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Address: 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL 32129 (Formerly Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens)
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Gardens where you can watch butterflies and learn more about flora and...

Gardens where you can watch butterflies and learn more about flora and fauna native to Florida. Trails leading past a preserved 19th century sugar mill ruins and statues of dinosaurs.

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It was interesting

Be prepared to walk because this place is pretty big but there is a lot of history and very interesting. Enjoyed our visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
coastiewife99
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared to walk because this place is pretty big but there is a lot of history and very interesting. Enjoyed our visit.

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful park just off the main road but you won't find it unless you're looking. Very serene considering the property's history. Plantation worked by slaves under horrible conditions, mill destroyed TWICE by renegade Seminoles, St John Rangers camp during Civil War (they lost), then some jasper tried to turn it into a theme park called Bongoland (it failed). That's a... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shady and beautiful gardens and historic exhibit. Fall & spring festival and plant sale. In the center of the city but totally peaceful.

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1 Thank spookcat
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sugar Mill Gardens is AUTHENTIC! Many other attractions claim to be natural and old Florida, but SUGAR MILL GARDENS is the only TRUE AUTHENTIC OLD FLORIDA in the Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach area. Sugar Mill Gardens is beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, non-commercialized, and EVERYONE IS VERY PLEASANT AND HELPFUL!!

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Dallas, United States
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was beautiful and fun but, make sure you put on the bug spray. I would have stayed longer if I had sprayed myself. We were getting eaten alive but, the kids really enjoyed this.

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1 Thank Annie M
Fruitland Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an enjoyable hour and 1/2 wandering the grounds. Great for introducing folks to some of Florida's history. From the wild days to the tourist trap (concrete dinosaurs) to the restoration to an outdoor museum. An enjoyable walk through natural woods and scattered gardens with exotic plants. The ruins and pictures let you start to understand a little of... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great experience taking pictures with friends. Such amazing scenery not to mention free admission.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is free so don't expect a ride from Cedar Point. If you want a quiet walk in the shade to get away for a while, this place ain't bad. Has plaques with some info from the past. A nice get away for a short period of time.

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1 Thank AJ F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tranquility among the beautiful gardens! Benches, beneath Huge, shade trees! Blooming shrubs, flowers! The DINASOURS delight the children ! And the remains of the once, Sugat Mills! My favorite, the BIGGEST, OUTREACHING , TREE, you'll ever see! Donation accepted, but is FREE!

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1 Thank Christine M
Port Orange, Florida
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Biked here with my boyfriend to check out the gardens. The gardens weren't anything spectacular but it was free so I wouldn't expect anything more. The back of the gardens has weird old dinosaur sculptures outside. Seemed very out of place..

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