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Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

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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. Make Sunken Gardens part of your personalized St. Petersburg itinerary using our St. Petersburg trip planner.
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  • The exotic plants, birds, fish - all of this in the center of town on a busy street - who would have even looked for this? Recommended by a local - we will certainly return.  more »
  • Went at 10 when they opened. Beautiful gardens with a lot of shade. They have a flamingo display with around 20 flamingos. You can easily see everything in an hour or two.  more »
  • Beautiful!!! Great place to take pictures! Loved the flamingoes! I would say it is a must see while you are on vacation! The only downside was we didn't use the map they provided-so i would use.....  more »
  • Even though we went while it was 900 degrees outside like a couple of big dummies, we still really enjoyed Sunken Gardens. In other words, only in retrospect did we think about the fact that, despite lots of shade throughout the grounds, outdoor botanical gardens are still more suitable any time other than the absolute peak of summer heat. In fact, they're in the process of doing some upgrades, so we'll likely go back in December or January. The staff is always super nice, the gardens are well kept, and they also have some animals (flamingos, exotic birds, a giant turtle of some kind, fish ponds, etc.). Sunken Gardens also has an interesting place in local history, so be sure to read some of the plaques and talk to the staff if you're interested in that kind of thing.
  • A very nice walk about. Pleasant and well maintained gardens with an interesting bit of history. Nice picnic area. Seems to be constant being updated. My favorite was the turtle. You may not think it’s there at first, but boy, when you see it...
  • I've only been here once but would really like to go again. Such a beautiful peaceful place. Great place to relaxed and get in touch with mother nature. Can't wait to get time to spend a day here again with the family.
  • If you haven't had the chance to experience Sunken Gardens, what are you waiting for? It is a beautiful place to walk around and take in mother's nature beauty from all different parts of the world. It may not be a garden maze where it will take hours to find your way out, but it will definitely give you the happiness mother nature provides. When I saw the turtle in the water I still debated for a good minute if it was alive and real, sure enough that big old turtle does move. The birds were a good time, but the flamingos smell! There is also a little area where you can have your wedding which is nice. Definitely a go to spot to adventure in.
  • The gardens offer a nice shaded walk featuring Florida native and Non native exotic plan species of plants and flowers. You can spend a nice afternoon wondering around. I often go to Publix on my way for a sub. Sunken Gardens offers May nice spots for a picnic lunch. Even in the heat of August it’s cool under the large shade trees in the area with the stage. Sunken Gardens also features live birds and a large Alligator Turtle. Within the last couple of years they have brought in a flock of brightly colored Flamingos.

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