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Discover DeBary, FL
In central Florida, DeBary is a leafy city by the St. Johns River within a 45-minute drive of Orlando. Its small-town charm and riverside homes exist side-by-side with rural spaces and an extensive park system that attract not only human visitors but avian migrants too. It's also ideally located for RV rentals in DeBary to explore the many lakes, state parks, and Atlantic beaches this side of Florida is famous for.
DeBary was named after its first non-Native American settler, Samuel Frederick DeBary, a prosperous wine merchant from New York. The land he bought along the St. John's River grew from a place of winter retreat to a citrus grove thousands of acres wide and a place to launch his steamboat company. His entrepreneurial ventures in the late 19th century greatly contributed to the growth of DeBary, which incorporated almost a century after his death.
In DeBary, It’s a River-to-Sea Journey
Rent a motorhome in DeBary and you won’t have any shortage of water-based activities whether you're into swimming, fishing (bluegills, crappie, and catfish), kayaking/canoeing, scuba diving, or boating. Join one of the many St. Johns River cruises and ecotours where you'll learn the river's history, its significance to Native Americans, and its unusual south-to-north flow. Wildlife is abundant so keep an eye out for birdlife (sandhill cranes, egrets, kingfishers), turtles, and alligators. Rent an RV in DeBary in winter and you might just see manatees seeking refuge here from the cold Atlantic waters.
Give your legs a good workout as you explore the multi-use Spring-to-Spring Trail from the trailhead at DeBary Hall Historic Site. The trail connects Gemini Springs Park to DeLeon Springs State Park some 25 miles away. For a more ambitious cycling adventure, follow the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Bike Trail that will take visitors through rural hamlets, resort towns, and coastal dunes for more than 200 miles. This long-ranging bike trail also links several state parks, wildlife refuges, and a national seashore so it’s ideal to explore if you like your adrenaline-fueled adventure mixed with plenty of nature.
On the Atlantic side of Florida, history, nature, and rocket science come together at Canaveral National Seashore, about a 45-minute drive away. It's one of the few stretches of the Florida coast that has remained largely unchanged from the time the Timucua people left evidence of their occupation in Turtle Mound. The park encompasses 58,000 acres of open lagoons, barrier island, coastal hammock, and pine flatwoods. Stretching 24 miles, the undeveloped beach is where serenity reigns supreme, sea turtles nest on the shores, and migrating wading birds and waterfowl stop over after a long flight. It’s also where you can watch a rocket launch occurring on Kennedy Space Center if you’re timing is right.
Where to Park Your RV
Proximity to Orlando's theme parks, the Daytona International Speedway, and Atlantic beaches means this side of Florida boasts a decent share of RV parks and campgrounds for your motorhome rental in DeBary. You will find plenty of places to stay with full hookup sites, showers and pool access within a 30-mile radius.
The few options you have within the city include Lake Monroe County Park with water and electric service, showers, and restrooms, and Highbanks Marina and Camp Resort nestled along St. Johns River with full hook-up sites, showers, and pool access. If you require no hookups for a short stay in town, check with the manager of a Walmart store in DeBary to see if overnight parking is allowed.
Numerous gas stations, many with extended hours, line US-17 and I-4 so you can fill your tank in DeBary before setting off to find campgrounds outside of town. A state park camping experience awaits at Blue Springs State Park, just a half an hour's drive away by DeBary RV rental. The Blue Springs State Park has water and electric sites, showers, and restrooms. Here you can view manatees up close from boardwalks without influencing their natural behavior. Plan to visit from mid-November to March to see hundreds of wintering manatees congregate here to enjoy the constant 72-degree spring water.
Around the City of a Thousand Oak Trees
With seafood aplenty, it's no surprise you'll find Cajun and Creole cuisine in DeBary. There are also a handful of places serving Italian food and a few offering diner and bistro fare. In most restaurants, it's possible to order the vegan or gluten-free version of what's on the menu.
The 8,000-square-foot winter lodge of Frederick DeBary was built in 1871 in the Italianate style featuring a wrap-around porch on each of its two floors. In its heyday, the house welcomed Presidents Ulysses Grant and Grover Cleveland among its many notable guests. The pioneer's restored hunting retreat is now DeBary Hall Historic Site and offers docent-led tours to the public.
You probably haven't seen a full-scale F15 jet on prominent display in an outdoor park, but at DeBary, they have one at the Memorial Park dedicated to war veterans and departed local heroes and residents. The F-15A Eagle, mounted on its base as if ready to take off, saw action in Saudi Arabia in 1996. There's also the nine-ton anchor of USS Langley, the first aircraft carrier of the US Navy, on display.
If you’re curious where the start of the Spring-to-Spring loop begins, drive your DeBary motorhome rental to Gemini Springs Park close to the town of Enterprise. The free-flowing twin springs produce more than six million gallons of sparkling fresh water a day. There are a one-mile loop bike trail and a three-quarter-mile nature trail for those inclined to stretch their legs, and birdlife for those eager to check species off their life list.
DeBary is more than just a corridor between Orlando and Daytona Beach. But perhaps it’s the city’s very location that makes it convenient to rent an RV and see where else it could take you. So don’t delay, do it today. You’ll be glad you did.
RV Rentals in DeBary, FL
DeBary, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in DeBary. Outdoorsy's DeBary RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby
Nearby to DeBary are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Big Cypress National Preserve, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore.
What's around DeBary, FL
Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!
Local Hiking Trails
|La Chua Trail||Micanopy||Florida|
|Morris Bridge Park||Thonotosassa||Florida|
|Alafia State Park Trail||Lithia||Florida|
|Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail||Sanford||Florida|
|Balm Boyette Nature Preserve Trail||Riverview||Florida|
|Little-Big Econ State Forest||Geneva||Florida|
|Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail||Apopka||Florida|
|Pine Island East Loop Trail||Orlando||Florida|
|Guana River State Park Loop Trail||Ponte Vedra||Florida|
Recommendations for DeBary, FL from Outdoorsy Owners
Sits right on the St. John’s River. It has a marina also. Great for boating or kayaking
An excellent Orange County park for camping, swimming, floating and paddling in Rock Springs. Large campsites, nice bathhouses, and big playgrounds.
Love swimming in the crystal clear springs, hiking the gorgeous trails and kayaking the river! We deliver our camper here on a regular basis. Nice shaded sites, most have good privacy.
I love this place. Has some hookups and has a great swim area for kids. It's a spring that forms a nice lake, crystal clear, with an old 'castle' in the middle. It's a sulfur spring.
Beautiful springs, a great florida experience. You can camp, stay just for the day, swim, scuba in the caves, see manatees, etc. It's gorgeous!
Lots of restaurant along the strip. Great shopping. Nice place to spend an afternoon eating and shopping. Some high end shopping.
Plenty of restaurants. Nightlife, Boardwalk along the river.
Nice park. No pets though. Traditional campground. Many guests go year after year with their families.
Super clean 72 degree spring water...swimming, kayaking rentals, make your own pancakes restaurant (get there early to get in line)
72 degree fresh spring water...cool in the hot temperatures. Warmer in Feb/March where the Manatees go to escape the colder waters. Swimming, picnicking, sightseeing, ice cream/gift shop.
Downtown Deland won title of "America's Main Street". If you need a haircut I suggest the Rusty Razor Barbershop. Plenty of local places to grab a bite. All within walking distance.
Downtown Sanford has plenty of local restaurants worth trying. Also there are a lot of local breweries within walking distance of each other. Tuffy's Bottle Shop is our go to when in Sanford.
Central 28 Brewery and Swamp House Riverfront Grill are our two favorite places to go in Debary. Swamp House Riverfront Grill is located at Highbanks Marina and Camp Resort.
Blue Springs State Park is a great place to visit. At times you can view up to 400 Manatee.
If you are looking for a beautiful RV park in the Central FL area, consider Wekiva Falls RV Resort in Sorrento, FL.
Amazing place! You must go during summer time to enjoy the natural spring water that's super ice cold! Beautiful, just beautiful park! To book go to www.floridasprings.org
Great and affordable place to camp! Many activities to do here! You will love it!
great place to fill your propane tanks or tools you may need only 6 minute drive 3.9 miles from blue springs state park
great budget friendly great food close to blue springs only 8 minute drive 3.9 miles away
the campgrounds also have a conveniently located dump site with water to wash out your tanks
great place to go swimming or float on a tube lockers are available in the gift shop lots of parking also a camp shop to get something to eat
very nice state park we have stayed there a number of times the staff is very friendly and very affordable to make a reservation at any Florida state park go to www.reserveamerica.com tel 800-326-3521