Winter Haven, Florida
Cypress Gardens will reopen as LEGOLAND® Florida in late-2011.
The first theme park in Florida, Cypress Gardens is well known for its botanical gardens, beautiful southern belles, world-famous water ski show and plenty of southern charm. While the historic botanical gardens are still the main attractions, Cypress Gardens has expanded adding 40 amusement rides and attractions, live entertainment and Splash Island water park.
The park's collection of rides are located in Adventure Grove and Bugsville. Here you'll find a large variety of children's rides and several larger, more thrilling rides for adults and teens. Cypress Gardens' collection of six roller coasters includes the Starliner, the oldest roller coaster in Florida dating back to 1963 and Triple Hurricane, a family wooden coaster introduced in 2004.
Not to be missed is Cypress Gardens' world-famous water ski show that has earned the park the distinction of being the "Water Ski Capital of the World". The show features barefoot skiing, tandem jumps and the world-famous water ski pyramid.
For dining and shopping, the park's Jubilee Junction is an old-fashioned village with many options. Sample a southern buffet at Aunt Julie's Country Kitchen or try the BBQ ribs and smoked chicken at Backwater Bill's.
Included with admission to Cypress Gardens is Splash Island water park. Open seasonally, the water park offers a 20,000 square-foot wave pool – Kowabunga Bay, relaxing lazy river, and more than a 1,000 feet of exciting water slides. For daredevils, Voodoo Plunge is two high-speed body slides that descend from a six-story platform.
Cypress Gardens also hosts a variety of concerts and special events throughout the year.
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6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Phone: (863) 324-2111
Located less than 60 minutes from Orlando or Tampa in Winter Haven. Cypress Gardens is off US Highway 27 south of Interstate 4. From Orlando take I-4 West to exit 55, Hwy 27 South. Turn right at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard and continue 4 miles.