Port Orange, Florida: Ruins of Bongoland
- 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL
- I-95 exit 260A. East on Beville Rd (Hwy 400) about three miles, then south on Nova Rd about three miles. East on Herbert St, then bear left onto Old Sugar Mill Rd. Parking lot on the right.
- Daily 8am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
- Free, donations.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Crumbling home-built dinosaurs are all that remain of an attraction named after a baboon. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Ruins of Bongoland
I phoned, as suggested, but didn't get a call back. The botanical garden where the five "prehistoric monsters" are located seems to be open regularly. Later on the same day I went to a related commercial attraction, Dinosaur World -- compare and contrast![Rob, 05/24/2013]
Bongoland is one of the prettiest places I've ever been. The live oaks are worth the trip.[Melly, 01/15/2013]
Fantastic for someone looking for a good laugh. The gardens are very pretty, with Spanish moss hanging from large trees. There were five statues we found. The ever-popular "Tricertops" -- yes triceratops as misspelled on the sign, but corrected with a sign right in front of it. T-rex with a collapsed head. Stegosaurus is in decent shape but probably wouldn't have a neck and head attached if it weren't for the prop under its chin. A giant sloth; a small, well-hidden dimetrodon-like statue; and a pile of rocks with a name sign that escapes me now, but it wasn't a dinosaur name that I recognized so I'm not sure what it was. Well worth the trip if you're headed anywhere in Florida on I-95 and pass Daytona -- it really isn't that far off the highway.[Mike Swanson, 10/19/2012]
Maybe the pile of rocks was dinosaur poop?
The Dunlawton Plantation Sugar Mill Ruins, once a highly functional sugar mill, were built during the uprisings of the Native Americans in the early 19th century. This 17 acre historic site contains the ruins of a the highly functional sugar mill, as well as other buildings. This rare collection also includes the gear mechanisms of the rolling sugar cane press, iron boiling kettles, steam furnace, and pistons. These were used in operating the press employed to process sugar, molasses, and rum. The site was destroyed during the war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. The Sugar Mill Ruins evoke a time long ago when the Seminole Indians fought the settlers, ending the area's molasses and sugar industries. On August 12, 1970, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[Renee, 09/18/2009]
Also the site of the ruins of Bongoland, a theme park.