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Hontoon Island State Park

2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand, FL 32720
(386)736-5309
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Ranked #5 of 53 attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Winter Haven, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is the second year that we have taken a group to Hontoon Island for an weekend outing. Once again everything was great. Transportation to and from the island, the cabins, things to do, all were well done. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful as well. Another great weekend on the island. Highly recommended!

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Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Let me say that I originally planned on giving Hontoon Island 4 stars because with all the rain they've had recently, the island was VERY damp but that wasn't their fault so I decided to go with 5 stars. This was based on our first trip to Hontoon (me and my two sons, 11 & 14 for a one night... More

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South Florida, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

After driving through what is a residential neighborhood, you come upon the sign to the state park. On a gravel road you park your car whereupon you walk up to the dock and wait for a ferry to take you across the river to the park. The friendly park ranger took us across the river and recommended things to do.... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Easy access to the island by ferry which took five minutes to cross. The park ranger was friendly and informative. We went after several days of heavy rain so the hiking trails were muddy.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Hontoon State Park is tucked away off the beaten path although it is fairly easy to get to.It's a island in the middle of the St. Johns River in DeLand Fl. A Pontoon Ferry that only holds 6 people takes you to the Island. It has a small museum and supply store. You can hike the trails, fish or camp.... More

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Melrose, Florida
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29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came here because Blue Spring was at capacity, and we wanted to kill a few hours. Wow, what a great place. First, it's free, but please donate. It is very well kept, and all of the park staff were helpful/nice. The parking lot is about 30 feet from the boat ramp, and the park service has a ferry to... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Last weekend we filled up the camelbacks to take a hike through the real Florida. 1700 acre Hontoon Island is only accessible by boat (there's a ferry) and is home to nearly every native species you can think of. The southern part of the island is dominated by a 7,000 year old Native American mound you can hike up. The... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a perfect getaway location! A ferry takes to the island where my husband and I stayed in a cabin. Nothing fancy but who needs fancy when camping :) The park rangers are extremely nice and helpful. Fishing is good and canoes or kayaks are available for rental. A must do adventure for any lover of camping. Can't wait... More

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Hollywood
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Found this park when planning the family Summer vacation at Blue Springs State Park. Visited park in the morning, very nice drive along the river front homes to parking area for ferry to island, ferry was already at parking area when we arrived, took short ride across the river to the island were we visited the museum and looked around... More

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Just got back today from a two day stay. The rangers couldn't have been more helpful. The cabin was great. The BBQs amazing. It rained a little too much. But, hey we are in Florida in the summer. I suggest renting all the cabins with family or friends and having an outdoor weekend.

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