Sugar Mill Ruins of Florida’s Historic Coast

We love visiting historic sites! There’s something so cool about sugar mill ruins and 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! This historic coast covers from Ponte Vedra Beach down to Flagler Beach and it’s amazing.

Sugar Mill Plantations in Florida

These are some of our favorite Sugar Mill Plantation Ruins on 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 them, 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.

sugar mill plantations in florida

You’ll also need 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.

1. New Smyrna Ruins

These beautiful New Smyrna Sugar Mill ruins are Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They were once the site of a steam-operated sugarcane mill, back in the 1830s.

new smyrna 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

2. The Dummit Plantation

These Dummit ruins are located on Old Dixie Hwy, close to Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach. They are the 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

3. Bulow Sugar Mill Plantation Ruins

These ruins are the main attraction of the Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bulow Plantation ruins are located in Flagler Beach and have been operating since 1820. They were once the largest sugar mill in the state of Florida.

It was later burned down by the Seminoles during the Seminole War in 1836.

bulow plantation state park
bulow plantation state park

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

4. Dunlawton Sugar Factory

Located in Port Orange, Dunlawton Sugar Factory is undoubtedly a place full of incredible history!

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

dunlawton factory
dunlawton sugar mill ruins

Plan your visit

Hours: Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s 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 you can enjoy the plantations without being in a hurry.

Yanitza Ninett
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Yanitza is one 1/2 of the Next Stop Adventures dynamic duo with 15+ years of hiking experience and adventure travel. As a PADI-certified Scuba diver, she's also passionate about ocean conservation. When she's not exploring the great outdoors, Yanitza obsesses over The Vampire Diaries and dreams of traveling to Spain.

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