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Review of Sunken Gardens

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Ranked #18 of 138 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We visited this garden last year. It's a hidden gem on the gulf coast. The plants and trees and gardens were amazing. The size of the palms are huge. There is beautiful flamingos in certain areas. The price is not high. If you love looking at trees, flowers this is the place for you. I would definitely go again. Wear comfortable shoes. It is alot of walking. We had our 28 year old son with us and he really enjoyed it. Even though it was hot the trees provided ample shade. with over 50,000 plants you will not be dissapointed!

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Reviewed July 24, 2011

I was really surprised at how nice Sunken Gardens was. My husband and I had a really nice time walking around one afternoon in July. It was a lake that was drained in the early 1900s and a man planted all sorts of plants from around the world there. Very beautiful gardens and a few bird exhibits. There is even a beautiful section where you can get married.

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Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is a relatively small garden conveniently located in the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg.
You get a little map after you have paid your admission (look in local tourist guides for 2-4-1 admission coupons). They open at 10:00 am when it is cool and not crowded. If you like to take a lunch break in the area you can return on the same admission after lunch, they close by 4pm.
You will receive a small map and can take a self guided tour.
The astonishing fact (to me) was that many of the shrubs and plants are available as "tropical houseplants" in any Home Depot or Lowe's, but here you see them grown to their full maturity and they are stunning
All the water features and their plantings are wonderful and, the place is shaded by tall trees supporting a life of their own in form of orchids, bromeliads, resurrection ferns and climbing night blooming cacti and much more.
They also offer a variety of classes and lectures and occasional plant sales.
There is one tip I want to pass on: If you are sensitive to mosquito bites, apply repellent before your visit.

3  Thank miamimimi2018
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

The garden was beautiful with meandering paths and water features run throughout the entire garden. It was a peaceful experience even though there were many people in the garden at the same time. Its nice to see plants full size that I can only grow in small pots at home! The staff were efficient but not very friendly. We found a cell phone that someone had left on a bench in the garden. When we got to the front entrance we turned it in to the people at the front counter and they seemed like it was a huge problem to accept it and hold on to it for someone to claim. Not even a thank you, when we turned in the phone or when we bought our tickets, but the garden itself was very nice.

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Reviewed May 23, 2011

We visited the Gardens the second week of May. The $8.00 admission is in keeping with this type of attraction but the Sunken Gardens didn't have as much to offer as other Gardens. There are many many beautiful plants and trees, but there are also a lot of repetitions, so you're seeing the same kind over and over. The butterfly house was empty. There was a large school group present when we visited and that made some of the paths difficult to walk, in addition to being very noisy. (Recommend calling ahead to see if school visits are scheduled before you go.) We found the hours (10:00 a.m to 4 p.m) to be rather limited. It would be nicer to visit the Gardens during the early evening when it's cooling down abit, as the interior is very hot and humid. Overall, we didn't find it worth the drive/time/money.

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