Cypress Gardens plans to continue with its seasonal operating schedule through November. This past September the Gardens decided to open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to lack of attendance during this time of year. Fridays in September were known as “$5 Fridays” and drew crowds they may not have normally visited the park otherwise. The entertainment schedule on Saturdays and Sunday included Asphalt Assault (a BMX and biking demonstration with bands), HT3 Bass fishing Tournament, Hot Water Jet Ski competition, Victoria Huggins in concert and Girl Scout Journeys.
The last Friday of September was a very successful one as the park welcomed more than 8,000 visitors taking advantage of $5 Fridays. This was an improvement from the 200 or so visitors per day last year in September. The Gardens actually saw one of its most profitable months last month.
“We realize that times are tough for people but we would like to make family fun affordable while keeping Cypress Gardens profitable, ensuring it will be around for generations to enjoy,” stated Rob Harper, co-owner of Cypress Gardens.
To continue with affordable family fun, Cypress Gardens is introducing a special promotion for two upcoming Fridays, Oct. 10 and 17. The first 10,000 visitors will receive admission into the park for just $10. Cypress Gardens has also adjusted the schedule so that Splash Island will be open Friday through Sunday in October. The world famous ski show that is performed on Saturdays and Sundays, will also be added to two Fridays in October, the 17th and 24th. Country singer Billy Currington will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Cypress Gardens is located in Winter Haven, about an hour from Orlando. Regular admission is $39.95, plus tax for ages 10 to 59. Child admission is $34.95 plus tax for ages 3 to 9 and senior admission is $34.95, plus tax for 60 and over. For more event details visit www.cypressgardens.com.