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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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  • This is hidden gem! great to explore the gardens and all the different types of palm trees, bamboo and tropical flowers. love the Flamingos and Koi Fish pond. 
    This is hidden gem! great to explore the gardens and all the different types of palm trees, bamboo and tropical flowers. love the Flamingos and Koi Fish pond.  more »
  • Great place for families or couples. It was fun but it can get hot during summer if your are not from Florida. Map provided limited guidance, hard to follow the paths. Would recommend a paid tour 
    Great place for families or couples. It was fun but it can get hot during summer if your are not from Florida. Map provided limited guidance, hard to follow the paths. Would recommend a paid tour  more »
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  • This is a smaller garden but a very Zen place. I enjoyed my time here. It doesn't take very long to walk around the entire garden. I recommend bringing water. I love the tropical feel and seeing the butterflies. The staff were very warm and friendly. I appreciate that. I love the flamingos I do wish they had a bigger area for them. As well as the birds I wish there was a huge atrium for them to fly around in. However the animals were well taken care of and looked healthy. They do have an option to get married here for those who are looking. Great place to take photos. It isn't very expensive and parking is free which is always a bonus. They have food for the koi fish for about $2 which isn't too bad. Great place for families and those who are solo looking for something to do. I do like the gift shop they have a mixture of various garden eclectic items.
  • I loved it here! There is a wide variety of plants from all over the world. Madagascar palms, bamboos, large traveler palms and they even have Chilean flamingos! My favorite was the Azaleas, they are in full bloom at the moment. I will come back in the spring to see the flowers bloom. The paths are paved and the scene is beautiful for pictures so do wear a cute outfit and cute shoes. It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk through but take your time there is so much to see and don’t forget to look up! Plenty of benches and sitting areas. Very shaded walk and clean paths. There is a gift shop with plenty of items! Bring water, I don’t remember seeing a water fountain or snacks. Also, I got 2 adult passes on Groupon for the price of one adult gate pass. View pictures, but it’s 100x better in person. You’ll love it.

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