Cape Coral's first tourist attraction was the Rose Garden, located in Southwest Cape Coral on the site that is now Tarpon Point
. Cape Coral's developers, Leonard and Julius Rosen, developed the Rose Garden as a tourist destination to entertain visitors who came to look at buying property in Cape Coral. In its mid-1960s hey day, the Rose Garden had over 40,000 rose bushes. Complete with a reflecting pond, JFK Memorial, porpoise pool and mini-Mount Rushmore, the Rose Gardens left a lasting memory for many Cape Coral visitors.
Today, the Rose Garden name lives on in a Southwest Cape Coral neighborhood just north of the site of the original tourist attraction. The Rose Garden
features single-family homes with both sailboat access and gulf access boating. The wide canals of the Rose Garden offer expansive water views and contribute to the beauty of this neighborhood.