We finally visited Cauley Square while passing by on the way to the Keys. Firstly, parking is free. Walking down the quiet shaded streets is like stepping back in time to the old old pioneer days. The little pioneer type cottages and gift shops were cute and kinda reminded me of key west gift shops. I don't know how they stay in business though with so few visitors? The gardens were beautiful. It was very nice to see that they have left so much of the natural foliage intact for so many centuries. That being said, I wouldn't recommend making a separate trip just to visit this location. Everything can be seen in under an hour, unless you go to the restaurant, which I've heard is pricey. They recently added a parrot pet store, which kind of ruins the affect of an old pioneer town. When was the last time you saw a movie taking place in the early 1900s with pet stores of exotic parrots? I've heard some folks complain about the frequent presence of raccoons wandering about Cauley Square, but this land was their home first, and at least a lot of the forest on this property still remains.
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