Tiny Tourist: Quick Trip to DeLand

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Parenting can lead you to some interesting paradoxes.  I’m terrified of taking my kids on long trips but I also cannot under any circumstance stay trapped in the house with my kids all day.  It leads to meltdowns.  Obviously theirs, but also mine.  So into the car we go.  But where?  We’ve always loved to go on road trips and explore Florida but just need the trips to be a little quicker.  And so we call them quick trips - anywhere we can travel in a day and back in time for the kids to sleep in their own beds.

Recently we took a trip to Volusia County to explore DeLand and just a little bit beyond.  You might not realize it but Volusia has awesome adventures waiting for you. Beautiful springs and a slice of Old Florida living. DeLand is an official main street district and just past DeLand you'll find beloved state parks and a few other curious attractions.  For Orlando locals this is the perfect staycation idea, grab your stuff and go!

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Don’t miss:

Barberville Pioneer Settlement  1776 Lightfoot Ln, Barberville, FL 32105

Take a trip back in time to this historic village.  Tucked away in western Volusia County, the settlement boasts restored buildings and historic artifacts of all kinds.  On site you'll find a traditional log cabin, post office, church, school house, railroad depot, country store, and much more!  

Blue Springs  2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763

This beautiful state park is one of the reminders of what makes Florida truly special.  The park has a large natural spring which keeps the water at 73 degrees during swimming season and is a manatee refuge.  You can see hundreds of manatees in the spring during manatee season (mid-November to mid-March).  If you plan to make this part of your trip, please plan accordingly.  This is a favorite destination for many and the park often reaches capacity.  Make this your first stop and get there early.

DeLand Wings  Pill Alley DeLand, FL 32720

A must-stop spot for photos and social media updates.  The wings, by artist Erica Group, are located behind the Dressed Boutique (108 S Woodland Blvd. DeLand, Florida 32720)

To read more about Tiny Tourist's Quick Trip to DeLand and to download your own Quick Trip Guide, click here

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Dana Nichols is an exhausted mommy of two, but she’s enjoying every moment. Dana is the founder of Momlando which inspires and unites moms (And dads!) in Central Florida. Dana knows parenting is fun, extraordinary, hard, and exhausting all at once. Momlando captures ways to make it manageable and memorable.