Hontoon Island State Park

DeLand, FL

Where are we going?

Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Rd
FL 32720


What is there to do?

For a relaxing, peaceful and historic family day out in Florida, check out Hontoon Island State Park!

This popular island is located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, and it's only accessible via private boat or park ferry. 

Love history? Great! Because Hontoon Island State Park is rich with history. Did you know that evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years can be seen as you hike through the park? Yep! It's history right under your feet!

A great way to explore the history when you first arrive is at the impressive visitor center. Here kids can learn more about the many inhabitants and uses of Hontoon Island over the years. It's fascinating!

Of course, there are also a host of activities that you can enjoy out under that glorious Florida sun. Why not get out onto the water via the 42 accessible boat slips. If it's fishing that you love, there are plenty of species that you can try your luck with, including Perch, Crappie and Catfish.

Picnic areas include tables, grills, and a playground, so why not take your own tasty lunch and enjoy it surrounded by peaceful nature. 

For overnight stays, the park has rustic cabins, as well as 12 tent sites in a primitive environment.

A fun, nature filled family day out in Florida, with adventure, solitude, and that rich historic past!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free admission to the park!

Children: Free admission to the park!


Need a little extra help?

The ferry is wheelchair accessible.


When can we go?

Open 8am until sundown. The park's ferry operates daily from 8am. to one hour before sunset.

Open 365 days a year


Any top tips?

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required.

I’m Hungry!

Bring a picnic basket and spend the day in their day use area, complete with 13 picnic tables and BBQ grills. It's the perfect area to read a book while the kids run around and play nearby

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take water!

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