Minutes from Daytona Beach, and about three miles north of the intersection of North Beach Street and West Granada Boulevard is the access to Tomoka State Park. Tomoka State Park is actually in Ormond Beach, Florida on a peninsula which is produced by the confluence of both the Tomoka River and the Halifax (Intracoastal Waterway) River.
The park offers a relatively cheap family outing for a day. For the budget conscious, for about $5.00 per day, a family (2-8 persons in a vehicle) can take advantage of the many amenities this park has to offer. Overnight camping is permitted for a fee.
At over 2,000 acres, Tomoka State Park has a lot to offer visitors, whether it be an individual or a family. With about 12 miles of shoreline within the park it's relatively easy to see why this area is so popular with boaters, kayakers, canoists, and fishermen. There is a boat ramp in the park for launching different types of craft. Boaters need to be aware that the waters around the park may be inhabited by slow swimming manatee and alligators.
The park is located in an area that used to be inhabited by the Timucuan Indians. At the park is the Fred Dana Marsh Museum, open from 9:30 am until 4 pm daily. Mr. Marsh was the artist commissioned to complete a statue of Chief Tomokie, a legendary chief that was said to have drunk from the cup of the gods. The statue is a centerpoint for the park. The museum provides interpretive exhibits including artifacts from pre-European days, the Spanish period in Florida to the early settler era.
Many people come to the park to camp, geo seek, hike, bike or enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. There are a number of geocache sites throughout the park that allow geo-seekers a view of seldom seen areas. There is a small store within the park called the Tomoka Outpost. Snacks, camping supplies and more can be purchased at the store. Bear in mind that the park has saltwater marshes around it, so it might be a good idea to either bring or purchase insect repellent while at the store. In addition, rentals of canoes, kayaks and bikes are available at the Outpost.
Open daily from 8 am until sundown, the park can be enjoyed year round. The physical location is 2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, Florida. For more information call 386-676-4050 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/tomoka/.