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The nearby waters in Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV park are what set it apart. On top of the amenities featured at this location, there is a world of amusement just outside our community. For example, the Smyrna Dunes Park! This family attraction is about 8 miles from Sugar Mill and offers a days worth of fun for you to enjoy. It lies on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula. In addition, the park is surrounded by water giving you enough fishing and swimming opportunities! Learn more about this wonderful park.

Animals and Vegetation

If you’re an animal lover, Smyrna Dunes Park is the place for you. There are a variety of animals including birds, reptiles, and marine life all around. Not to mention, throughout the park you will find scenic vegetation of natural Florida. Uniquely, this park is one of a few county parks that allow entry of pets, as long as they are on a leash at all times.

Ecosystems

Smyrna Dunes park consists of five ecosystems, which are the dunes, ocean, river, scrub zone, and saltwater marsh. The park’s principle system is found in the vast sand dunes. Because the they are so sensitive, the park protects them with two miles of elevated walkways, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower. Each ecosystem contributes to the excellence of the park.

Activities

Due to all the surrounding water, Smyrna Dunes Park provides exquisite opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. In terms of fishing, all bathers have the right of way. There are no lifeguards on duty. Never swim alone and be sure to swim at your own risk. What’s a day without some good food? Smyrna Dunes Park provides grills at the main pavilion. Not only are there plenty of activities, but the warm Florida climate will make for a successful day.

Features and Amenities

This park will not let you down. Rated about 5 stars by visitors, there is plenty of features to take advantage of. In short, here are all the things you can explore at Smyrna Dunes Park!

  • Dune walkover (1.5 miles long)
  • Educational programs (call park manager for more information)
  • Fishing   
  • Nature trails
  • Observation tower
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic tables
  • Riverside fishing pier
  • Swimming

Start With Garber Communities

All the adventure begins with your visit to Garber Communities. Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV Park is a fine choice for beach and island lifestyle. Don’t wait any longer to make your stop. Contact us today to reserve your space and be a part of the relaxing environment found in Garber Communities.

There’s a lot to explore in the areas around you. This attraction is a great way to learn more about your surrounding community. Tour Lake Placid is only about 1 mile from Paradise Village 55+ community! It takes about a 5 minute drive to expand your knowledge of Lake Placid, Florida. This attraction offers guests more than just history. Dive into what makes this town special by paying it a quick visit.

The Town of Murals

The Lake Placid Mural Society formed this attraction to beautify the town and tell its history. The Town of Murals is an outdoor art gallery with over 47 larger than life murals! Interestingly, some of these murals have sound, while most of them have hidden items.  The murals are designed along with companion pieces such as 17 one-of-a-kind trash containers. Other design pieces found in the Town of Murals include 45 bird plaques, over 27 clown cut-outs, a life-size bronze Florida black bear and so much more. In addition, guests are able to embark on tours of the area and art galleries. You can book a group tour, experience self- guided tours, or purchase a bus tour of the art galleries for only $6.

Titles and Significance

Lake Placid, Florida carries approximately 1800 residents. Surprisingly, as small as the area may be, Lake Placid is known for having a series of many titles. Due to the 27 pristine lakes found within this small town, Lake Placid is given the title of Florida’s Lake Country. With its thriving nature, there’s more than just lakes that make Lake Placid significant. It is the Caladium capital of the world! 95% of the world’s caladiums are grown right in this little town. Like stated above, Lake Placid is also known as the Town of Murals.

Toby’s Clown School

In addition to the many sights found in the Town of Murals, “Tour Lake Placid” consists of the American Clown Museum and School. Since 1993, Toby’s clowns have been bringing smiles to life. Lake Placid has the distinction of having more clowns per capita than any town in Florida. Keith Stokes (also known as Toby) began spending time in Lake Placid, where he began to miss being a Shrine clown. He organized the first class of clowns and graduated 6 clowns. Now, more than 1500 clowns have graduated from the American Clown School. The mission of Toby’s Clown School is to teach the art of clowning and to spread Smiles, Love & Laughter. On the exterior walls, you will discover two of Lake Placid’s famous murals. One is “Toby’s First Clown Class”, by Keith Goodson. The other is “The Art of Clowning”, by Monica Turner. Visit the gift-shop where you can purchase souvenirs, clothing, costumes and clown memoribilia.

The Lake Placid Country Fair

This fair is held annually on the first full weekend in February. There are over 200 arts and crafts booths, plenty of food and continuous entertainment.  The two-day event draws thousands of visitors, and has become one of the largest in the state. You can also take a shuttle van to the cafeteria of the Lake Placid Elementary School, where the best artists and crafters present their work to be judged.

Visit Lake Placid

There is a lot to explore even in a little town. During your stay at Paradise Village, pay a visit to some of the nearest attractions. Combine our community amenities with those found around the area. “Tour Lake Placid” is the first step to getting involved.



Located in the sweet area of New Smyrna Beach, Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV Park is a wonderful area for retirees. With local attractions and a nearby beach, you can take full advantage of your stay. One of many local attractions is the Marine Science Center, in Ponce Inlet. Beneficially, the Marine Science Center is located about 20 miles from Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV Park. Pay it a quick visit and learn more about the wonders of marine life.

Environmental Learning

The Marine Science Center offers a broad variety of programs and activities for both children and adults throughout the year. The Marine Science Center is the perfect place for learning about our Volusia County’s rich environment and ways we can conserve it. With features such as the new aquatic touch pool, the Marine Science Center researches how it can help preserve the environment and its species.

Aquarium

The Marine Science Center Gallery has a 5,000 gallon hexagonal artificial reef aquarium. With its new aquatic touch pool, you can enjoy a hands-on experience with cow-nose stingrays and hermit crabs.

Rehabilitation Center

The Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary officially opened in June, 2014. It has treated more than 13,000 birds from more than 190 different species. This bird rehabilitation facility is fully equipped to care and treat injured and sick birds. The rehabilitation center was named for Mary Keller, a longtime local bird rehabber who has dedicated more than 30 years to care for sick and injured birds in Volusia County. Take a walk through our dune habitat. Feel free to look at the sea turtle nest and the wide variety of local fish.

Shop

The Marine Science Center Gift shop carries a vast selection of nautical merchandise and souvenirs. Dive into the aquatic world by investing in marine related educational books, videos, puzzles, games, and toys. There are also garden treasures and house ware items. In addition, they offer a custom line of t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring sea turtles and seabirds that are perfect for the whole family. From 14K gold sea turtle charms to sterling silver dolphin bracelets the diverse jewelry in the gift shop is unique and beautiful.

Tower and Trail

Huddled within the maritime habitat, is the outstanding view of the surrounding area including Ponce Inlet. You can go up the tower and search for bald eagles, osprey, Peregrine falcons, and various other bird species including pelicans, terns, cormorants, herons, and egrets.

Visit Sugar Mill

Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV Park is a calm atmosphere for 55+ adults and seniors to kick back and relax. Only a few steps away from the beach, consider Sugar Mill a great escape. We offer great quality mobile homes that are waiting on you! Contact us today.

The Archbold Biological Station is located about 9 miles from Paradise Village. The station is is one of the most renowned in the world and is dedicated to long-term ecological research. It is part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage. Ranging from the pristine, ancient sand dunes of the Lake Wales Ridge to the waters, wetlands, and wildlife of the vast open ranch-lands, the health of the headwaters affects millions of Floridians. The Archbold Biological Station is one of the most important in America, and its scientists fight to build a sustainable future for Florida.

Data

Archbold manages and distributes a wide range of climatologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, and biotic research that detects global trends. Their long-term goal is to have comprehensive metadata/data from monitoring and research programs available over the Internet. Archbold has comprehensive species lists for many plants and animals, and holding lists for the biological collection.

Land Management

Archbold Biological Station manages about 8,600 acres of land in south-central Florida. The 5,000-acre Station property is preserved as a matrix of pristine native habitats, including oak and rosemary scrubs, sandhills, pine flatwoods, cutthroat seeps and seasonal wetlands. The other 3,600-acres contain both natural areas and extensive cattle pastures.

Education

Another dedication of Archbold Biological Station is sharing its knowledge and habitat with students of many ages. From as young as third grade through continuing adults, the Station provides environmental education opportunities. There are four daily programs presented by the teacher and developed by Archbold, followed by a full-day visit to the Station. More than 1,300 children participate in this program annually. The Station also conducts a summer day camp,, for children (ages 7-12).

Visit Today

Paradise Village is only a 15 minute drive from this historic attraction. Whether you love nature, conservation, science, history or living green, visiting Archbold is a great way to learn, relax, and enjoy a unique atmosphere. You can sign in by completing the Release of Liability form at the Welcome Office or pick up a brochure or nature trail guidebook to begin your adventure.

Pasco County operates this regional park near the Withlacoochee River. The District provides the county with the use of 146 acres of the Green Swamp to accommodate riverfront access for the canoe launch, dock and 1.5 miles of hiking trails. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the river and a mosaic of habitat communities, from high sandhills to low riverine swamp.

Park Amenities

  • 406 Acres
  • Fishing Access / Pier / Dock / Boardwalk
  • Picnic Area / Shelters / Pavilion
  • Observation Tower
  • Playground / Restrooms
  • Canoe / Kayak Access
  • Trails (Nature and All-Purpose Paved)
  • Camping / RV Area
  • Open Space

Fishing & Boating

The park includes a canoe/kayak dock right on the Withlacoochee River where you can launch your canoe or kayak or cast a line from the pier and go fishing. The annual Fall Family Fishing Festival is held at the park in the beginning of November where you can get fishing tips, learn how to cast, meet others that have the same interest and we also provide lunch and door prizes. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Fishing is permitted along the river. You have to be 16 years old and above as well as have a valid Florida fishing license to participate.