DeLand Tourist Attractions
The city was founded by Henry A. DeLand in 1876. Many of the streets are lined with oak trees as a result of his arboreal interests. DeLand is also well-known for another entrepreneur, Lue Gim Gong who was successful in producing strains of oranges and grapefruit in the late 1800s.
African American Museum of the Arts
African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand features a permanent collection of more than 150 artifacts, including sculptures and masks from Africa is on display. Founded in 1994, the Museum also offers a revolving gallery of both established and emerging artists, lectures, drama, dance, reading and creative programs that portray the African culture.
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
DeLand Naval Air Station was officially closed in 1946 and the museum opened in 1992 to commemorate the two-seater Dauntless Dive Bomber which was critical during World War II. Memorabilia such as uniforms, aircraft models and parts, guns and photos explain the story of this naval air station.
Eatonville National Historic District
Sixteen historic sites and 10 markers take visitors on a walking or driving tour of the Eatonville District. By correlating the sites with Hurston's autobiographical writing, visitors are able to find out what it was like to live here in the early 1920s.
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
Eatonville was the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston, a gifted writer and cultural anthropologist who played an important part in the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. She is widely regarded as the most significant interpreter of Southern rural African American life during the 1920s and 1930s.
DeLand Museum of Art
The DeLand Museum of Art is a 6000 sq.ft state-of-the-art gallery that began in 1951 as a small museum. The exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and fine crafts change on a regular basis. Art classes and lectures are also offered.
Henry A. DeLand House Museum
DeLand House was built in 1886 on land that Henry A. DeLand bought from the city. Period furnishings and collectibles fill the house, and feature a collection of period photographs.
Manatee Seeker Scenic Cruise
Cruise the St Johns River to watch and photograph wildlife in their natural environment. The Manatee Seeker is an aluminium pontoon boat that can carry 30 passengers.
Cultural Arts Center
The Center features 2 galleries with changing exhibits as well as plays, concerts and children's shows in the theater.