The Sunshine State is a bit of a weird place. Between the theme parks, gator filled swamplands, and enchanting natural gems we never could have imagined existed there is no shortage of things to do here. Among Florida's hidden gems is this secret event center that has some seriously unique vibes.\nKnown as the Kapok Special Events & Gardens, this little location is hidden in a corner of Clearwater you likely wouldn’t expect.\nNamed after the Kapok tree, the original inn was transformed into a massive music store that's still there today; just beyond this music store, you'll stumble into a huge parking lot where you'll find an unassuming gate.\nWhat this gate guards is something insanely beautiful — an enchanting garden space.\nThe garden's vibe gives off the feeling of an abandoned haunted jungle ruin, featuring large stone statues and pillars, a fountain, and tropical green landscaping we've come to love in the Sunshine State.\nThere are even mini waterfalls that stretch across the length of the wall, which only adds to the magic.\nWhile we could admire gorgeous shots that others snapped during their visit, nothing quite compares to popping in and witnessing it for yourself.\nIt just might be time to grab your BFFs for a relaxing photo date.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Brian Keith Williams (@bwill_bih) on Oct 14, 2019 at 5:31am PDT\nBut the garden is not the only beautiful thing you can experience.\nThe interior of the Kapok Events Center, located in the middle of these gardens, is lavish and unexpected, and you can actually get married there.\nWith ornate walls, chandeliers, and shimmering golden accents, you'll almost feel like you stepped out of the jungle and into a French Castle from the 18th century.\nYou could even live out your fairytale princess dreams!\nView this post on Instagram ✨ Kapok Special Events Center ✨ Most likely one of the weirdest places in Florida: If you want to get married with the charm of an abandoned french castle/ haunted jungle ruin, this is the place to go! 🌳 Named after the Kapok tree, this event space is hidden in a corner of Clearwater you wouldn’t expect. The original Kapok Tree Inn is now turned into a giant music store, just behind it lies a huge parking lot. And off of that lot, you can enter the enchanted gardens through an unimposing gate. 👰🏼 The actual wedding venue lies in the middle of these gardens and here you also won’t expect such lavish interior design: A french king from the 18th century would feel right at home here. But of course we’re still in Florida: These “golden” chairs are pretty wobbly. ✨ During the day, everyone is free to wander the gardens or visit the event space if you say hi at the front desk. It’s pretty magical and just the right amount of creepy. 👉🏼 Would you get married here? 💾 Save this post for your to-go-list! #kapokspecialeventscenter #clearwaterflorida #visitflorida #floridablogger #pureflorida #fun_in_florida #exploreflorida #igersflorida #Tampa #florida #TampaBay #lovefl #tropicaltravels #letstravelmore #dreamvacation #traveladvice #travelplan #traveljunkies #experiencetheworld #iamatraveler #shewhowanders #bucketlisttravel #wanderlife #letstravelmore #mytravelstory #traveladvisor #traveltheworld #girlswhotravel #girlslovetravel #dametraveler A post shared by Lisa | German Wunderkind ✨ (@lisa_ventures) on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:23pm PST\nWe weren't exactly dreaming about wedding bells before, but the pics of this place may have just changed our minds!\nView this post on Instagram Yesterday's wedding was nothing short of a Fairy Tale. The @kapokspecialevents venue was a magical garden full of so much character ❤️ @brandilong13 & Aaron were the sweetest couple and were so in love! The love both families shared through stories during the ceremony and toasts was beautiful! I had the most incredible time capturing their day and I am still pinching myself going through their photos right now😍 . . . . #weddingseason #loveauthentic #ftwotw #theknot #brideandgroom #shesaidyes #realweddings #weddingdetails #weddingchicks #loveintentionally #destinationwedding #vintagebride #destinationweddingphotographer #featuremeoncewed #stylemepretty #tampa #tampabay #roamflorida #lovefl #pureflorida #instagram_florida #canonphotos #canoneos #canonphotographer A post shared by Bryanna Jae (@bryanna.jae) on Sep 9, 2018 at 11:57am PDT\nDuring the daytime, the gardens and event space are free for visitors to wander; all you need to do: pop into the front desk and let them know you're there before exploring.\nWhether you're there for the jungle or castle vibes, this is one location that will give you the best of both worlds with the perfect amount of pretty and creepy.\nView this post on Instagram 🌷🌷🌷 A post shared by Krista MacKay Runte (@kristamackay) on Apr 7, 2019 at 12:27pm PDT\nYet another free and amazing hidden Florida gem worth exploring.\nKapok Special Events & Gardens\nPrice: Free to visit; you can also book the venue for weddings and special events.\nAddress: 923 N. McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: An enchanting outdoor garden that feels like a jungle ruin, while the interior feels like an ornate French castle. Hidden in Clearwater, this is a secret gem worth checking out.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.