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Sunland Center State Park
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Sunland Center State Park is a serene, picturesque location that offers visitors an array of outdoor activities. The park features lush greenery and diverse wildlife, making it perfect for nature enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing spots and bird-watching opportunities within the park's boundaries. Its tranquil environment makes Sunland Center State Park an ideal spot for relaxation or adventure amid natural beauty.

History of the Area
Located in Marianna, Florida, the park was originally a hospital for tuberculosis patients established in 1952. It later became Sunland Training Center for individuals with developmental disabilities until its closure due to allegations of abuse and neglect. In 1983 it reopened as Dozier School for Boys which also faced similar accusations leading to its shutdown in 2011. The site is now managed by the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks since being designated a state park.

Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES web page.

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Like something out of a fairytale, a long time ago someone put two steam passenger train cars from 1892 and created something magical, a house This magical home is one of a kind and an experience you dont want to miss.
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Directions from Miami, Florida:

- Start on I-95 N.
- Take exit 12B for FL-826 W/FL Turnpike.
- Merge onto FL's Turnpike.

From Orlando, Florida:

- Begin at the Central Blvd and Division Ave intersection in downtown Orlando.
- Head south towards S Orange Blossom Trail / US17 S /US441S
- Continue to follow US17 South.

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