Sunken Gardens, Florida sunshine in a bloom.
I though you could use a little Florida sunshine in bloom! And what better place to go to for that, Sunken Gardens, in beautiful, sunny, St. Petersburg Florida? (“I am thoughtful if I am nothing, after all” as Denise would say!)
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.
Located in the heart of beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida.
It is a local jewel and quite well hidden, so if your not careful you might just drive right by it! This Florida paradise is only 45 miles south of us! Making it a little over an hour drive for us. These “backyard travels” allow us to get away, and enjoy a break from our pesky work schedules that so rudely interrupt our vacations! (I hate it when work gets in the way of fun! Oh wait, I’m unemployed! Grr!)
I think it is important to find the jewels like this one in your backyard.
Take the time to do your research on local attractions, and plan to take a Sunday drive. Although, if you can swing it, and are local (within a 100 miles or so), I suggest you visit during the weekdays. Attractions such as this can get quite busy on weekends, especially from February to May or June, as spring is sprung in the South, and the “snowbirds” and “tourist” alike, flee the harsh winters of the North!
This garden is over 100 years old!
And, this beautiful oasis is very handicap friendly, with beautiful winding paved paths that guide you on your journey through this botanical marvel. I love these beautiful gardens, and with them being right here in our own backyard, we can go as often as we like. I actually suggest re-visiting venues like this, each time you go, you can discover something different!
I hope that you enjoyed my photographs and they have helped give you a brief respite.
As a disclaimer, these photographs were taken a few years back and if it makes you feel better, I will admit that I am sitting at home now, bare “foot” and a little chilly, not basking in the warm Florida sun that is just outside my door!
Although admission to this park is quite reasonable,
I always suggest checking Groupon and visiting the attraction’s website for discounts, group rates, hours of operation and all the other information you “need to know!” After all, even though there is so much more to do and see in St. Pete (that’s what us locals call it), you wouldn’t want to drive 100 miles to see this botanical paradise and they are closed when you get there! “Know, before you go” is this travelers moto!
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered, where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime! -Mr. Bill
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All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler. (unless otherwise notated)