Bongoland is an abandoned theme park with prehistoric creatures, located in Florida, US. Bongoland was owned by Perry Sperber, the first dermatologist in Daytona Beach. It was named for “Bongo,” a large baboon that lived there. The park operated until 1952 due to “lack of public interest”.
Patrick Dean, an immigrant from the Bahamas, purchased a 995-acre piece of land in 1804 to grow cotton, rice, and sugarcane. Unfortunately, his plans were short-lived when he died during the First Seminole Indian War in 1818. After his death, the plantation passed through several hands and the land was divided into smaller portions.
In 1948 Dr. Perry Sperber leased the land for a park and enlisted Manny Lawrence to create huge dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.The park also included a recreated Seminole village, the historic sugar mill ruins. However, In 1952, just 5 years after it opened, Bongoland was closed and abandoned.
Today, the Bongoland is home to the Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens. Several of Bongoland’s concrete replica “prehistoric monsters” still exist and can be seen throughout the Gardens. Four of the monsters survive and are now protected as relics of Florida’s heritage.