Orange City is a small city located between Orlando and Daytona Beach with just over 12,000 people.
Orange City is a small city in Volusia County steeped in history. Officially incorporated as a city in 1882, the name was coined by the thousands of acres of orange trees planted in the area. Unfortunately, 12 years later, these orange groves were killed in the Great Freeze. Orange City also received the Silver Medal, the ‘highest award the world can give’ for its water, in 1904. It was so good that John. D. Rockefeller had Orange City Mineral Water sent to him wherever he traveled for drinking and bathing! A piece of history that is still standing today is Thursby House. The first permanent home built in the town in the 1850s is now a popular tourist attraction that people flock to see.
Orange City is in a great location, almost exactly halfway between Orlando downtown, 32 miles away, and Daytona Beach, 28 miles away. Head to Orlando for the great shopping, entertainment, and history, or enjoy Daytona Beach’s iconic coastal feel and renowned speedway stadium, which holds the Daytona 500 NASCAR race every February.
However, if you prefer to stay closer to home, Orange City has everything you need with many shopping and dining options. Have a wonderful night out with dinner at Fire on the Bayou or Texas Roadhouse, and finish off on a lucky streak at the casino, Orange City Racing, and Card Club. For nature lovers, Blue Spring State Park is less than a mere 3 miles from the center of Orange City and has a campground, hiking trails, and Blue Spring Adventures. Go for a day trip or spend the whole weekend and take advantage of the stunning natural beauty on your doorstep. Orange City has so much to offer people of all ages and interests!