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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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  • We're local St. Petersburg residents and have visited here 3 or 4 times in the past decade. It's a beautiful tropical botanical garden that has some nice (but small) walking trails, but other than tha...  more »
  • Very nice Park, one would never expect in the middle of the city, especially quigongstunden there have liked me and the many orchids
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  • We enjoyed our visit here. It is smaller than anticipated but it is beautiful and very scenic. It is right in the middle of a very busy city-like area but you feel completely taken away from that when...  more »
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  • The collection and variety of trees and plants is impressive. A small display of flamingos and macaws is nestled within foliage. The avian cages are large enough for birds who may not have taken flight for several years. However, the area could accommodate larger enclosures for room to take short flights is they wanted to fly. It was a hot day, the natural canopy of growth did not make it any more comfortable in this historically rich garden. Worth a visit. For locals, maybe wait until cooler temps prevail.
  • Loved it! Very beautiful for nature photographers, or if you just feel like taking a stroll through the flowers and greenery. Reasonable price too! I think it was $10 each for 2 adults. There's a part called great explorations for kids to enjoy. Overall a great 30 minute experience.
  • A spectacular, AMAZING, beautiful botanical garden to walk through. I love the intricate layout and how well-kept everything is. The history is fascinating as well. As someone who has been to Hawaii and seen botanical FORESTS like nothing you've ever even dreamed of seeing, I'm STILL blown away by this place! Definitely need to add this to your list, both tourists and Floridians. I have pictures! I
  • Beautiful location. Well maintained, affordable pricing. I went specifically to take pictures but I'm told the tour is exceptional. You can easily make this an hour or two stop during your day.
  • 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.

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