One of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions, Sunken Gardens is now a county park reaping a century’s worth of botanical bounty in St. Petersburg.
Location: St. Petersburg
Fees: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 2-11
Open: 10-4:30 Mon-Sat, 12 noon-4:30 Sun
Established in 1903 by George Turner Sr. in the bottom of a sinkhole, Sunken Gardens incorporates tropical and native plantings to create a lush palette of colors, textures, and aromas. Mazy pathways keep you entertained with niche gardens and walls of blooms.
Significant among the flora here are the bougainvillea and Cuban royal palms, some of the oldest in Florida.