Eden Gardens State Park, Point Washington

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#7 of 16 in Historic Sites in Florida Panhandle
Eden Gardens State Park is a 163acre Florida State Park and historic site located in Point Washington, south of Freeport, FL, off U.S. 98 on CR 395, in northwestern Florida at 181 Eden Gardens Road (CR 395), Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32450. This park is centered on the Wesley house, a two story mansion virtually surrounded by white columns and verandas. The house is notable for its furnishings, especially examples of late 18th century French furniture. The site has various gardens, numerous large, old southern live oak trees, and frontage on Tucker Bayou.The park opens daily at 8:00 am and closes at sunset. An entry fee is required.Recreational ActivitiesThe park's amenities include a historic 1897 house filled with antiques where tours are given from 10:00 am through 3:00 p.m. on the hour, every hour, Thursday through Monday (the house is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for maintenance). There are ornamental gardens with heritage roses, camellias, azaleas, as well as a butterfly garden and a reflection pond filled with water lilies and large koi. For those that like the more natural look, there are nature trails as well as picnic areas and a fishing dock.Those with paddle-craft can enter Tucker Bayou or venture out to the Choctawhatchee Bay. The is Annual Camellia Festival held in February and a Christmas Luminary Event is held before Christmas. Easter events are also held.
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  • The website did not say no house tours on Christmas Day (Monday) so was disappointed. The Camelia bushes were beautiful and enjoyed walking on the grounds. Will return again when in the area.  more »
  • Sat. Dec 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 the Wesley House was open to the public. The grounds were lit with 2,028 luminaries. The entire house was decorated. While it was crowded the lines kept moving at a com...  more »
  • It is a beautiful house to tour. Unfortunately, photos aren't allowed inside due to protecting the antiques. But, you may walk all around the grounds outside and see the bayou, lots of oaks with Spani...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful state park. Huge trees, water, and a gorgeous southern mansion. Perfect for weddings and family photos.
  • Gorgeous venue. Having my wedding here. The location is beautiful, the staff are nice, and it is just wonderful.
  • Beautiful state park! We enjoyed walking the garden and are considering a state park pass to come here to picnic. It was so quiet, a retreat from the crowded areas around 98. As much as we enjoyed seeing the park, we felt like the tour of the house could have been better for the additional fee we paid.
  • Very nice place to stroll through the gardens and pretend that you are in the old South. Huge trees hanging with Spanish moss and a great lawn with reflecting pool and fountain. Take a picnic and enjoy a few hours away from the beach.
  • Could not have hoped for a more beautiful setting. And to have the area all to ourselves was priceless. It was an honor to be under such an ancient tree on such an important day.

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