WINTER HAVEN HAS 50 LAKES WITHIN ITS BORDERS, INCLUDING ITS FAMOUS CHAIN OF LAKES.
The lakes are by far the city's most distinctive feature. Winter Haven bills itself as "The Chain of Lakes City".
The lakes in Winter Haven teem with life, including alligators, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more. The Winter Haven lakes are a renowned spot for bass fishing.
The opening of Cypress Gardens in 1936 by Dick Pope, Sr. and his wife, Julie Pope put Winter Haven on the map. They first got the idea for the park from a Good Housekeeping magazine that they were reading. Together they created America's first theme park, and by the 1950s, Cypress Gardens was nationally famous. It featured a beautiful botanical garden, water skiing shows, and a staff of southern belles. Many famous celebrities of that time visited the park, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, and King Hussein of Jordan.
On January 21, 2010, the site of Cypress Gardens was formally announced as the selected location for Legoland Florida, which opened on October 15, 2011.
Legoland Florida is a state-of-the-art, world-class theme park that successfully retained some of the tradition and history of the original site, including part of the original botanical garden and a water ski show.
Located just 30 minutes South of I-4 for trips to Disney World in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa and the Beautiful Florida Beaches on Each Coast.
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