New Smyrna Beach Sugar Mill Plantation Ruins
Day Trips in Florida and the Best Places to Visit,  Hidden Gems in Florida

Sugar Mill Ruins of Florida’s Historic Coast

Sugar Mill Ruins of Florida’s Historic Coast

We love visiting historic sites! There’s something so cool about the feeling of going back in time. It’s like flipping a switch in your brain that instantly takes you to another dimension. Learning about how our world has evolved and seeing the remains of what used to be, is truly an incredible experience. Out of the many amazing historic sites in Florida, some of them are the Sugar Mill Ruins of Florida’s Historic Coast found along the Scenic and Historic A1A Coastal Byway.

So, get ready to explore! Because this historic coast covers from Ponte Vedra Beach down to Flagler Beach and it’s amazing!

traveling to New Smyrna Beach Discovery Map
Gotta love the Discovery Maps! Exploring New Smyrna Beach is a true adventure. All these historic sites are close by.

Sugar Mill Plantations in Florida

These are some of our favorite Sugar Mill Plantation Ruins in Florida’s historic coast. Want to know the best thing about exploring them? Most of them are completely free! These historic plantation sites are family and kid approved! The first one we ever visited was the New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins. I personally fell in love with the coquina structures, the history behind it, and the complete beauty of the site. This one, in particular, has a nature trail that loops back to the plantation. The Bulow Sugar Mill Plantation is the one that might take the most time to explore. Mostly because it’s the biggest, and it’s also a State Park. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of activities to do while you’re there.

You’ll also be needing some extra time at the Dunlawton Plantation. It’s surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden perfect for meditation, and it’s also the site for Bongoland; an abandoned Dinosaur Park. Dummit Plantation won’t require much time to explore since it’s the smallest one of them all.

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these ruins were once the site of steam-operated sugarcane and mill, back in the 1830s.

new smyrna beach sugar mill ruins

new smyrna beach sugar mill ruins

Plan your visit

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: Free

Location: 600 Mission Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

 

Dummit Plantation Mill Ruins

Remains of the sugar and rum processing factory built in 1825, and owned by Thomas H. Dummit.

Dummit plantation mill ruins

Dummit plantation mill ruins

Plan your visit

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: Free

Location: 2 miles north of Tomoka State Park on Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

 

Bulow Sugar Mill Plantation Ruins

The main attraction of the Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Operating from 1820, this was once the largest sugar mill in Florida. It was later burned down by the Seminoles during the Seminole War in 1836.

Plan your visit

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission: $4 per vehicle, using the honor box.

Location: 3501 Old Kings Rd., Flagler Beach, FL 32136

 

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

The history of this sugar mill factory dates back to before Florida was even a state. It was awarded to a Mr. Patrick Dean in 1804, and he grew sugar, cane, cotton, and rice in this site.

dunlawton sugar mill ruins

dunlawton sugar mill ruins

Plan your visit

Hours: Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, except for Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Admission: Free

Location: 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd., Port Orange, FL 32129

I hope you get to visit these amazing historic plantations! As a reminder, carry mosquito repellent for your family and plan your day trip so that you can enjoy the plantations without being in a hurry.

 

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Hi there! I'm Yanitza Ninett. I'm the mom, the wife, the stepmom, and creator of Next Stop Adventures. This is a blog about our adventures and travels, as a blended family of six! I love nature, sunny days, and I love to travel and capture life with my lens.

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