Introduction to Orange City, Florida
Orange City, Florida, in Volusia county, is 4 miles NW of Deltona, Florida (center to center) and 98 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Daytona Beach metropolitan area.
Orange City History
This area was originally inhabited by the Timucua Indians. Dr. French, and six of his friends, bought a large tract of land in 1874, and established the community which is now known as Orange City. It was named for the orange groves planted around the city. The first public school of Volusia County was founded in Orange City in 1878, and the city was incorporated in 1882.
Orange City and Nearby Attractions
- African American Museum of the Arts.
- Mary McLeod Bethune Home.
- Southeast Museum of Photography.
- Louis P. Thursby House.
- Kennedy Space Center.
- Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.
Things To Do In Orange City
Orange City is home to numerous places included in the National Register of Historic Places including the Louis P. Thursby House, the Orange City Historic District, the Seth French House, the Dickinson Memorial Library and Park and the Orange City Colored School. The Museum of Arts and Sciences includes displays which reflect the region's historical and cultural development. The Southeast Museum of Photography, Halifax Historical Museum and the African American Museum of the Arts are also close to the city. The 17,650-acre Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park offers canoeing and camping opportunities, and also features nature and horse trails. Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld and Universal Studios are other popular attractions in the area.
Orange City Transportation
Daytona Beach International Airport is the closest major airport.
Orange City Higher Education
Colleges close to Orange City include the Seminole Community College, Stetson University and Daytona Beach Community College.