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“Senator survives as Phoenix” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Longwood
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Longwood, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Senator survives as Phoenix”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

In March 2013 we attended the dedication of "The Phoenix" which is a clone of the oldest and largest bald cypress destroyed by fire in 2012. The ceremony replete with state dignitaries, school bands and chorus was awesome! We are growing a sapling given to attendees. It's now about 4.5 feet tall and my grandson is the gardener responsible for its survival. The park offers playground equipment, boardwalks through the woods, information boards and markers to make the trail interesting and informative. A great place to escape the heat and sun. The Phoenix is an inspiring story!

Visited March 2013
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Longwood, Florida
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22 reviews
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“A nice park, before they burnt down the main attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Senator, once the oldest cypress tree in the western hemisphere was burnt by an admitted crackhead. That said, it is still a nice park and a look at how some parts of Florida existed prior to the Spanish explorers arrived. I would recommend it as a day trip.

Visited August 2012
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Longwood, Florida
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21 reviews
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“History In Sight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

It was about twenty five years ago. I took my now gone father and toddler daughter to view Big Tree. I don't remember many details, but certainly won't forget the impression Big Tree left in my father who appreciated the wonders of nature. He would take all who visited him in Central Florida to this park after that. The enthusiasm in his face and pride in showing Florida history will always be in my heart. He lived to be 96 and reviewing this old experience filled my heart. <3 This site would not accept my review unless I chose a date of visit, so let's say it was 25 years ago today.

Visited July 2013
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Zellwood
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“The tree is gone”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This park used to be a wonderful place, however, someone burnt down the tree and it is no more. Need to wait another 100+

Visited March 2013
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Columbus Ohio
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“Worth Going Only If You Like Big Trees”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

If you can care less about trees, I don't recommended going. If this park was 50 miles away from Orlando then it wouldn't be worth it. The Giant Seqoua's in California are far better, but being in Florida & Orlando this park was a good stop. My kids got to see a huge and old tree and also how stupid people are burning down the main Senetor tree (was Oldest & Largest in Park).

There's another 2000+ old tree right next to it. There is a boardwalk to both trees so it's easy and not so dirty. You can get to both trees within a 100-200 yard walk from your car...no stairs or hills to climb. Thy have pinic tables, other trails, & bathroom's.

The senator tree has sprouts at its base, is it still alive?

Visited June 2013
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