DeBary is located on the northern shore of the St. Johns River. DeBary is the gateway to southwestern Volusia County and serves as a corridor between Orlando, Sanford, and Daytona Beach. DeBary has a population of 18,869 people within an area of 25 square miles. Its warm atmosphere, thousands of oak trees and friendly residents make this city inviting and welcoming. Enjoy this video featuring highlights in West Volusia County
Long before the Spanish arrived in Florida, the Timucuan Indians were the first to inhabit the area of Lake Monroe. By 1760, the Seminole tribe had moved from Alabama and Georgia began to the area of Florida where DeBary is now found. Florida was acquired from Spain in 1821 by the United States, with the Seminole Wars delaying settlement in the area. In 1866 a man by the name of Elijah Watson sold land on the northern shore of the St. Johns River on Lake Monroe to Oliver and Amanda Arnett, where they built a house. They sold 400 acres to a man named Frederick DeBary who was a wine merchant from New York City. He built a hunting lodge and named it DeBary Hall. He also built many orange groves and pecan trees on his land. DeBary was finally incorporated in 1993, and was named after their first settler.
DeBary operates six parks and administers soccer leagues, senior programs, and a Summer Day Camp program. The city also offers pavilions, which are available for rental. There are also Volusia County parks located in DeBary including Gemini Springs Park, which is the largest park in Volusia County, and Lake Monroe Park, which includes boat ramps and fishing docks.
Bill Keller Park
Bill Keller Park covers 19 acres and is perfect for the sports enthusiast. The park offers 2 tennis courts, 3 baseball diamonds, 2 basketball courts, and a 1.4-mile fitness trail. The park also has a playground with climbers, swings, and slides. The new concession stand is open during league play or for special events.
Gateway Park offers a playground that is equipped with climbers, slides, and swings. Both children and adults will enjoy the nature trail, which is .5 miles in length and winds through a wooded area.
Rob Sullivan Park
Rob Sullivan Park was formerly known as Community Park. It is named for a former City Council Member who was instrumental in putting together the parks system in DeBary. Rob Sullivan Park is gated and consists of 10 acres primarily devoted to sports. The park offers two baseball diamonds, one basketball court, one softball field and one soccer field.
Memorial Park covers 2.5 acres of land and is a peaceful place to visit. The park features 5 pavilions for picnics, an F-15 Eagle aircraft and the USS Langley’s anchor, which are prominently displayed. The Eagle and a hillside garden are brightly illuminated each evening and are visible from Dirksen Drive.
Eagle’s Nest Park
Eagle’s Nest Park is a fenced park in which neighbors and children can walk. The park offers a variety of playground swings and structures. Eagle’s Nest Park also features a 30’ x 20’ half basketball court and a pavilion with a grill, table and benches.
This unique, 210-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, as well as superb opportunities to view local wildlife.
Walking and Bike Riding
Enjoy a ¾ mile nature trail, 1 mile bike trail, a ¼ bridge loop and numerous sidewalks.
Fishing is allowed only on the fishing dock. You must have a valid, freshwater fishing permit.
Canoes are available for rent at the canoe launch area near the fishing pier during regular park hours. All children, regardless of age, must wear a life jacket. A life jacket for each passenger also must be in the canoe.
Canoes will easily hold three adults or two adults and up to three children. Except for the bow and stern seats, all passengers must sit on the floor of the canoe. Avoid rocking the boat or leaning to the side and use caution in paddling.
Lake Monroe Park
Lake Monroe Park is one of DeBary’s most popular parks. The park reopened to the public in July 2004 after a major renovation and improvement project. The project included new restrooms, renovations to the entrance road, floating docks, picnic pavilions, improved parking and a trailhead for the Lake Monroe-Gemini Springs-DeBary Hall trail.
DeBary Hall was built by Frederick DeBary as his hunting retreat along the St. Johns River. This magnificent two story mansion is listed the National Register of Historic Places and features period furnishings and lavish surroundings.
Debary Golf and Country Club
This Lloyd Clifton-designed course sits on hilly land. This course is designed to challenge every player’s skills. The par-5s are all in the 500- to 550-yard range. The par-3s are all approximately the same distance, running 180 to 190 yards from the back tees, and 150 to 160 yards from the white tees.
Glen Abbey Golf Club
Glen Abbey is one of the many excellent courses of medium length and difficulty in central Florida. The course sits atop an elevated piece of land. There is one par-3 that is long from the blue tees. This is a semi-private golf course.