Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens,


or Bongoland as it was called in the 1940’s and 50’s when it served as an amusement park complete with train and an ape named Bongo.

Whatever you decide to call it, this historic site is really a hidden gem on Florida’s East Coast just south of Daytona Beach.

Before the days of Disney World and Universal a quieter form of entertainment drew visitors to Florida’s East Coast. With it’s history going back to 1836 and the Second Seminole War, these old Sugar Mills and botanical gardens are also a historic site and home to some pretty unique dinosaurs.


I hate to spoil the fun, so don’t take my word for it, instead visit yourself and see the beauty of this glimpse into Florida’s past.

I’ll leave you with directions, a few photos and a place you must visit if visiting Daytona Beach area. It’s just 8 miles south of Daytona International Speedway.

Also a great detour when passing by the area on I-95 in Florida- just 10 minutes east of exit 256.

Directions for your map:

950 Old Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange, FL  32129

Beautiful Florida outdoors


Frugal Travel Mom’s INFO & TIPS

Great for kids of all ages, grandparent friendly


Stroller friendly

No Food allowed inside but benches right out front of entrance provide a good eating spot


Water fountain

Lots of shade

Other Adventures Close By

Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Manatee Island

New Smyrna Beach Mystery Tour



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