Vero Beach, Florida: McKee Botanical Garden: Hall of Giants

Opened in 1932; was once the third largest attraction in Florida. It shelters a giant table, supposedly the World's Largest, which Mr. McKee found in a basement in New York City.
Address:
350 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL
Directions:
South of town, on the east side of US Hwy 1, just south of its intersection with 4th St. Only accessible from northbound side.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
772-794-0601
Admission:
Adults $12.
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Hall of Giants - Longest Mahogany Table.

McKee Botanical Garden - Hall of Giants

McKee Jungle Gardens was a popular roadside attraction on US 1 opened in 1929 by Arthur McKee and Waldo Sexton. It featured lush tropical gardens, eccentric architecture and exotic wildlife. In 1976 it closed and most of the land it was built on became a condo development.

In 2001 it re-opened, a third the size of the original. Prominent among the remaining architecture is the Hall of Giants, an exotic structure created to house the world's largest table built from a single piece of mahogany. Designed and built by Waldo Sexton, the building is made of cypress and adorned with bells and stained glass. Several other structures created by Sexton, including the Driftwood Resort and Ocean Grill, still exist in Vero Beach.

[Rick Kilby, 04/25/2008]

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