Clearwater, Florida: Kapok Tree Inn - Gaudy Excess

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Address:
923 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL
Directions:
North of Hwy 60/Gulf to Bay Blvd. on McMullen Booth Rd. Garden, fountain and statues are behind the building, next to the rear parking lot.
Hours:
Daylight hours, when no event underway.
Admission:
Free.
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Kapok Tree Inn. Kapok Tree Inn - Gaudy Excess
Preserved property of Italian fountains, statues and tropical gardens of a landmark restaurant (1957-1991). As if the Garden of Eden had been landscaped by Liberace. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/22/2011]

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Kapok Tree Gardens. Kapok Tree Inn - Gaudy Excess Endures

The restaurant closed in 1991, but much of the complex - including all of the original Kapok Tree garden - is still open to the public. See the insanely gi-normous Kapok Tree, many steps and columns, statues and fountains. Sam Ash Music now occupies the old Entrance Mall, Gift Shops, Gallery Room, and Patio Room. From their parking lot, you will see a sign for Kapok Special Events - this is the entrance to the Kapok Tree gardens. Still open, still beautiful in that ersatz European way.

[Ben Mancine, 03/05/2008]

Ben has posted more information and photos on the Kapok Tree Inn at benzplace.com/kapok.

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