When people visit St. Petersburg (St.Pete) in Florida many come for the tropical experience. They will hit the beach, stay at a coastal hotel, hang out in outdoor bars and enjoy lots of seafood. There is an off the beaten path gem inland and just outside of downtown where you can just add to this tropical fun. Visit Sunken Gardens a hundred plus year old garden and tropical paradise.
After paying the nominal fee to get in, we spent two hours on a summer afternoon day walking the curvy paths of the four acres of gardens. All the twists and turns made the gardens seem much more expansive. It definitely did not feel like we were in the middle of a big city.
Operated by the city of St. Petersburg, you will find hundreds of species of tropical and subtropical plants, with 50,000+ plants in total. Many palm trees, birds and mini-waterfalls were spotted as we walked, not to mention geckos. Being Florida and the summer, we got rained on pretty good which just added to the tropical experience. Below are some highlights of what we saw at Sunken Gardens.
Are there any other off the beaten path spots in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area you would recommend visiting?
On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. While in Victoria during the summer we took a forty-five minute bus ride from the town centre north to the gardens. It was raining upon arrival, but that just added to the beauty we saw. I’ll let the pictures and various gardens and colors speak for themselves. Chess anyone?!
There is more floral and colorful beauty then you can imagine at this hundred year old family owned gardens. Throughout you’ll find activities like fireworks, concerts, ice skating and more no matter the season. Being there in the evening we had the chance to experience the gardens in daylight and darkness, each giving off a different, beautiful feel.
Checkout the Butchart Gardens website. They are in the middle of The Magic of Christmas right now. From what I have heard from others, it’s a must visit during the holiday season. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Are there any other gardens you would recommend seeing that you have come across in your travels?
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