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This 4-acre attraction in downtown St. Petersburg features more than 50,000 tropical plants as well as a variety of exotic birds. Paved pathways make it easy to explore the botanical garden. Enter through a fountain plaza and follow the trail to the orchid arbor and the Growing Stone, a fossilized limestone rock. Other highlights further along the trail include the Japanese garden, Wishing Well and Wedding Lawn.

Visitors raved about the beauty of the 100-year-old garden, but caution to bring bug spray. The attraction is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information on garden tours, horticultural programs, field trips and more, call 727-551-3102.

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