Sunken Gardens

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Deep Roots in Downtown St. Pete

St. Pete’s oldest living museum is a botanical paradise in the midst of the bustling city. The 100-year-old Sunken Gardens is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Meandering paths guide visitors through a living collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers with lush demonstration gardens, cascading waterfalls, and a flock of flamingos.

As one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions, this historic gem requires some additional care when visiting. Visitors to Sunken Gardens should prepare to stay on the paths, refrain from touching or climbing the plants and structures, and respect the animals’ space by viewing them from a distance. Gardens may be closed due to inclement weather.

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Plan Your Visit

Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals.

Hours

Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 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, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when the attraction is closed. The Sunken Gardens Business Office is closed on most holidays, while the Gardens remain open. 

Admission

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors (62+): $12
  • Children (2-17): $6 

Support Sunken Gardens and become a member! Enjoy unlimited admission and exclusive discounts all year. More information under Membership & Volunteer Opportunities below.

  • Individual Membership: $50
  • Family Membership: $100

For self-guided group visits, please submit your request form after reading over the information found under Group Visits

Parking & Accessibility

Free, on-site parking. 

The gardens encompass 4.5 acres and many of the historic paths are ADA accessible. Wheelchairs/walkers are allowed, but not provided. Some paths have a steep incline, but there are alternate ways to access all areas. Benches are located throughout the gardens. Mature foliage provides ample shade with open, sunny areas located throughout. Contact Sunken Gardens for accessibility inquiries or concerns prior to visiting.

Membership & Volunteer Opportunities

Residents can deepen their relationship with Sunken Gardens by becoming a member or volunteer. Members receive unlimited annual admission to Sunken Gardens, giving them year-round access to this unique tropical garden experience. Sunken Gardens volunteers make new friends, participate in unique projects, and gain knowledge from their volunteer efforts.

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Group Visits

For an in-depth Sunken Gardens experience, consider booking a docent-led tour for your group. Group tours are interactive, age-appropriate, and include the rich history of the site as well as fascinating details about the tropical plants and animals on site.

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Rentals

In contrast to the rapid pace of the city outside its vine-covered walls, Sunken Gardens offers a tranquil garden atmosphere that creates space for connection, reflection, and community. Sunken Gardens offers a prime location for weddings, private parties, seminars, luncheons, retreats, and receptions hosted by corporations, organizations, or individuals. Events held at the garden offer guests a unique experience in a venue that’s conveniently located near hotels, shopping, museums, dining, and entertainment. 

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Filming & Photography

Amateur, hobbyist photographers are welcome to take photos and videos on property. Professional and commercial photographers must make a appointment and pay a fee to utilize the grounds. This includes, but is not limited to: wedding, fashion/beauty, pregnancy, graduation, prom, engagement, & family photography. Please review the policy and submit a request utilizing the forms below:

History

In 1911 a plumber named George Turner, Sr. purchased the six acres that would later become a world famous botanical attraction. Using an elaborate maze of clay tiles, he drained an ancient lake on the property, leaving a rich muck soil that was ideal for his favorite hobby—gardening. Neighbors so enjoyed strolling through Mr. Turner's garden, that by the early 1930's he was charging a nickel for tours.  George's wife, Mrs. Eula Turner shared her husbands love of plants and played a large role in establishing the gardens as a landmark. Their children and grandchildren continued the family vision and created this unique tropical garden with its flowing ponds.

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Gallery

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