Planning your visit
DeBary Hall Historic Site welcomes individuals, families, and larger groups of visitors. To help you explore, we offer award-winning exhibits; multimedia programs; and guided tours focusing on the St. Johns River region, the winter house and lands, and Florida people who worked at the big estate.
At the Visitors Center, you can explore the historic St. Johns river in an Imagidome Theater presentation that recaps some of the history of the beautiful river and Frederick deBary's role in its development.
Trek along the Spring-to-Spring Trail that traverses land owned by Volusia County and the St. Johns River Water Management District, and have a picnic in the new trailhead pavilion. And, don't miss the new DeBary Hall gift shop full of unique treasures.
198 Sunrise Blvd.
DeBary, FL 32713
386-668-3840 or 386-736-5953
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.
(Last guided tour begins at 3:30.)
From Interstate 4: Take exit 108 and turn right (west) on Dirksen Drive. Turn right on Mansion Boulevard and left on Sunrise Blvd and follow the signs to the parking lot.
From U.S. 17-92: Go east on Dirksen Drive. Turn left on Mansion Boulevard. Turn left on Sunrise Boulevard and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Children (Ages 3 to 12) $2
Educational tours* $3
*The educational tour is an extension of a five-day history curriculum written for fourth graders and is scheduled between the Volusia County School Board and Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division
Please call (at least two weeks in advance) to make arrangements.
DeBary Hall now offers tour topics to cater to your group's special interests.
Tea time: Gather a group of close friends or your social group and schedule a tea-tasting at DeBary Hall Historic Site. Tour the home, then sip tea and learn about high and low tea traditions. This is a great opportunity for your group to meet and socialize while learning about an interesting activity from the past. Our education coordinator will work with youth groups to complete badge requirements or lesson plans. Just let us know!
Tea time tours are two hours long. They are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Please schedule one month in advance.
Fee: $15 per person
Ecological tours: Did you know DeBary Hall Historic Site is in a bird sanctuary? Learn about the animals and plants around Debary Hall and how the landscape changed through time. Also, learn about the outside structures that made up the deBary property.
Youth groups can learn about the DeBary Hall property by completing a geo-cache activity. Geo-caching combines GPS coordinates with written clues. Have your group learn about the history and ecology of DeBary while learning to decipher clues.
Availability: Ecological tours are one hour long. They are available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Fee: $3 for youths, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors
Basic school and youth group tour: Want to get out of the classroom for an educational, but memorable, experience? Bring your class, scout group or youth club to DeBary Hall! We start with a virtual ride down the St. Johns River. Then we tour the 140- year-old DeBary Hall. Learn about vacationing in early Florida, gizmos and gadgets, and the deBary family. DeBary Hall also offers a picnic area and lawn games for your groups! Learn how to play a historic game like croquet!
Availability: School and youth group tours are one hour long. They are available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Please schedule two weeks in advance.
Fee: $3 for youths, $5 for chaperones
- Architecture tour: In 1971, DeBary Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architectural qualities. This 1871 Italianate hunting lodge hosts an array of conveniences not available in many homes in the South during the Reconstruction and Victorian eras. Wine importer Frederick deBary initiated many of the home’s amenities, and his son and great-granddaughter added to DeBary Hall’s functional beauty.
The architectural tour reviews the unique amenities such as a working elevator, the call system, outdoor structures, historic plumbing, and the additions and renovations through DeBary Hall’s 140-year history.
Youth groups will learn architectural terms and features through a DeBary Hall architectural bingo scavenger hunt throughout the house.
Availability: Architectural tours are one hour long. They are available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Please schedule two weeks in advance.
Fee: $5 for adults, $3 for youths and $4 for seniors
In-school tours: Our education coordinator can bring DeBary Hall to your classroom! Our classroom tour includes artifacts from DeBary Hall, a miniature panel exhibit, and lessons about early Florida living and vacationing to Central Florida in the 19th century. For classrooms with multi-media capabilities, we can explore DeBary Hall through a virtual tour on a CD rom. We also have several worksheets and will be happy to coordinate our visit with ongoing lesson plans or subjects.
Availability: In-school tours are 45 minutes long. They are available Tuesday through Friday. Please schedule two weeks in advance.
Fee: $35 per class
Geo-Cache Self-Guided Tour
A series of treasure hunts dotted along the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway in West Volusia County, Florida. The Corridor spans 15 communities from Seville in Northwest Volusia to Osteen in the Southwest. Quests are place-based educational programs that utilize rhyming and riddle-like clues along with hand-drawn maps, icons and GPS coordinates to reveal special places and stories.
We welcome school groups—especially fourth graders studying Florida history. DeBary Hall offers a pre-visit classroom trunk with exhibits, artifacts, and a curriculum package. Teachers planning field trips must use these materials. For help and information, please call the historic site’s manager.
The first floor of DeBary Hall is wheelchair-accessible, and visitors can explore theentire site through easy-to-navigate multimedia programs. These interactive offerings include a room-by-room virtual tour of the house, plus a look at the grounds and the larger estate.
DeBary Hall Historic Site is owned by the State of Florida and managed
by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.