Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a state park located in Palm Harbor, Florida. The address is 17350 Gulf Coast Highway. It contains the historic Washington Oaks Mansion and other buildings of historical significance built by Addison Mizner, a prominent architect who practiced during the first part of the 20th century.
The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Washington Oaks-Mizner House-Estate. In 2015, the city acquired the land from a private owner with support from the Friends of Washington Oaks, a citizen group that worked to preserve the estate after it fell into disrepair following the death of its last family member in 2005. Under the agreement with the city, the state park will manage the property as an official site for the history of the community, opening up the mansion to public tours starting Memorial Day weekend. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors.
The mansion can only be toured in conjunction with one or two other selected sites within the park. The mansion has been closed since 2010 because of major structural issues. However, thanks to a $4.6 million renovation project funded by the state’s Preservation 2000 program, the house will reopen to the public on May 24, 2016. Tours of the gardens will continue throughout the year. A visitor center open daily except Tuesday through Friday (10am – 4pm).
Annual events include Halloween Weekend, Christmas in the Garden, Presidents’ Day Weekend, Easter Brunch, Mother’s day brunch, Weddings, receptions, business meetings, etc. The grounds are used for picnics, outdoor theater, fairs, festivals, parades, political rallies, etc. There is also a campground with full hookup facilities and a beach across the street from the mansion.