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Garden at theYbor City Museum State Park

Tampa , FL
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1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605 US (map)

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Alexis
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.5/5.0
This space worked so perfectly for our evening outdoor reception. Paired with lighting from other vendors, the vibe of the venue was relaxed, romantic and magical. As mentioned in other reviews, the space is sectioned into 3 parts. We thought it would be a challenge to make sure all sections were united, but it wasn't an issue. We had about 200 guests, so there was guest seating in all 3 sections. Our dance floor was in the middle section, away from the street. Our guests often told us that they never felt too far away from any of the action nor did they feel cramped.

That being said, working with this venue can be a bit difficult due to the lack of communication between the office (sales & admin side) and the park rangers (security/point of contact/person who is actually there at your event), as mentioned in other reviews here. Don't get me wrong; we found everyone so lovely to work with. They just weren't all on the same page at times. Mainly, the rangers will promise things and get you all excited, but it may not be stated so in the contract. So be proactive. Be SURE to read everything in the contract and clarify everything before signing, especially regarding who is responsible for set up and break down. I would recommend setting up a quick meeting among you, Regina (coordinator in the office) and your ranger that you will have at your event. They are all kind and flexible.

From my research, this venue has been gradually increasing it's price (probably because they've learned it's such a deal compared to most venues!), so book it now if you're considering it! When we booked in the fall of 2012, the price was $2K. A few months before that, I read a review stating it was $1K, and a few months before that - $500! Bottom line, a deal!
This space worked so perfectly for our evening outdoor reception. Paired with lighting from other vendors, the vibe of the Read more...
This space worked so perfectly for our evening outdoor reception. Paired with lighting from other vendors, the vibe of the venue was relaxed, romantic and magical. As mentioned in other reviews, the space is sectioned into 3 parts. We thought it would be a challenge to make sure all sections were united, but it wasn't an issue. We had about 200 guests, so there was guest seating in all 3 sections. Our dance floor was in the middle section, away from the street. Our guests often told us that they never felt too far away from any of the action nor did they feel cramped.

That being said, working with this venue can be a bit difficult due to the lack of communication between the office (sales & admin side) and the park rangers (security/point of contact/person who is actually there at your event), as mentioned in other reviews here. Don't get me wrong; we found everyone so lovely to work with. They just weren't all on the same page at times. Mainly, the rangers will promise things and get you all excited, but it may not be stated so in the contract. So be proactive. Be SURE to read everything in the contract and clarify everything before signing, especially regarding who is responsible for set up and break down. I would recommend setting up a quick meeting among you, Regina (coordinator in the office) and your ranger that you will have at your event. They are all kind and flexible.

From my research, this venue has been gradually increasing it's price (probably because they've learned it's such a deal compared to most venues!), so book it now if you're considering it! When we booked in the fall of 2012, the price was $2K. A few months before that, I read a review stating it was $1K, and a few months before that - $500! Bottom line, a deal! Read less
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Kelleigh
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved my venue! and so did my guests. I had more an more compliments about how this was the perfect wedding venue.

The garden is laid out into 3 different sections and we used all 3 of them. We had the dancing closest to the stage, cocktail hour and the bar in the middle fountain area and finally the tent was placed in the secton closest to the museum where we had tables set up for dining.

The value is incredible and I love the fact that it is a blank slate and you can bring anything in. It truly makes for a memorable event.

I would highly recommend this venue.
I absolutely loved my venue! and so did my guests. I had more an more compliments about how this was the perfect wedding Read more...
I absolutely loved my venue! and so did my guests. I had more an more compliments about how this was the perfect wedding venue.

The garden is laid out into 3 different sections and we used all 3 of them. We had the dancing closest to the stage, cocktail hour and the bar in the middle fountain area and finally the tent was placed in the secton closest to the museum where we had tables set up for dining.

The value is incredible and I love the fact that it is a blank slate and you can bring anything in. It truly makes for a memorable event.

I would highly recommend this venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
3/24/2013
4.8/5.0
This venue is gorgeous! I recently held my wedding ceremony and reception here. I had about 125 guests and still had plenty of space. It is a great bargain, but it does not come with tables or chairs. You still have to pay extra to rent theirs or find your own venue (which is what I did). I also rented a tent because there is no covering over the area. On my wedding day it was pretty windy, so the tent kept the guests from getting leaves in their food.
The venue is somewhat limited time wise because they do not allow events to start until 5:00 pm. Book in advance! No Saturdays were available even though it was about a year before my wedding day.
The park rangers are super helpful and accommodating. They answered all my questions and helped me with anything I needed.
I marked of half a star because since it is a public park, you have to collect your own trash and dispose of it. They no longer have dumpsters that you can use, but I was able to know about it ahead of time so I could prepare.
Overall, this is a lovely venue that is a good price, but you have to plan ahead and prepare for the rules and restrictions they have, since it is a public park.
This venue is gorgeous! I recently held my wedding ceremony and reception here. I had about 125 guests and still had Read more...
This venue is gorgeous! I recently held my wedding ceremony and reception here. I had about 125 guests and still had plenty of space. It is a great bargain, but it does not come with tables or chairs. You still have to pay extra to rent theirs or find your own venue (which is what I did). I also rented a tent because there is no covering over the area. On my wedding day it was pretty windy, so the tent kept the guests from getting leaves in their food.
The venue is somewhat limited time wise because they do not allow events to start until 5:00 pm. Book in advance! No Saturdays were available even though it was about a year before my wedding day.
The park rangers are super helpful and accommodating. They answered all my questions and helped me with anything I needed.
I marked of half a star because since it is a public park, you have to collect your own trash and dispose of it. They no longer have dumpsters that you can use, but I was able to know about it ahead of time so I could prepare.
Overall, this is a lovely venue that is a good price, but you have to plan ahead and prepare for the rules and restrictions they have, since it is a public park. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
2.6/5.0
We were thrilled to find this great park and appreciated the value. But the communication among staff here is bad. Trying to get ahold of them was hard:"She doesn't work past noon" and "She doesn't work xxxdays." No messages relayed. So it was hard to get our few questions answered. They told us we could rehearse at a certain time the morning of our wedding. We showed up to rehearse, and the park was filled with a yoga class. Not a huge deal, but we had to push the whole day fwd an hour. It's like the staff just doesn't communicate with each other. Getting our deposit back was challenging. We called to ask about it 6 weeks after our wedding. Finally got someone on the phone and were told that 2 months is normal (fine). We gave them our new address in the same conversation. Our address change was NEVER passed on--typical. The check finally arrived (thankful for USPS fwding), & they'd docked us an extra $80, no explanation or itemized list. We'd followed the rules of the venue contract religiously & worked closely with the ranger that night. He'd given us the thumbs-up in the end. So why the withholding? Turns out our caterer (who was great) must have accidentally grabbed two Garden coolers, so we were charged. No one EVER called us or sent written reason. They just docked us money for coolers we don't have + waited nearly 2 months to send the deposit. (WHY did they have coolers outside during our wedding?) So we can't figure out what happened because it was so long ago. And learning why we were charged took days of phone tag, as usual. They don't care that they sent the check to our old place in Tampa, when we live in DC. They don't care that they charged us money without giving a reason until we pestered them to find out. They just don't care. I wish I could rave about this place, but I don't like how they do business once you've committed to them. Fortunately, my wedding was perfect, so I choose to focus on that part and not let this poor service ruin a memory :)
We were thrilled to find this great park and appreciated the value. But the communication among staff here is bad. Trying Read more...
We were thrilled to find this great park and appreciated the value. But the communication among staff here is bad. Trying to get ahold of them was hard:"She doesn't work past noon" and "She doesn't work xxxdays." No messages relayed. So it was hard to get our few questions answered. They told us we could rehearse at a certain time the morning of our wedding. We showed up to rehearse, and the park was filled with a yoga class. Not a huge deal, but we had to push the whole day fwd an hour. It's like the staff just doesn't communicate with each other. Getting our deposit back was challenging. We called to ask about it 6 weeks after our wedding. Finally got someone on the phone and were told that 2 months is normal (fine). We gave them our new address in the same conversation. Our address change was NEVER passed on--typical. The check finally arrived (thankful for USPS fwding), & they'd docked us an extra $80, no explanation or itemized list. We'd followed the rules of the venue contract religiously & worked closely with the ranger that night. He'd given us the thumbs-up in the end. So why the withholding? Turns out our caterer (who was great) must have accidentally grabbed two Garden coolers, so we were charged. No one EVER called us or sent written reason. They just docked us money for coolers we don't have + waited nearly 2 months to send the deposit. (WHY did they have coolers outside during our wedding?) So we can't figure out what happened because it was so long ago. And learning why we were charged took days of phone tag, as usual. They don't care that they sent the check to our old place in Tampa, when we live in DC. They don't care that they charged us money without giving a reason until we pestered them to find out. They just don't care. I wish I could rave about this place, but I don't like how they do business once you've committed to them. Fortunately, my wedding was perfect, so I choose to focus on that part and not let this poor service ruin a memory :) Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
4/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Beautiful location, dont need a licenses for anything or license and insured workers so we were able to save lots of money!
Beautiful location, dont need a licenses for anything or license and insured workers so we were able to save lots of Read more...
Beautiful location, dont need a licenses for anything or license and insured workers so we were able to save lots of money! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely beautiful, and a joy to work with.
Absolutely beautiful, and a joy to work with.
Absolutely beautiful, and a joy to work with. Read less
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Krystal
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely beautiful venue at a great price. Everyone is really nice to work with and helps with any questions you have. I loved the look of the venue as well.
Absolutely beautiful venue at a great price. Everyone is really nice to work with and helps with any questions you have. I Read more...
Absolutely beautiful venue at a great price. Everyone is really nice to work with and helps with any questions you have. I loved the look of the venue as well. Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't recommend this venue more. Bryan Jeffers of the Museum Society answered every question I had in a very timely manner. The rental price was extremely reasonable, especially considering it came with tables and chairs.

There are some restrictions for decorations in order to preserve the gardens (they're historic), but Alex, one of the Park Rangers with whom I spoke frequently, was always very helpful and nice answering every question I had and making suggestions for how I could get the look I was going for without breaking their rules.

I got so many compliments on how beautiful the gardens were, especially at night. You do have to be out of there by 11:59, so if you wanted to party later than that then you'd have to look somewhere else. On the plus side, since it's in Ybor, there aren't really noise restrictions.
I couldn't recommend this venue more. Bryan Jeffers of the Museum Society answered every question I had in a very timely Read more...
I couldn't recommend this venue more. Bryan Jeffers of the Museum Society answered every question I had in a very timely manner. The rental price was extremely reasonable, especially considering it came with tables and chairs.

There are some restrictions for decorations in order to preserve the gardens (they're historic), but Alex, one of the Park Rangers with whom I spoke frequently, was always very helpful and nice answering every question I had and making suggestions for how I could get the look I was going for without breaking their rules.

I got so many compliments on how beautiful the gardens were, especially at night. You do have to be out of there by 11:59, so if you wanted to party later than that then you'd have to look somewhere else. On the plus side, since it's in Ybor, there aren't really noise restrictions. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.1/5.0
The garden is absolutely beautiful! We had our wedding here and had an amazing time! My only complaint would be dealing with the staff. It can be difficult to get responses in a timely manner. There is a high turnover of coordinators and you can tell details and information get lost. I was told to provide my own garbage bags and garbage could be disposed of in specific trash containers on the garden’s property. The day of my wedding Regina Ervin told my coordinator we could not dispose of the garbage there. We ended up having to bag all the garbage and put it on a U-haul until my husband and I could take it to the dump to dispose of. After my honeymoon I called the garden to confirm that was indeed the process. Regina thought it was the process however the Ranger confirmed that garbage could be disposed of there. So on my wedding night I had to figure out how to get rid of nasty garbage because of Regina’s incorrect information. This seems to be a pattern and it seems as if the garden coordinators can’t communicate or coordinate things with the Rangers for things to work smoothly. This error was clearly Regina’s fault and did very little to rectify the problem. I had to demand that she just do the right thing as I felt I should be compensated in some way for having to dispose of the garbage when that should have been included in the rental fee. When I asked about my deposit being returned, Regina couldn’t even find anything to show that I had paid the deposit in 2011. I had to dig through my records and provide copies of the money order since the garden did not have this information on file. As per my contract, it states deposits will be returned within 2-3 weeks after the event. When I asked Regina about this she told me 4-6 weeks is their policy. That may be the new policy but my contract was never amended to note this change and my contract is the one that is in place that states 2-3 weeks. She wanted to argue with me over this and give me the run around…as of no
The garden is absolutely beautiful! We had our wedding here and had an amazing time! My only complaint would be dealing Read more...
The garden is absolutely beautiful! We had our wedding here and had an amazing time! My only complaint would be dealing with the staff. It can be difficult to get responses in a timely manner. There is a high turnover of coordinators and you can tell details and information get lost. I was told to provide my own garbage bags and garbage could be disposed of in specific trash containers on the garden’s property. The day of my wedding Regina Ervin told my coordinator we could not dispose of the garbage there. We ended up having to bag all the garbage and put it on a U-haul until my husband and I could take it to the dump to dispose of. After my honeymoon I called the garden to confirm that was indeed the process. Regina thought it was the process however the Ranger confirmed that garbage could be disposed of there. So on my wedding night I had to figure out how to get rid of nasty garbage because of Regina’s incorrect information. This seems to be a pattern and it seems as if the garden coordinators can’t communicate or coordinate things with the Rangers for things to work smoothly. This error was clearly Regina’s fault and did very little to rectify the problem. I had to demand that she just do the right thing as I felt I should be compensated in some way for having to dispose of the garbage when that should have been included in the rental fee. When I asked about my deposit being returned, Regina couldn’t even find anything to show that I had paid the deposit in 2011. I had to dig through my records and provide copies of the money order since the garden did not have this information on file. As per my contract, it states deposits will be returned within 2-3 weeks after the event. When I asked Regina about this she told me 4-6 weeks is their policy. That may be the new policy but my contract was never amended to note this change and my contract is the one that is in place that states 2-3 weeks. She wanted to argue with me over this and give me the run around…as of no Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
We have nothing but good things to say about this venue! It was exactly what we were looking for when we considered having a wedding - a ceremony, cocktail hour and reception space all in one! Gena was a pleasure to work with and made everything so easy by always promptly answering emails and phone calls. The only thing is that since they do try to maintain the grounds there are some restrictions as far as what can be done at your event and also the time limit the night of the event. However, this was all minimal compared to how wonderful it was to have it there. We had many out of town guests who raved about the Old Tampa charm that the venue had! Truly a great choice!
We have nothing but good things to say about this venue! It was exactly what we were looking for when we considered having Read more...
We have nothing but good things to say about this venue! It was exactly what we were looking for when we considered having a wedding - a ceremony, cocktail hour and reception space all in one! Gena was a pleasure to work with and made everything so easy by always promptly answering emails and phone calls. The only thing is that since they do try to maintain the grounds there are some restrictions as far as what can be done at your event and also the time limit the night of the event. However, this was all minimal compared to how wonderful it was to have it there. We had many out of town guests who raved about the Old Tampa charm that the venue had! Truly a great choice! Read less
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