Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd
Port Orange, Fl
Open 8am to 5pm, Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens is one of the free things to do while visiting the Daytona Beach area. Covering 10 acres of trails, you will come across different clusters of collections of indigenous and exotic trees and plants, along with a few surprises.
Originally producing sugar cane, cotton, and rice, the mill has burned down twice during the 1st Seminole war (1835) and the 2nd Seminole war (1856). Rebuilt and eventually becoming headquarters during the Civil war (1862) the kettles were used for the production of salt and the storage of food and admonition.
Becoming a tourist attraction as early as 1939, the property was leased in 1985 by The Botanical Gardens of Volusia to educate local gardeners, the Mill is run by donations, so please contribute if you can.
A great place to take a nature walk and enjoy the beauty of the area. Also and excellent place for weddings, memorials, photo shoots, etc. However all events must be approved.
Just a few other things, watch out for poison ivy, no pets allowed, sadly, also they stress that it is not a playground but a garden, there is no food or drink allowed, and no smoking or vaping.
All the grounds are maintained by a volunteer organization, I think they welcome all and parking is kind of limited. there is a small dirt parking lot across the street and a few places in the front.
So all in all Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens is a free tour in Daytona Beach for the family with history and beautiful trails. All in all a great value. Not just to explore the gardens but to experience local history as well. Enjoy!
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Have fun and we’ll see you at the beach!