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Sunken Gardens

Discover the Beauty 

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers.

Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Call 727-551-3102.  Gardens may be closed due to inclement weather. 

Please note: Sunken Gardens is different from a typical public park. Our plants, trees, animals, and structures are delicate and part of the Sunken Gardens’ living collection. Some of these plants and structures are over 100 years old! We’re one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions. We appreciate your help in preserving this historic gem in St. Petersburg by staying on the paths, refraining from touching or climbing the plants and structures, and respecting the animals’ space by enjoying them from a distance. 

Sunken Gardens Photography Policy

The Flamingos Forever Committee was so successful in raising funds for the purchase of flamingos for Sunken Gardens that a non-profit organization, Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation,  has been formed to support special projects at the Gardens. Visit them on Facebook and consider joining to help support Sunken Gardens!

Upcoming Events:  

May 5: Make a Pollinator Pot! - 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Why buy flowers for Mother’s Day when you can grow them instead? Adults and kids design and paint a small pot to lure butterflies and other pollinators, then fill it with irresistible native Florida wildflowers seeds from our butterfly garden!  $13/adult and $7/child includes Garden Admission. Members: $3/person. Recommended ages 4+.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required due to limited materials. Register with payment by calling 727-551-3102.

**Sold Out**May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch - 10 a.m.-Noon - 
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious al fresco brunch buffet including a mimosa provided by Delectables Fine Catering in Sunken Gardens’ historic Oak Pavilion. Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz by Henry Ashwood under a shaded canopy of air plants dangling from our mighty oak during an event closed to the general public. Stroll the gardens after brunch to complete your experience. Private group tables and shared seating available. For reserved seating, the entire group must be purchased in same order. Tickets: $60/person; $30/children under 12. Proceeds benefit the construction of our future Children's Education Garden. 

May 19: Palm Talk and Stroll,  10:30 a.m.- Noon -  Palm Talk and Stroll - Rick Nale, a long-time leader within the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum and St. Petersburg’s City Beautiful Commission, leads you on a special tour through the gardens to learn about our many palms and which ones would work best in your landscape. Pre-registration required due to limited space. Call 727-551-3102 to reserve your spot. Free with paid gardens admission or membership. 

June 16: 10:30 a.m.-Noon - Staghorn Fern Mounting Workshop - Let the owner of Local Gardens (plant and flower designs) guide you through mounting a staghorn fern to create an easy-care statement piece for indoor or outdoor décor. A small group setting and thorough plant care instructions complete your Pinterest-worthy experience. Pre-registration required: $50/non-member, $40/member.  Fee includes all materials and Gardens admission.

June 23: 10:30 a.m.-Noon - Rain Gardens and Barrels - Learn inventive ways to collect rainwater just in time for the rainy season. Learn how to create your own beautiful and functional rain garden and the best collecting techniques using rain barrels. A limited number of rain barrels will be for sale after the program ($40/each). Brian Niemann of the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension leads this fun and informative program in our air-conditioned classroom.  Free with paid admission or membership.

To register for marked programs: Please call 727-551-3102 or see a cashier. For some classes and workshops, Garden admission is required. General Admission: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors (62+), $4/Children (age 2-11).

Visit the city's Events Calendar for more Sunken Gardens events and information.


Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

The last admission is sold at 4 p.m. daily. 

Sunken Gardens is open on most holidays except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day when the attraction is closed. The Sunken Gardens Business Office is closed on most holidays while the Gardens remain open.  For the most up-to-date city facility closures, view the city's Holiday Facility Closing Schedule


  • $10 Adults
  • $8 Seniors (62+)
  • $4 Children (2-11)



Support Sunken Gardens and become a member! Enjoy unlimited admission and exclusive discounts all year.

Location: 1825 4th St. N., St Petersburg



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