There are 150 fountains on the grounds of Petrhof Palace. Several of them are “trick fountains.” These masquerade as trees or pathways designed to spray unsuspecting guests with water as they approached. The first “wet places” installed for the emperor’s amusement were The Benches within Monplaisir Garden in 1723. While the benches seemed to offer the passerby an inviting place to enjoy the park, the sudden water sprays beneath the stones would drench the person before they sat down. These trick fountains are thrilling, challenging and fun for kids. It is unlikely you will see any child with dry clothes during your tour of Peterhof Palace.