The ground is filled with more than semi-cursed treasure chests and fully candied dinosaur bones; it also contains baby flowers. Explore plants in their equally adorable adult forms with today's Groupon, which gets you into a lush local landscape at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. Choose from the following options:
- $4 for adult admission ($8 value, expires September 9, 2011)
- $25 for yearlong family membership ($50 value, must be activated by March 9, 2011)
Though only 100 years old (barely a teenager by tree reckoning), St. Petersburg’s oldest “living” museum already plays home to more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. The tropical paradise's pathways wind through the lush gardens, revealing cascading waterfalls, exotic plant life, and phantasmagoric portals to other dimensions as you experience the florae of old Florida at its finest. A yearlong family membership to the gardens includes unlimited admission to the gardens for up to five family members, as well as 10% off at the gardens’ gift shop, a subscription to the garden newsletter, and free admission to more than 200 reciprocal gardens throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. A single-day pass to the gardens provides an escape plan for hooky-playing horticulture fans any day of the week, and can also be used by pepper aficionados to test their tongues' flammability during the Hot Pepper Fest on October 17.
Seeking solace in a well-manicured garden is a peaceful way to flee the blaring bagpipes and ill-mannered jabberwockies that pollute the urban landscape. Take this opportunity to commune with nature, or lure a basement-dwelling World of Warcraft addict out of his or her beanbag-chaired habitat into a sunlit world of fresh air, flowers, and trees.
- There is a butterfly area, [sic] you just have to check your map. The whole place was amazing. We walked through twice! – vrlel, TripAdvisor
- The Sunken Gardens are great to go and visit for a few hours on a weekend afternoon. They have beautiful scenery and greenery and it's a great place to take pictures. – Kelly S., Insider Pages
In the middle of Saint Petersburg surrounded by tall buildings and shopping malls lies a 100-year-old oasis of waterfalls and lush plant life. Sunken Gardens, one of the city’s oldest living museums, surrounds visitors with a thriving ecosystem of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Winding paths lead explorers around rivers and ponds filled with fish and turtles. Flamingos walk the banks as passersby spy parrots and admire butterflies gliding from flower to flower. The tranquil gardens also host educational events and daily yoga sessions that help ease stress generated by everyday lives and not being able to touch your left elbow with your left hand.