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St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch at the center’s opening.

Photo by @mayorkenwelch

St. Petersburgs famed Sunken Gardens recently showcased its brand new History Center with the help of Mayor Ken Welch. The center showcases 100+ years of the iconic landmark’s history + its impact on the tourism industry in Florida.

The 1940s-era entrance building was restored + revamped thanks to funding from Florida’s Division of Historical Resources, the City of St. Petersburg, Penny for Pinellas and the Sunken Gardens Foundation.

Festivities will be held at the Sunken Gardens on Sat., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to celebrate the opening. People of ages are welcome to enjoy live music, guided-tours, crafts, and participate in a garden scavenger hunt. The celebration is free with paid admission or membership.

If you can’t make it to the celebration, plan a visit that works best for you. The garden’s hours and admission prices can be found here.