Once we arrived in the area, we shot out a text to the local missionaries to see what they recommended. They told us they hadn't done a lot of sight seeing - which is always a good sign - but they had heard of a couple of plantations and a park, and some of them mentioned Cypress Gardens. That was a winner!
The cost to enter the park was just right with a senior and a military discount! Once inside the park, we could have taken a paddle boat out at no charge, but we opted for a guided tour which was $5 each. It was so worth it! Our guide, Mark, was very knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating! He had us out on the "swamp-lake" for 45 minutes.
Out on the dock waiting for the guided boat tour
Cypress knees everywhere!
Great boat ride through the swamp/lake!
I'd like to be here in Spring with lilies in full bloom!
A bridge that was in the movie, The Notebook
Bald Cypress Trees has needles but they change color in the fall and drop over the winter!
What a beautiful scene!