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.

Known as the Kapok Special Events & Gardens, this little location is hidden in a corner of Clearwater you likely wouldn’t expect.

Named 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.

What this gate guards is something insanely beautiful — an enchanting garden space.

The 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.

There are even mini waterfalls that stretch across the length of the wall, which only adds to the magic.

While we could admire gorgeous shots that others snapped during their visit, nothing quite compares to popping in and witnessing it for yourself.

It just might be time to grab your BFFs for a relaxing photo date.

But the garden is not the only beautiful thing you can experience.

The interior of the Kapok Events Center, located in the middle of these gardens, is lavish and unexpected, and you can actually get married there.

With 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.

You could even live out your fairytale princess dreams!

⁣We weren't exactly dreaming about wedding bells before, but the pics of this place may have just changed our minds!

During 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.

Whether 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.

Yet another free and amazing hidden Florida gem worth exploring.

Kapok Special Events & Gardens

Price: Free to visit; you can also book the venue for weddings and special events.

Address: 923 N. McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL

Why 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.


We 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.


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