On Florida's east coast, among crashing waves and sandy shores, there lies a hidden piece of history just waiting to be explored. The Turnbull Ruins near Orlando is a hidden gem that has a lot of history behind it. Even better, you can go out and explore it for free.

Situated in the heart of New Smyrna Beach, the ruins are made up of coquina rocks that were the foundation of a mansion that was partially built on the land.

There is some debate among historians as to whether the ruins were part of the building's foundation or if it was there long before Dr. Andrew Turnbull dreamed up his mansion.

Whatever the case, the Turnbull Ruins have become a fascinating part of the landscape of downtown New Smyrna Beach.

The ruins are listed under the National Register of Historic Places and are now part of Old Fort Park, a city park that sits adjacent to the city's marina.

The ruins are free to enter and explore, and you can walk around the labyrinth that would make the perfect place for the ultimate game of hide and seek.

The canal-like structure of the ruins makes it easy to get lost within the site.

The ruins are also a popular spot for ghost hunters looking to find any spirits that may still haunt the land. 

It's a fascinating site that encourages wonderment and exploration in this beach town not far from Mickey's kingdom. 

Turnbull Ruins

Price: FREE

Address: 115 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 

Why You Need To Go: These mysterious old ruins can be explored for free and make for the ultimate game of hide and seek.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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