Florida on a Tankful: Stomping through Bongoland Ruins

PORT ORANGE — Perry Sperber Jr. comes to the trails inside the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens frequently. He is wandered this land because he was a younger boy. 

What You Want To Know

  • Bongoland Ruins is an previous Florida roadside sights
  • It used to function tram rides, animals and large dinosaur sculptures

He introduced together black-and-white images from his time invested listed here, back in the 1950s. On the other hand, this location was not constantly gardens. It was Bongoland Ruins, an aged Florida roadside attraction with tram rides, animals, and large dinosaur sculptures that his father assisted layout. 

“I have recollections of it all, not only of the dinosaurs but the whole attraction that was out listed here,” Sperber reported. 

Perry’s father, Perry Sperber M.D., helped to structure the notion for Bongoland Ruins and performed a substantial component in obtaining the massive sculptures to the place. Approximately 6 a long time later on, some of them even now stand, even if the paint has virtually worn off. 

Now that the park has closed, it is a peaceful oasis that the more youthful Sperber visits to reminisce and honor his late father’s legacy. 

“Just the simple fact that it was his idea and the development of them has been so fun for so a lot of many years to so several people today that have appear to the park, particularly little ones,” said Sperber.

The Bongoland Ruins are now a piece of previous Florida record that may possibly crumble but will reside on via the shots and reminiscences of the Sperber household. 

The Bongoland Ruins are portion of the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens. The place is fully cost-free and open to the general public. They are open from 8 a.m. to 5  p.m. each day except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.