Orange City, known as “the heart of Southwest Volusia”, is proud of its small-town ambiance while offering all the amenities necessary for today’s fast-paced lifestyle.
The town boasts some of the safest and most affordable neighborhoods in Volusia County that offer single-family homes, manufactured homes, condos, and apartments. The first permanent home in this part of Volusia County was the Thursby House, built-in 1872 and located at the infamous Blue Springs State Park. Orange City was named for the thousands of acres of orange groves planted in and around the city, but twelve years later, the Big Freeze wiped out the orange groves.
Blue Springs State Park
Blue Springs is a gem along the St. Johns River that hosts a refreshing spring with year-round 72-degree waters. Blue Springs is home to hundreds of manatees throughout the year, fish, birds, ospreys, eagles, and more. Visitors can hike along the spring run or on the 4.5 mile- Pine Island Trail. Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding rentals are available as well as a guided riverboat cruise. You can also enjoy camping, fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, tubing, and picnicking here with a large playground and open field near the historic Thursby House. During Halloween, a trick-or-treating event is held here with a Haunted Tour of the Thursby House. This is a favorite for holiday events, private events, wildlife sightings, a quick freshwater stop along the St. Johns river, and so much more! Enjoy the annual Manatee Festival held in June or volunteer here if you’re a lover of wildlife.
Valentine Park: Baseball and softball fields, soccer, playgrounds, and more.
Coleman Park: Basketball court, pavilions, and picnic tables, grills, playground, and skate park.
Mill Lake Park: a newer park in the area, it features picnic pavilions, park benches, a splash park, and beautiful landscaping. Frequented by yoga enthusiasts, runner clubs, bikers, and more. Lakeside.
Waggin’ Tail Dog Park
Veterans Memorial Park: 2 acres, exercise trail, playground, picnic tables, park benches, and grills. This park hosts a Movie in the Park.
Orange City is home to the newest and highest rated schools in Volusia County with a small and well-developed section making up their school district. These three schools are comprised of residents from Deltona, Deland, and DeBary as well as Orange City and are located close to Blue Springs State Park, multiple residential areas, and many businesses of Orange City.
Orange City Elementary: historic school, first one built
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