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Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

(4.2/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Over 100 years old, Sunken Gardens hosts some of the oldest tropical plants in the area, with over 50,000 different types of plant life spread over 1.6 hectares (4 acres). Stroll the pathways lined with exotic species, waterfalls, and demonstration gardens. The large building in the gardens, constructed in 1927, is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the Sanitary Public Market, the building has also been home to the Coca-Cola bottling company, and what's thought to be the world's largest gift shop and wax museum. Try to book a guided tour or take part in workshops on-site. Use our St. Petersburg travel itinerary maker to add Sunken Gardens and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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TripAdvisor
  • My mother told me about going here on her honeymoon in the '40s and it is still going strong today. In fact, some of the trees are so old and large they are amazing! There are many bigger and more imp...  more »
  • Sunken Gardens can be enjoyed on many different levels. My first reaction was to feel like a child who might be lost in the jungle. Then curiosity takes over. What are these plants? How long have they...  more »
  • Small gardens with exotic birds in one area, a huge snapping turtle and large koi carp. A pleasant way to spend an hour, and cool under the trees.  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous. So beautiful and peaceful. Went on a Saturday, found plenty of free parking spots, friendly staff, great facilities, and such a great trip. They are very small so 1-2 hours will be more than enough to tour the gardens. Can't wait to visit again.
  • Such a great place, and a St Pete long time attraction. Make sure to plan an hour plus for here if you want to read about you are looking at in terms of trees, and plants. Exceptional spot to go walk around when the weather is 75 or below.
  • Beautiful garden and great.place to spend a morning relaxing. You would not know you were in downtown St.Petes. The garden is pretty small, only takes about an hour to go through even if you walk slow.
  • I woke up sad and decided I needed nature. As soon as I walked in a woman handed me an extra free admission ticket she had. I proceeded to thank her and walked the gardens. I was lost in gorgeous scenery, water, birds, it felt like I was in a tropical paradise. I'm so grateful I got to experience such a wonderful place and will be taking all of my guests there from meow on.
  • Gorgeous Gardens. I planned on getting married there. The staff let us do a walk thru to pick out a spot for a walk up wedding. When it was time to meet with someone to schedule the date (which was very sentimental to me), they were too busy to talk to us. We drove from Bradenton to see the gardens and they told us to call and come back again. We called back to schedule only to find out the date we had planned was booked. I think it wouldn't have taken too much of their time to check the date for me in advance. Expecially on my big day. Now I have to find another photographer, choose a different location, and change the theme of my wedding. I will never recommend Sunken Gardens for weddings, but the garden is beautiful if you don't mind the heat. The staff could improve on making their guests welcome.