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Hontoon Island State Park

2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand, FL 32720
(386)736-5309
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Ranked #6 of 53 Attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Tampa, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We came by boat and enjoyed the walking trails. Yes, back to nature with hawks, eagles, birds of all kinds. Even caught a couple gators swimming about when all the Saturday pavilion birthday & other picnic area activities were over - all had a fun time thank goodness it did not rain until late. Although there was so much rain... More

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Orlando, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Hontoon Island State Park offers a variety of animals and unique plants that takes you back in time to the days of the Timucua Indians. Plants appeared to be either small grass or lichen growing in the paths making a grassy roadway and others appeared to be miniature succulent plants. Animals include raccoons, possums, wild turkeys, and deer. One the... More

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Winter Haven, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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36 attraction reviews
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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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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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