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Cape Coral Gardens

Cape Coral Gardens

The Cape Coral Gardens at the Rose Gardens opened in 1964.  Along with the beautiful rose gardens and lush tropical plants, you could see a replica of a Spanish galleon, a porpoise show, animal exhibits  and the Waltzing Waters fountain.  At the entrance you would see a replica of the Iwo Jima statue, which has since been moved to its home near Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. 
GAC Properties, Inc. closed the Gardens after a final performance on Labor Day 1970 with nearly a thousand spectators in attendance.  The Waltzing Waters attraction was moved to the German American Club on Pine Island Rd. later that same year.  In 1971, Waltzing Waters Aquarama was opened and included some of the water-based attractions from the Gardens. 
Click here to read a March 1976 news article about Otto Przystawik, who he was and how the Waltzing Waters feature became a part of Cape Coral.  This article was submitted by Phyllis Koelber through our historical outreach.
For those of you who had the privilege to see it, you well know that the Gardens were not a place to be forgotten!