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Smell the flowers at Sunken Gardens

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This is one of the many waterfalls located at Sunken Gardens.
This is one of the many waterfalls located at Sunken Gardens.

Locals and visitors have immersed themselves in the botanical beauty of Sunken Gardens for more than 100 years. In the heart of St. Petersburg rests this roadside attraction, home to a striking variety of native and exotic life.

Sometimes an attraction doesn’t need all the promotional hype to maintain its value. The site speaks for itself – with the presence of waterfalls, a butterfly garden and more than 50,000 tropical plants.

Though not as large as similar botanical gardens, it’s clear Sunken Gardens is lovingly cared for. The pathways are clear, all plants and animals are labeled and the air has a clean crispness to it.

Guided informational tours are offered, but guests also have the option to wander and take in the view for themselves. Following the gardens paths clears the most occupied of minds. Some people drop by for a walk, picnic or even just to embrace the vast green surroundings.

Beyond a simple walk, Sunken Gardens offers workshops and programs available throughout the week. Hoop dancing lessons, yoga instruction and horticultural workshops are primary events that take place. You can pay for each session you attend or purchase a package of sessions and make it a routine. Even if you already know how to hoop, or know a handful of yoga stances, practicing these exercises in a garden sounds like absolute serenity.

In love with the Gardens? Weddings are big-time events that have occurred for decades on what’s called the Wedding Lawn.

Make sure you browse the gift shop, which always has some type of clearance. Many of the items are a bit cheesy and reflective of Florida clichés, but it’s worth perusing.

You cannot leave without photos. Four acres of well-kept, pure tropical lushness makes for the perfect backdrop to anybody and anything.

Despite its position on a busy street, Sunken Gardens preserves its simplicity and historical value without seeming like a typical tourist attraction. It’s a welcoming destination for those who just want to enjoy sunny rays and unwind in the comfort of someplace beautiful # and maybe one of St. Pete’s best-kept secrets.

If you go:

Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 Fourth St. N.

It is open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Regular adult admission is $8.

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