On March 5, 2014, Legoland Florida reopened the Oriental Garden section of Cypress Gardens, along with the iconic Florida Pool. The reopening of those two areas marked the culmination of the park's ongoing restoration of the gardens, which began with the grand opening in 2011.
When Legoland Florida first opened to the public, much of the garden area opened along with it, including the historic banyan tree that was planted back in the 1930s. However, the Oriental Garden and Florida Pool remained behind fences as gardeners and other personnel worked diligently to restore them.
Click the slideshow accompanying the article to see what the Oriental Garden looks like after years of work. As of March 6 it's open to the general public. The garden area is included with regular park admission, and it's always a serene oasis in the midst of what can sometimes be a busy, hectic park.
As you'll see by the photos, the Oriental Garden is a particularly quiet and contemplative area, with statues, a large golden Buddha, waterfalls, and places to sit and chill out. The Florida Pool is also a great area to visit. Go to this article to see a slideshow of the pool and the March 5 reopening ceremony, which was attended by community leaders, elected officials, and members of the media. To see the southern belles who returned for this special occasion, go to this article.