Top 10 Things to do Good for Kids in DeLand, Florida (FL)

October 14, 2021 Jasper Kershner

DeLand is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Volusia County. The city sits approximately 34 miles (55 km) north of the central business district of Orlando, and approximately 23 miles (37 km) west of the central business district of Daytona Beach. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 27,031. It is a part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, which was home to 590,289 people as of the 2010 census.
Restaurants in DeLand

1. Airboat and Gator Charters

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5.0 based on 120 reviews

Airboat and Gator Charters

Airboat and Gator Charters offers Year-Round, Private Airboat Tours just outside of Daytona Beach, Florida on tributaries of the St.John's River. Launching from Deleon Springs, Florida. Passengers should expect to see a vast array of Florida's wildlife, including alligators, manatees and bald eagles. All tours and charters require a reservation. Also offering Public water alligator hunts and bowfishing charters.

2. Blue Heron River Tours

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5.0 based on 453 reviews

Blue Heron River Tours

We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of St. John’s marina and KOA in deland Florida

3. Reptile Discovery Center

2710 Big John Dr, DeLand, FL 32724-4000 +1 386-740-9143 http://www.reptilediscoverycenter.com
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Reptile Discovery Center

Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

Reviewed By E8097OCjamesc - DeLand, United States

Been here a few times. Small, but very cool. Awesome exhibit to walk through inside as well as doing the snake venom extraction. Very intense and fun, but safe. They also bring out different reptiles for the kids and adults to touch and hold. Another little hidden gem in Deland that people have to check out with the kiddos

4. Tiny Houseboat Adventures

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5.0 based on 84 reviews

Tiny Houseboat Adventures

Tiny Houseboat Adventures offers a unique way to experience the St. Johns River in Central Florida while Exploring natural Florida. On board you’ll find all the comforts of a small cabin including, a well equipped kitchenette, dining table & bench which convert into beds, & private toilet room. We offer an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with nature.

5. Barkley Square Dog Park

1010 N Ridgewood Ave, DeLand, FL 32720-2423 http://volusia.org/parks/barkley.htm
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Barkley Square Dog Park

Reviewed By Lanceswifealway - DeLand, United States

We just got a puppy and have been taking him to Barkley. It is clean and spacious. A lot better than some of the dog parks I have been too. Recommend. Wish the dog bath would work though. It's been broken for a long time. There are thefts. Don't bring anything of value.

6. Captain Jed’s Airboats

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Captain Jed’s Airboats

We offer Airboat Rides along the backwaters of the St Johns River. Typically we see alligators, manatees and an assortment of wild birds including, Egrets, Herons and sometimes Bald Eagles.

7. St. Johns River Heritage River Tours

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St. Johns River Heritage River Tours

St. Johns River Tours near Deland, FL. aboard a Coast Guard inspected 35 passenger tour boat with bathroom aboard. Tours are conducted by licensed Coast Guard Captains who know the history of the area and the wildlife that abound. Two hour narrated tours depart from Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina. Tours are operated every day except Monday and Tuesday, and depart at 10AM and 1PM. The Tour is a nature lover's paradise. You will see alligators, anhinga osprey, Great Egrets, Ibis, Great Blue Heron, turtles, frequent sightings of manatee, and much more. On part of the trip, you will see the Old Florida in the same pristine condition it has been over the centuries. There will be pauses for photos and discussion of the wildlife encountered. Rates - $28 per person, Children (Age 3-12- $18) (Age 2 and under - Free) (Groups of 10 or more - $20.) Hontoon also offers 18 Riverside Rooms and Suites, Pontoon and Fishing Boat Rentals, Ship's Store and Dockside Deli.

8. Athens Theatre

124 N Florida Ave, DeLand, FL 32720-4208 +1 386-736-1500 [email protected] http://www.athensdeland.com
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Athens Theatre

The Athens Theatre is a fully restored historic theatre. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, this red-bricked beauty is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1922. Above the stage's proscenium arch is an original 1920's Grecian Freeze by artist Samuel Judson Stone. Each year the Athens Theatre presents six large theatrical productions by the Athens Theatre Company & Youth Academy, numerous concerts, community events, and gatherings.

Reviewed By susanlD1908WT - DeBary, United States

We just saw Mamma Mia and it was probably the best show we’ve seen in a long time. Even better than Dr Phillips performing arts center. The characters were defined ,the voices outstanding, choreography wonderful and scenery so professional. Above all the theater is quaint and inviting, the volunteers so friendly and professional it had the Broadway feeling in a cozier atmosphere. Been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better and better

9. Hontoon Island State Park

2309 River Ridge Rd, DeLand, FL 32720-4302 +1 833-953-2583 [email protected] https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/hontoon-island
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4.5 based on 267 reviews

Hontoon Island State Park

ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY PRIVATE BOAT OR PARK FERRY The island has pine Flatwoods, palm and oak hammocks, bald cypress swamps, and marshes. Hontoon Island is surrounded by the St. Johns River, the Hontoon Dead River, and Snake Creek. Activities include horseshoes, cycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as hiking, camping, picnicking, and nature viewing and photography. The island can be circumnavigated with a nine and a half-mile (14 km) day trip; Blue Spring State Park is a short paddle up the St. Johns (3.5 miles) one way. Amenities include canoe rentals, bike paths, eleven tent sites, and six rustic cabins. The park also has overnight boat slip rentals, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) nature trail. The park has a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine. The park is open from 8:00 am till one hour before sunset year-round.

Reviewed By thewanderingmeatball - Tampa, United States

The island is only accessible by boat. There is a ferry available and all you have to do is raise a flag and it comes and gets you. You are on the island within 10 minutes. They have some nice hiking trails available as well.

10. Ed Stone Park

2990 W. State Road 44, DeLand, FL 32724 http://www.volusia.org/services/community-services/parks-recreation-and-culture/parks-and-trails/park-facilities-and-locations/ecological-nature-parks/ed-stone-park.stml
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Ed Stone Park

Reviewed By wilsonmrslindsayw - Bangor, United Kingdom

We visited this Park again as we were staying nearby. This is a great place to eat your lunch and watch all the boats coming in and out of the harbour. There are a group of ducks that charge over to you in the hope of food. They are no trouble but one of them had fishing line around it's leg. We managed to remove the offending line before the duck came to any harm. Also we discovered that a little grey cat often came over to us. No idea where it lived, but we gave it a little tin of food a couple of times. I was sorely tempted to bring it home with us, but sanity ruled. I hope someone owns this little cat because it was so sweet. On the day we were going home, there was a very large boat parade. It was a lovely day for everyone.

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