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Don't Miss The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Perform a Free Show in Winter Haven this Weekend

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Members of the original Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team continue to WOW Central Florida audiences, and work to pass on their water skiing skills to the next generation.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team perform free ski shows throughout the year in Winter Haven, with the next show this coming Saturday, January 21 at 4 pm on Lake River in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Winter Haven.


Bring the family, bring your friends, and enjoy the spectacular water ballet!


From the pyramid to one ski, to even barefoot, the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team pulls out all the tricks on Lake Silver. A world famous show that started at the old Cypress Gardens theme park in 1943 and continues on in Winter Haven to this day.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The show will feature an hour of performance with beginner and professional skiers, some young, and some young at heart!


If you’re attending the show, be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Burgers, hot dogs, snacks, drinks, t-shirts and hats will be available for sale.


All sales benefit the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The show is held on the beautiful Lake Silver in Winter Haven. Go to the American Legion Post 8, 300 Ave M NW.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was started by former waterskiers from Cypress Gardens Theme Park who want to pass on their show skiing legacy to the next generation.

Before Walt Disney World and the rest of Central Florida’s sprawl of tourist destinations there was a family-owned theme park known as Cypress Gardens. Cypress Gardens’ founder, Dick Pope, filled the park’s landscape with gorgeous flowers, beautiful Southern Belles, and thrilling water ski show.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

The first water ski show took place in 1943 and – until the theme park closed in 2009 – held the distinction of being the “longest running entertainment production in the world” just ahead of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

During its 66 year run, millions upon millions of Florida visitors were thrilled by amazing barefooters, gravity-defying Rampmasters, lines of Aquamaids skimming effortlessly in precision across the water, and 4-tier human pyramids. The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team broke over 50 World Records and became known around the globe as the “Water Ski Capital of the World.”



Led by Former Show Director, Mark Voisard, the Cypress Gardens Water Skiers decided they did not want the legacy of world-class show skiing to die with the closing of the theme park. So they formed a new team with two goals: to continue to WOW central Florida audiences, and to pass on their water skiing skills to the next generation.


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team



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