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Hontoon Island State Park

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Address: 2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: (386)736-5309
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Pontoon Rental on St John River from Hontoon Island

Our granddaughters were visiting from Ohio and we wanted to take them on a boat ride to see alligators. We rented a pontoon boat for four hours one morning. Rental rates here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our granddaughters were visiting from Ohio and we wanted to take them on a boat ride to see alligators. We rented a pontoon boat for four hours one morning. Rental rates here are very reasonable and the boats are very clean and nice. We took snacks and water and spent a delightful morning cruising north and south on the St... More 

Thank NSB32168
DeLand, Florida
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86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

It is a fun place to spend the day. nothing is as much fun as hitting up a state park to spend the day in the great outdoors.

Thank JR32724
Marianna, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We took our grandson for a little fishing during our visit. The park rangers are very informative. On the ferry ride over they gave a brief layout of the park. I enjoyed the visitor center, which gave the history of the park. My grandson opted not to fish for the playground. He spent well over a hour playing.

Thank shores850
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

It's fun just to take the free ferry ride to the island for the afternoon . You can hike some trails and there are plenty of picnic tables for a nice relaxing lunch . Enjoy the wildlife on the island and you'll probably see some Manatees from shore or the on the ferry ride .

Thank 360traveljustin
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Lovely small state park with lots of interesting wildlife and a cute little display. Super friendly rangers.

Thank Becky L
Metuchen, New Jersey
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247 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I visit this state park often and love to walk the trails, watch for critters, and especially kayak over to it. After parking our car, we take the free ferry across the water to Hontoon Island State park. On the way, we often see ibis, Great blue herons or other birds. Once on the island, we sit on one of... More 

Thank Arline Z
Daytona Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

picnicking......museum and cabins to rent. this place is a trip of relaxation, just what the doctor ordered. if you don't want to rough it in a cabin or tent, go to hontoon landing resort and marina and rent a room or suite. don't forget to take the tour boat and let captain jeff show you all the wildlife and tour... More 

Thank brbjck
Deltona, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Enter parking lot, walk down on dock, ferry boat will come and pick your party up and take you across the river to the park. On the way over the captain will help you decide what you are going to do.? Hike the trails, or Picnic by the river, Go fishing, camp over night in a tent site or a... More 

1 Thank Dick N
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This park was amazing. The boat ride to it was free and the hiking was great. Wasnt very busy saw family of raccoons, manatees, a gator, a couple pygmy rattle snakes and a big buck with big antlers only feet away. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We dont fish but was alot of people there fishing seemed like a... More 

2 Thank jbk2003
DeLand, Florida
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lovely place to have a picnic, go fishing, and camping! They have a ton of adorable cabins to rent. There is a boat that will take you from the parking lot to the island.

Thank layla g

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