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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. Use our St. Petersburg travel itinerary maker to add Sunken Gardens and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • I like to hold the annual pass and walk through as often as I can. It's a great 20-30 minutes of nature therapy in the middle of any day. You can take your iced tea and sit among the bamboo and think.  more »
  • We like to go here once a week to get out of the A/C in the summer and enjoy the outdoors in the shade. Make sure to find the large, algae-covered, alligator snapping turtle...most people walk right b...  more »
  • This was a neat place. We enjoyed all of the unique plants and flowers. The exotic birds were a bonus. Paquita was hilarious when he or she would laugh!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Do not ever pay full price!!! Not worth even at half price. Very disappointing. If you are looking to learn about all the plants they boast about having you won't. No guides to walk around explaining the plants. There are hardly any signs for the pants and unless you purchase the high priced book in the shop you won't find out anything. There was nothing really special about the place other than the facts of sunken gardens history. The walk ways are in need of repair. The flamingos are nice. There are a few other birds in cages. A wedding "pavilion" that is comparable to a really nice state park, but probably costs a lot more. Blah. Would NOT recommend.