Florida has built a bit of a reputation for itself as being a historically creepy place. Locals have endless fun innocently taunting tourists with cryptic warnings, ominous myths, and the eerie on-goings of the Sunshine State. If you're looking for abandoned Florida places to explore, we have just the spot in mind. Beneath the foliage and undergrowth of Port Orange lies one of those stories: the eerie remains of a 1930s amusement park called Bongoland.\nThis is a little hideaway where the dead stone eyes of cement dinosaurs stare hollowly as you pass by, and ruins of the old mill still creak in the wind, draped in Spanish moss.\nAccording to the official website, it’s a place with history, but not all of it pleasant.\nWhat is now the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens began as a functioning sugar mill before Florida was even a state in 1845. The property then passed through a few different owners, one of which was killed. It was later burned down in the Second Seminole Indian War.\nWhile it was rebuilt and active from 1849 to 1853, the mill was burned down yet again in the Third Seminole Indian War and became camp headquarters for the St. John Rangers during the Civil War in 1862.\nView this post on Instagram Reminiscences of the ups and downs of early industrial activity in the southeastern U.S.: #dunlawton #sugar #mill near #daytona #florida A post shared by Michael Reiter (@michaelreiterpr) on Feb 10, 2019 at 3:59pm PST\nFinally, things started to look up for the property in 1939 when it was leased to Dr. Perry Sperber, who converted it into an amusement park.\nView this post on Instagram hey little buddy🦖 A post shared by 𝙰𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚑 (@aleah.palmer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 5:10pm PST\nBongoland featured an Indian village, animals, a train to ride that wound guests through the paths, and a monkey named Bongo, which inspired the park’s namesake.\nThis era is also where we get the dinosaur replicas and statues from, still as whole and eerie as ever.\nView this post on Instagram 🦕 Life finds a way. A post shared by Evan Birchfield (@evanbirchfield) on Aug 21, 2019 at 2:56pm PDT\nAfter just five years, Bongoland inevitably closed, and in 1985, the property was restored into the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens.\nOpen to the public, guests can wander the storied grounds and enjoy the myriad of plant life that thrives there today. And the concrete dinosaurs still watch as you walk by, defying nature and withstanding the test of time.\nDunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens\nPrice: Free admission\nAddress: 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: Explore the creepy old remains of an ancient theme park!\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.