If you love nature, be sure to check out the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. This botanical paradise is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, having served the area for more than 100 years. Visitors enjoy pathways meandering amongst lush, exotic vegetation from all over the globe, cascading waterfalls, demonstration gardens, and over 500 species of tropical plants and flowers, such as caladium, Brazilian spider flowers, white birds of paradise, glorybower, blue ginger and much more. This 4-acre paradise is conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg just minutes away from the Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport.
What Will You See at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg?
The Sunken Gardens are divided into the following sections (only includes ‘natural’ sections):
- Exotic Birds
- Bromeliads (a family of monocot plants which includes pineapples and Spanish moss)
- Lily Pond
- Orchid Arbor
- Growing Stone (“He who sits upon the ancient stone shall be granted tranquility, inner harmony and the talent to make things grow.”)
- Low Pond
- Tropical Fruit Gardens
- Japanese Garden (pond + island + bridge to island + quiet, picturesque pavilion = a great place to stop and relax!)
- Cactus Garden
- Palm Grove
Guided Tours, Workshops and Festivals
Clearly, there’s plenty to see. There are, however, other fun ways to experience the gardens. Instead of a simple stroll through, you can take a guided tour (if you’re in a group of 15 or more), or visit for an event. The Sunken Gardens often hosts exciting programs and tours such as Adult Horticultural Programs: Ikebana in the Gardens and the annual Orchid Festival.
The Sunken Gardens also host weekly workshops for adults and children. Join the fun with one of the following:
- Every Tuesday (10 a.m.) and Friday (9 a.m.), Hoop Dancing (for adults)
- Every Tuesday (4 p.m.): Kids Hoop Dancing
- Every Thursday (3:30 p.m.): Kidding Around Yoga
- Every Friday (10 a.m.): Garden Tour
- Every Saturday (11:30 a.m.): Horticulture Workshop
- Every Saturday: Family Day in the Gardens
- Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (all at 10:30 a.m.): Awaken Yoga
Best of all, admission to the Sunken Gardens is extremely affordable: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $4 for children. Its operating hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit their website.
Relax at the Historic Peninsula Inn After a Day at the Gardens
At the end of the day, return to your gorgeous suite at the Historic Peninsula Inn. Stop in for a delicious meal at Isabelle’s, our new Southern restaurant with an Old Florida feel. Isabelle’s was recently named the “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” award winners by Rand McNally. Enjoy fresh seafood, shrimp & grits, delicious steaks, and more. Be sure to save room for dessert! Isabelle’s offers a selection of delicious desserts, including housemade Alexandra’s gingersnap key lime pie, chocolate molten lava torte with raspberry drizzle, sweet Georgian pecan pie, and New York City cheesecake.
So, if you’re looking to get away, come join us in Gulfport at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer beautiful suites in a beautiful, unique, Old Florida setting. We hope to see you soon!