If you think a Florida vacation is nothing but beaches, swimming and boating, take the time to visit Eden Gardens State Park for an interesting and educating cultural experience. Take the scenic Highway 30A up the coast, turn right on to highway 395 in Seagrove Beach, and enjoy driving through the beautiful state forest before reaching your destination. The drive from the Rosemary Beach® community is about fifteen minutes.
The Historic Wesley House
The highlight of the 163-acre Eden Gardens State Park is the Historic Wesley House, where you can learn about the family who built it, one of the first to settle in the Point Washington area. Built in 1897, the home is a beautiful two-story mansion with dramatic white columns and a classic wrap-around porch. The majestic home, surrounded with mossy live oaks, will take you to a bygone era of southern prosperity. You’ll also learn about the home’s benefactress, Ms. Lois Maxon, who purchased it and renovated it extensively before donating the property to the Florida Park Service in 1968.
Take a Tour
On the guided tour you can see the quality build of this lovingly preserved home, which still features its original pine siding, flooring, and 95% of its original glass windows. Inside the home, you can view Ms. Maxon’s vast collection of furniture, including relics and antiques from as early as 1790. Tours start at 10 am and continue at the top of every hour until 3 pm, Thursday through Monday. The house is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours last 30 to 45 minutes, admission is only $4 for adults and $2 for children, and you’ll be accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide.
Enjoy the Outdoors at Eden Gardens State Park
Another highlight of the park is the beautifully manicured ornamental gardens. Including a heritage rose garden, butterfly garden, and secret garden with paths winding through the grounds, the early spring months are an enviable time to visit Eden Gardens State Park Florida and see it in bloom. Originally designed and planned for Ms. Maxon, the gardens and grounds feature showstopping azaleas and over 250 camellias. Wander through the grounds and you might even find yourself at a quiet reflection pond, filled with koi fish and water lilies. If you want to go fishing or paddling on the Intracoastal Waterway or the Choctawhatchee Bay, the park has a boat launch on Tucker Bayou, which connects to both bodies of water. Other activities include hiking, picnicking, and a screened pavilion with kitchen and bathroom that is available to rent for meetings or reunions.
Don’t miss this beautiful piece of Florida history! Plan your visit to Eden Gardens State Park Florida today, and don’t forget to book your lovely Rosemary Beach community vacation rental property with us! If yuo0’re planning on a Summer trip to Rosemary Beach, book one of our best Summer vacation rentals today.