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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The introductory movie included here was very interesting.

This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours appreciating Nature! There are plenty of benches... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Asheboro, North Carolina
Great area for kids

My family loves Selby! Our four year old and two year old love the kid’s area. There are so many... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sarasota, Florida
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811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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Reviewed today

Overpriced menu but located in a pretty building. This is the only food choice in the garden so bring a snack

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 1joanne-12
Reviewed yesterday

This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours appreciating Nature! There are plenty of benches everywhere to make the tour easy for everyone.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank maryloustrain
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My family loves Selby! Our four year old and two year old love the kid’s area. There are so many different things for them to play with and use their imaginations.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rachel6337
Reviewed yesterday

Could've spent the whole day here- incredibly place. Lots of money and volunteer hours here have built this garden in a delight of the senses.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JMSPainter
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely gardens and grounds. Very calm and peaceful place to wander at leisure. Great photographic opportunities. While near the intercoastal waterway, we spotted a pair of manatees! We usually go every year that we are in Siesta Key.A nice break from being at the beach...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 347BrianL
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very peaceful place. My husband and I had a great experience. Loved this paradisiac spot, planning to repeat it often.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank queeny2182018
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful botanical garden. well laid out. lovely flowers and plants. nice view of harbor also. have a lunch area as well.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joan C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are from Aberdeen in Scotland and we have a famous hot house in the Duthie Park full of ferns and tropical plants. This is like the hothouse but outside. Loved the plants and the history. It’s near the water so the trees shade you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 979nikkis
Reviewed 3 days ago

Selby Gardens is not to be missed while visiting Sarasota, or even if you are a local resident! The grounds are amazing and the children’s rain forest play area is absolutely perfect to spend time exploring !! There is a wonderful gift shop and restaurant...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chele7777
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am not a plant person. My wife chose this venue because there is also a Paul Gauguin art exhibit there as well. The variety of plants there is astounding. We took a tour with a docent and that added greatly to the experience. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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3 February 2019|
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Response from TallieB | Reviewed this property |
I did not get an advance ticket and didn't have a problem at all getting in. The parking can get a little tight across the street. I'd recommend getting there early. If there's an event or something, perhaps tickets ahead... More
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8 December 2018|
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Response from TallieB | Reviewed this property |
If you can go in the daytime I would. A nice, sunny, bright day would be best! There's much to see outside as well. If you can visit more than once, try a nighttime visit too. I think that would also be lovely but the... More