Eden Gardens State Park, Point Washington

(4.6/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
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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  • Good place to get away from the craziness and traffic of Destin. Great place for picnic and fishing. Nature walk, great house full of antiques to tour. Very relaxing.  more »
  • This place was recommended to us by a local woman named Chris we met while biking on 30A. So for a break from the beach and biking we headed over for a visit with some friends who were also visiting t...  more »
  • Enjoyed a beautiful day walking the grounds filled with camellias azaleas and live oaks. Bayou was interesting. Home built in 1897 and has unique history. Tour price was very reasonable  more »
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  • Very peaceful and serene place. Don't forget to bring a few dollars to slip into the honesty box upon entry. I saw a bear in one of the trails i walked.
  • Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. Be sure to check online or call ahead to find out what times the guided tour of the house is. We got there late, just as the 3 people who were on the tour were leaving and the guide shut the door in our face. We discovered the last tour was at 3 or 4, and we just missed it. Knowing the history of the place would've made the experience better. We'll go back, but we'll check tour times next time.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. Great place to have weddings, or to take photos. There's several nature paths to walk along as you explore the park, but they're not advertised very much, so you have to go out of your way to find them. You need cash to get in, and they don't give you change, so make sure bring a lot of $1 bills with you.
  • Beautiful landscaping! This was a perfect place to take pics of my daughter! It was peaceful and not crowded, so I was able to take my time and take lots of pictures!
  • Absolutely gorgeous!!! Really great for weddings or just a picnic in the park. Great photo ops.