1903 Hontoon

Florida Vacation Sightseeing Around DeLand, Daytona Beach & Orlando

Excursions & Activities in Florida

Florida is a prime vacation destination for many travelers each year. Our grand vacation home rental in DeLand holds many adventures for visiting families, and is conveniently located near Daytona Beach and Orlando. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle and take part in our area's fun-filled attractions and events!

Blue Spring State Park: Located just 3 miles away by boat and accessible by car from the 1903 Hotoon Vacation Home lies this natural, fresh water spring that is the largest of its kind. The park and spring are located along the St. John's River and is the winter home to the Florida Manatee.

More than 90 million gallons of crystal clear, 73° water flows out of the spring each day and can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers. There is a large children's play area, numerous picnic tables, and the original turn-of-the-century plantation home still located on the property.

We recommend visiting the park early or later in the day during the Manatee season as the park sometimes closes once it reaches capacity. Learn more at http://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park.

Hontoon Island State Park: Accessible by public ferry or private boat and located just around the corner from our property is historic Hontoon Island State Park. A children's play area, camping cabins, and miles of hiking and off-road bike paths make this a wonderful afternoon destination.

Turn left out of the 1903 Hontoon property and drive 1 mile, turn left at River Ridge Road and continue until you reach the Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina. From there, you can take the small ferry to the island. Learn more at http://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/hontoon-island-state-park.

Boat Rentals at the St. John's River: Luxury Houseboats, small fishing boats, rowboats, and kayaks are available for rent just down the road from your vacation home rental at Hontoon Landing Boat Rentals.

Fishing Guides: Many outfitters in the area offer guided trips along the St. John's River and off-shore along New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach.

DeLeon Springs State Park: Just 12 miles away from 1903 Hontoon is this popular state park. Touted as a "Fountain of Youth," DeLeon Springs was a popular tourist destination in the 1880s and still draws a big crowd today for its fresh water springs and the Old Sugar Mill restaurant where you can cook homemade pancakes right at your table! Go early on the weekends as you can expect long waits for the restaurant. Find out more at http://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/de-leon-springs-state-park.

New Smyrna Beach: A popular surfing and fishing destination, New Smyrna Beach is one of Central Florida's most popular and beautiful beaches. From 1903 Hontoon take State Road 44 East until you arrive at the beach. http://www.newsmyrna.com.

Daytona Beach: Home to NASCAR, Bike Week, Biketoberfest, and Spring Break; exciting Daytona Beach is a short and easy drive (less than 27 miles) from 1903 Hontoon. http://www.daytonabeach.com.

Mt. Dora: The beautiful lake front town famous for its antiques and art, shopping, gourmet restaurants, and Victorian architecture is a favorite destination for a quick, romantic getaway. Find out more about Mount Dora.

Orlando Theme Parks: Orlando is home to more than 50 world renowned attractions including Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and dozens of water parks…just to name a few. Most parks are located within a few miles of each other and all are located about an hour's drive from 1903 Hontoon.

Cape Canaveral: Located in what is known as Florida's Space Coast, Cape Canaveral is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Space shuttle and rocket launches are a spectacular sight to see and lift-offs are wonderfully visible from 1903 Hontoon looking over Lake Beresford to the east. Launch schedules are available on NASA's website.

Skydiving: Located at the DeLand Municipal Airport, Skydive DeLand is where the world comes to skydive. Offering tandem jumps, programs for experienced jumpers, and the Accelerated Free Fall program, Skydive Deland has something for everyone's sense of adventure.

Restaurants in the DeLand Area

The Sunrise Fishing Club & Restaurant: located near 1903 Hontoon, this historic and funky fish shack serves up some of the best burgers, fish sandwiches, and cold beer around. Perfect for the hungry fisherman.

Emmy's Time Out Tavern: Fantastic German-American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Voted Best Steak, Best Chef, and Best Waiters & Waitresses by the I Love DeLand website, and our family's favorite dining spot in all of DeLand! Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Emmy's is located at 2069 Old New York Ave, DeLand, FL 32720. Call 386-734-0756 for more information. Emmy's Time Out Tavern.

More Restaurants: Visit the Things to Do in DeLand website for more restaurant listings.

These are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy during your stay at 1903 Hontoon. Here's a short list of other things that may not involve traveling anywhere other than out the front door:

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