Florida is now known for its tourism and attractions, but in 1936 there was only one commercial theme park in the state, Cypress Gardens. This Winter Haven gem began as a botanical garden and was the setting of many classic films. It boasted a bevy of Southern Belles and perhaps most notably, hosted its first water skiing show in 1943. The rest is history, and has made the way for many water sports enthusiasts.
The Cypress Gardens Water Ski show would run for 66 years, while breaking over 50 World Records. These skiers were a cross between athletes and entertainers and first started as entertainment for returning soldiers. The incredible performers would execute jumps, form pyramids and ski barefoot. Blog Cabin 2014 pays homage to this piece of the past in a few different ways. For example, this vintage water ski hangs proudly in the living room.
Vintage water skiing charm makes another appearance in the backyard. These chairs have been crafted from classic water skis. From their position, overlooking the lake, the lucky winner will have an excellent view of everyone enjoying Lake Hamilton.
The artwork in the living room is actually a reprint of a Winter Haven postcard. These sassy synchronized skiers act as sirens calling people from all over the world to come and visit the water ski capital of the world.
Sadly Cypress Gardens closed its doors in 2009, ending a splashy and spectacular chapter in history. Fortunately, however, the stunning botanical gardens have become part of Lego Land Florida and have been preserved. And thank goodness the wonderful tradition of exceptional water skiing has been protected by the Cypress Gardens Skiers. They have started their own independent Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team and the legacy lives on.