We came to the area to visit the children’s museum which shares an entrance with the gardens, and as we walked by the birds called to us from inside the gates. Soon our eyes could only follow the flow of greenery spilling to the sidewalk outside. We just had to go in and check this place out. While trying to research information on the gardens previously we found very little on the net. This can be frustrating when planning an outing but with this particular place we enjoyed the mystery because we had no idea what would wait for us inside and that made the experience that much better!
Read about the 2nd half of our day at the Great Explorations Children Museum here!
Our day began just a bit too early for our liking on this day off so we ventured into the St. Pete Bakery right around the corner. They had so many goodies to choose from but something about the gigantic peanut butter cookies reminded Busy of his grandma so we had to try them. Don’t worry Grandma, yours still remain supreme but these were really good!
We took our purchase and sat outside on the over-sized sofas. The seating here is abundant both inside and out. The black iced coffee was perfect but I’m no expert as I prefer my caffeine strong, quick, and plain the few times that I do need it. This is a great place to check out when stopping by.
When beginning your journey into the Sunken Gardens you’ll have a choice of different directions to take. You will be given a map but since my little one wanted to be the guide he decided to forgo the map and lead the way. Our map found its way into his cargo pocket and wasn’t seen again until we arrived at home.
The walkway is smooth and easy so this is something the entire family can enjoy. We took our time strolling through, especially when we came upon one of the many areas with wildlife. This was something we didn’t know about before parking outside the gates that day.
One of the beautiful parrots even spoke to us while another liked to dance when he was serenaded. Further down from the macaws and parrots were flamingos, an alligator snapping turtle, and many ponds with large fish.
We couldn’t help but to look up many times through our walk here. The trees were massive! They towered so far up and really made you feel so small and almost lost in this wild looking new world. While the place was buzzing about with preschool groups, children’s camps, and families it had a sense of tranquility and silence. This is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a calm low key activity.
This was a fun detour in our day. My little one enjoyed navigating, taking photos, and learning about what he was seeing around the Sunken Gardens.
$8 per adult
$4 per child
Annual passes are available
If you’re visiting the area and have kids check out The Great Explorations Children’s museum which is right next door. Read about our experience here.
Thank you to all who have visited Wild Red! I hope you’re all happily soaking in this Spring sun and if you can’t where you are, visit Florida today. We have enough sun to share!
Mandy- Wild Red
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