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Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

4.2
#1 of 11 in Parks in 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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4.4
  • Before coming here, we were told it's not much more than a sink hole. Wrong! It's lovely to walk around here and even has flamingos. However, we would have loved a tour and/or more identification of p...  more »
  • Very beautiful and good price. Very clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed our visit. We would visit again.  more »
  • We visited this place using a Groupon that got us a year membership for less than a day pass. It was calming, shady, beautiful, smelled great, nice wildlife, and relaxing. I wish we lived closer I'd g...  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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