Distance from Tampa – 55 Minutes
Distance from Orlando – 2 Hours 26 Minutes
Located in the center of St. Johns River in Volusia County and just about a half-hour from Blue Spring, Hontoon Island is only accessible by private boat or park ferry. The island has pine flatwoods, palm and oak hammocks, bald cypress swamps, marshes, and is surrounded by the St. Johns River, the Hontoon Dead River, and Snake Creek.
With a small historical museum full of fun exhibits, a playground, picnic tables, a retail shop for snacks and any forgotten supplies, a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine, and a leisurely hiking trail, this is the absolute perfect place to take your little ones!
The park also offers ten slips for boats to park, bike rentals, single kayak rentals, tandem kayak rentals, and canoe rentals. Camping spots and cabins are available for those that want to take their adventure to the next level of immersion.
The island can be circumnavigated with a nine-and-a-half-mile (14 km) day trip, but for those that want more adventure, Blue Spring State Park is just a short paddle up St. Johns River (3.5 miles) one way.