of the small town charm.
Here are some other places to see and activities to do during your visit to West Volusia County:
St. Johns River
Discover fascinating wildlife around every bend on the majestic St. Johns, an American Heritage River.
River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway
Explore the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway, which leads you down country roads and through natural landscapes.
DeBary Hall Historic Site
DeBary Hall Historic Site is a convenient trailhead for our popular multi-use trails.
Spring to Spring Trail
Hike, bike, skate and stroll along 15 miles of trails that meander through lush scenery between the different communities.
Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Learning Center
Florida Scrub Jays are friendly and love to entertain the tourists at Lyonia Environmental Center and Preserve in Deltona.
St. Johns River
You don’t have to be a pro to catch trophy size bass and delicious pan fish year round on the St. Johns River.
Celebrate Florida’s heritage and folk culture at the Pioneer Settlement in Barberville.