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Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 1,100+ 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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  • We really enjoyed the Gardens. I was a little hesitant after reading a few negative reviews, but I thought the gardens were very nicely done. The trees are spectacular, and the plantings were very wel...  read more »
  • We decided to try the Sunken Gardens, today. I am very impressed with the variety of plants and trees within the park. The area around the wedding lawn was closed due to work on a few of the ponds and...  read more »
  • We had a wonderful time walking through a tropical paradise in the middle of downtown St Petersburg. The amount of differnet plants, flowers and trees was a great experience to view and read the signs...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The bugs are normally out in force (pack bug spray), unless it's cold out... and it gets pretty hot walking around, as the walls surrounding the garden block nearly ALL wind... BUT, this is a historical place in our town that you've got to visit at least once! Though I don't think you'll be told this in the gift shop or front counter, this building used to be an old Coca Cola factory here in Saint Petersburg in the mid-1900's. The Flora in this garden is absolutely wonderful to walk around and see... and they even have some small birds here & there as well. My favorite tree was the rainbow Eucalyptus tree!!
  • When I moved to St Petersburg, I bought a membership to Sunken Gardens. It was about a year and a half ago and I think I paid $40 for a year. A regular ticket is $10. You have to take it as a donation. I don not feel like I got $40 worth of entertainment in the year I visited and I do not feel like a day at the Sunken Gardens is $10 worth of fun. If you go on a leisurely walk and read all of the plaques and feed the koi and take pictures of everything it will be at most a 30 minute walk. Don't get me wrong it is beautiful but I would only recommend it to locals. If this is your yearly vacation and you have limited time to enjoy the sites of St Petersburg, I would skip Sunken Gardens and make a donation to your local horticulture society. If you live in St Petersburg and you are looking for something to do on a boring Sunday morning Sunken Gardens is an idea. I would recommend becoming a member and visiting often for a nice quiet place to think or a short walk. My favorite part is the koi pond. I always buy a little food for them up front. They have flamingos which I love. I do also walk around the wedding pavilion and daydream about meeting someone special and getting married at the Sunken Gardens - I am such a girl.
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