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“Terrific little known, botanical garden with some interesting history.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL 32119
386-767-1735
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Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Port Orange
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Owner description: Gardens where you can watch butterflies and learn more about flora and fauna native to Florida. Trails leading past a reconstructed sugar mill and statues of dinosaurs.
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“Terrific little known, botanical garden with some interesting history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We found this place on Tripadvisor and a little gem of floral, sugar mill and some dinosaurs for the young and old alike. Very quiet, peaceful and definitely worth the visit, we will return to experience the beautiful plants, live grand oak trees and the history of the sugar cane industry in Florida. A must see!!

Visited March 2013
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Middletown, Connecticut
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“Educational and relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Volunteers have created a beautiful Museum/Botanical Garden. The history of the area and the old sugar mill was very nicely presented. A beautiful peaceful walk through the gardens is interesting with many plant species clearly labeled. We've been coming to the area for 5 years and never knew the place existed. A great find and a well hidden secret. Most of all it's free, so don't forget to donate on your way out to keep this place going.

Visited February 2013
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“An absolute gem, a place to relax and learn history, too.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This was a wonderful place to go with family. As one who has studied a bit about plantations and slavery, as well as enjoying varied botanical gardens and picture taking, this was a real pleasure. The remains of the sugar mill are easily asccessible thanks to the well-designed walkways and coverings. The descriptive illustrations were helpful, too. The varied gardens and trails are set up nicely, without any commercial feel. Very relaxing and pleasant. The different dinosaurs and a sloth were cute, and clearly constructed as part of the tourist draw in earlier years. We spent a couple of hours here. Only regrets were that we were a- not around when we could buy some of the honey that is sometimes sold there, b- some inconsiderate ignoramus took it upon themselves to put red and black paint graffiti on some of the dinosaur eggs (?) near the T. rex.
Would certainly come back here again. It would be an ideal place to spend time with family, a date, and to take pictures.
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Visited January 2013
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“Interesting local attraction, family fun, no cost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Interesting free park, donations accepted. Beautiful grounds, full size dinosaur statues in natural settings, remnant of a real sugar mill carefully preserved. Walking trails and scenic sitting places. I would advise that you visit on a day that is not too hot and humid.

Visited October 2012
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“Best Kept Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Where can you go for "free" and see a wonderful botanical garden, a sugar mill, and a place to let your worries fly away for the time you are there.

Visited January 2013
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