Families from all across Florida welcomed Legoland to the site of the iconic Cypress Gardens park in Winter Haven. Here's Josh Cascio's report from October 15, 2011.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the effort to turn Cypress Gardens into Legoland Florida. Originally aired August 2, 2011 -- two months before the park opened.
The park was rebranded in 2004 as 'Cypress Gardens Adventure Park,' though the opening was delayed by three hurricanes, as Bull Murphy explains in this report from November 2004.
Here’s what a traveler crossing Florida would have seen in the early 1960s, everything from a Fort Lauderdale airboat ride to Marineland to a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. Produced by Beckley Films in cooperation with FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
This early movie begins with St. Augustine. Next, people are shown catching turtles at Silver Springs. The film continues with brief scenes of Marineland, Palm Beach, Bok Tower, water skiing at Cypress Gardens, St. Petersburg, Miami, Seminoles in the Everglades, and more. Produced by Castle Films. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
This circa 1963 film provides a look at Polk County, showing citrus groves and processing, Bok Tower, the Great Masterpiece and Cypress Gardens. An unusual scenic attraction is Sand Mountain, a phosphate debris pile. Next is a cattle farm and then Florida Southern College. Produced by Sanborn Film Productions; sponsored by Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Video courtesy State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
Professional skiers demonstrate tricks and jumps at Cypress Gardens in this 1958 video produced by Cypress Gardens. Video courtesy State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
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Amalie Arena was electric with Lightning fans watching on the big screen as the Bolts faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes. The watch party inside the venue on Sunday kicked off the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It’s a busy weekend for law enforcement, especially the Coast Guard. They’re encouraging boaters to be prepared and have a plan.
After its Riverview location closed, the Four Stacks Brewing Company in Apollo Beach was a close second – but locals weren’t going to let that happen.
Summer school is expected to take on double duty this year since many students fell behind because of the pandemic. Pinellas County administrators are hoping the kids can catch up through their summer learning program.
Decades ago, pro-wrestlers would compete with all their heart inside the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, including legends like the late Dusty Rhodes and Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Jack Brisco -- one-half of the tag team ‘Brisco Brothers’ -- passed away in 2010. At the time, he was a resident of Tampa Bay.
The past, present and future of Tampa’s wrestling history are tied together. Eddie Graham in the 60s. The Brisco Brothers in the 70s. There was also Macho Man and, of course, Hulkmania.
A 9-year-old boy is recovering after being bitten by a shark in South Florida. Video via WSVN Miami.