Local Attractions

Enjoy these local attractions, all close to Holiday Springs:

1.5MI.

Historic Athens Theatre

838 E New York Ave, Deland, FL


Historic Athens Theatre
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The Athens Theatre is one of the few existing examples of a classic American theatre in Central Florida. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, the Athens Theatre is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King. The opening night performance on January 6th, 1922 included a movie, live theatre performance and several vaudeville acts. On January 5th, 1922, the eve of the theater’s opening, the DeLand Daily News declared the Athens to be “Florida’s Handsomest Theatre” and “a gem of architecture”. Constructed primarily by DeLand craftsmen and laborers, the facility embodied the very best in design, construction, decoration and equipment. The theatre’s name was derived from the vision of DeLand’s founder, Henry DeLand, who sought to create a city that would be the “Athens of Florida”.

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3.5MI.

DeLand Naval Air Station Museum

910 Biscayne Blvd, Deland, FL 32724


DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
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The City of DeLand started the airport in the 1920s with the first asphalt runway built around 1936. The Navy came to DeLand in 1941 and the City donated the airport to the Navy and the Navy bought additional property around it encompassing what is now the DeLand airport. The Navy base was opened in November 1942. Bomber squadrons patrolled the coast of Florida for submarines. Trained pilots came here to team with a gunner and they trained together to dive bomb using the SBD Douglas Dauntless aircraft. The men were shipped out after their 3 month training period. The SBDs are credited with sinking four Japanese aircraft carriers and helped to win the war at Midway. The DeLand Naval Air Station was officially closed in March of 1946 and the Navy returned the entire field over to the City of DeLand. Florida Military School occupied some of the old buildings at the airport from 1956 to 1971. The DeLand Naval Air Station Museum was started in 1992, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the base. The City of DeLand donated the Master of Arms Residence for the Museum. The building was restored and dedicated in November, 1995, and has grown steadily ever since. In 2001, the Museum building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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4.4MI.

Blue Springs Park

2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763


Blue Springs Park
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Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring and spring run are closed during Manatee season, mid-November through March.  Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced. 

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Reptile Discovery Center

2710 Big John Dr, Deland, FL 32724


Reptile Discovery Center
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The Reptile Discovery Center offers an excellent and reasonable half day event and is in close proximity to a host of other unique and exciting Volusia County destinations. Visit the Deland Airport and world famous Skydive Deland have lunch as you are surrounded by landing parachutists. Minutes away both Ponce Deleon Springs and Blue Spring State Park offer a naturalists paradise and swimming, canoeing or hiking in some of Central Florida's most spectacular settings. Historic Downtown Deland and Stetson University offer shopping, walking and are in close proximity to The Deland Art Museum and numerous galleries and restaurants. Just 20 minutes to the east is the beautiful Volusia County coastline and some of Florida's most famous and well known beaches, an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.  

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