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Botanical Gardens at Legoland Florida

Possibly the most magical part of LEGOLAND Florida, the Botanical Gardens aren’t flashy, loud, or have moving parts.

Instead, it is a quiet place, tucked away in the impressively updated LEGOLAND, a spot that pays homage to the early history of Florida’s tourism and a bygone era - a time when people would pay to see a park that was full of native flora, meticulously kept and manicured.

In the early 1940s, owner Dick Pope was a savvy businessman, taking full-color pictures of the gardens and sending them to advertising agencies in the north, boasting of the warm weather and bountiful sunshine.

As interest in the park grew, the Popes added other attractions to the area, including beautiful Southern Belles, young girls dressed in period clothing who talked with visitors, and an incredible water-ski show on the waters of Lake Eloise.

Throughout the growing popularity, the gardens were always the most impressive and beautiful draw to the area.

Even though the park area has changed hands multiple times since the Popes transferred ownership to their son in the 1980s, the gardens flourished.

The History Continues

Now maintained by the watchful eyes of LEGOLAND, the history of the Botanical Gardens is celebrated with a daily waterski show, and even life-sized Southern Belles made entirely of Legos.

The center of the Gardens remains the incredible banyan tree, which was planted by the Popes in 1939.

The entrance to the Botanical Gardens is tucked between Imagination Zone and Pirate’s Cove.

A lovely Lego Southern Belle in a yellow dress signals the entrance to the gardens.

The picturesque banyan tree is toward the back of the Botanical Gardens.

Visitors of any age are welcome to enjoy the gardens.

By Marie Ospina
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