Daytona Beach is legendary. Its 23 miles of pristine, white-sand beaches have earned it the nickname “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” and that’s just the first reason why so many make the pilgrimage. There’s no shortage of things to do — or not do, if you’re here to relax and unwind.
A unique tour de force, Daytona Beach caters to foodies, families, festival-goers, savvy shoppers, sports fans, hikers, bikers and romantic weekenders alike. And for those seeking out adventure beyond the beach, there’s Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, which is well worth the short drive to get there.
Superbly Situated 30 Minutes From the Beach
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park features a fascinating museum and nature preserve in a slice of paradise located just 19 miles north of Daytona Beach. The park offers a unique mix of historic plantation ruins and beautiful marshes, all within a half-hour drive of Daytona Beach. The proximity makes for a truly family-friendly day trip — you can go there in the morning and be back at the beach by mid-afternoon.
LOCATION: 3501 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Historic and Happening
Encompassing 150 acres, the park's landscape is just as diverse as its activities. The plantation home and mills date back to 1820, and the remains of what the Seminole Indians burned down in 1836 is now a walkable open museum. Complete with artifacts and historic writings, the park also offers easy-to-follow interpretive exhibits that give a glimpse into what life in the area was like centuries ago.
This video shares the mysterious ruins, a cultural artifact that dates to the 19th century.
Stroll, Hike or Bike Super-Scenic Nature Trails
Stately oaks and other hardwood trees line the photo-op-worthy nature trails that connect the park’s various areas. Spending the day under the largest remaining old-growth live oaks on the eastern coast of Florida never gets old; plus, the trees provide plenty of shaded areas. You can take the scenic route either by foot or by bike.
Canoe, Kayak or Boat Bulow Creek
If you enjoy the view on land, it’s even more impressive from the water as you make your way down the state canoe trail. But if you don’t have a paddle, don’t worry. Canoes can be rented by the day or hour from the Bulow Plantation Ruins office, or you can launch your own canoe, kayak or small boat from the boat ramp. What will you see from the water? Possibilities include lots of Instagram post-worthy wildlife, including manatees, bald eagles and great blue herons.
Hungry for More?
Whether you’re fishing, geo-seeking or picnicking, Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is a happening place for outdoor adventure of all kinds. The park also offers grills, a handicap-accessible picnic pavilion and restroom facilities.
The Adventure Continues
Bulow Plantation Ruins is directly adjacent to Bulow Creek State Park for those who want to wander longer, canoe farther and keep the adventure going.
LOCATION: 3351 Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Vacationing in Daytona Beach puts pristine beaches right at your feet and exciting natural adventures just minutes away. With a vibrant downtown, renowned shopping and plentiful nearby attractions, Daytona Beach is the foundation for remarkable memories. Start planning your trip today!