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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida: Tiki Gardens (Gone)

Created by Frank and Jo Byars, open 1964-1986. According to local lore, the Byars' kids sold out to an Australian investor "for a fortune in opals." Property bulldozed in 1989.

Sold in 1989 and demolished.

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Postcard of Aku-Aku.

Tiki Gardens - Vague Recollections

I visited Tiki Gardens as small child with my mother in the early seventies -- a true paradise!

I'd like to add to the description of, in that the memorial has many items on display that were part of the owner's personal collection. And contributions from employees of Tiki Gardens, and visitors to the gardens have added items and information also. This was the first website to dedicate itself to the memory of this roadside attraction.

[Tiki Gardener, 08/30/2001]

Vintage brochure.

Tiki Gardens - Vague Recollections

A 'South Sea Island Paradise'- in memory only! I used to work there when I was a kid; I knew it was kitschy even then. I started a web site - It closed in late '80s, is now a county park.

[chris y, 08/27/2001]

We're still not over the stunning loss of all those freaky tiki heads. Tiki Gardens was featured in the first Roadside America book, including a photo of "Fumin' Ku," War God of the Hawaiians. Chris has assembled a great collection of photos, brochures, and memorabilia from TG.

There is another website remembering Tiki Gardens, at This one mentions an effort to put up a plaque or memorial at the site.

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