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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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A sprawling botanical garden.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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441 - 450 of 2,235 reviews

Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 2pm on a Tuesday and stayed till the museum closed at 5:00 pm. Our 5 and 7 year olds loved the children's area. There was an awesome swing (and one for the adults to relax in too). It was not crowded and...More

Thank NiceFLTraveler
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We do visit botanical gardens when we travel. This was a highlight of our visit to the Sarasota area. We took a free docent led tour. Our guide Denise was well informed and answered all of our questions. They have beautiful specimens and I would...More

Thank Mindy S
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Very disappointed Too expensive Not nearly as beautiful as other free light displays along city roads Largo park heritage village And lake seminole hospice display of homes If you ever get a chance longwood Gardens in PA is a must at Christmas Spoiled by far...More

2  Thank Chrissy1113
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely evening stroll through Shelby Gardens. Everything was beautifully decorated with mini lights, walkways, trees and gardens. Santa was there to visit with the kids. The Lauren Mitchell Band with a food tent filled with reasonably priced lite bites rounded out the event....More

Thank Tyler B
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful place, but it is expensive. The variety of plants is wonderful. Truly a unique place. We love it there but it could be more affordable

1  Thank TropEcoNursery
Reviewed 16 December 2016

First are live oak trees with lichens mixed with palm trees. Greenhouse orchids mixed with other plants.A coffee bush. Art and specimens along beautiful bay.

Thank samold318
Reviewed 14 December 2016

I have gone to several of the special events/exhibits at the Selby and always had a great time. They do have occasional outdoor concerts in the garden and they are wonderful combination of music and nature. It's time for me to go back again. It...More

Thank SanibelSandy
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The home of Marie Selby has been turned into an art display while the gardens are landscaped with beautiful common plants as well as rare and exotic plants. A few years ago the Century Plant bloomed. Holiday decorations are in display at Christmas time. Classes...More

Thank Patije S
SelbyGardens, Marketing at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2016

Thank you for visiting Selby Gardens over the years. We hope you will come back again soon!

Reviewed 8 December 2016

such an amazing day just so restful seeing how beautiful the gardens are sitting watching the birds and the fish jumping out of the water.

Thank kookie2829
SelbyGardens, Marketing at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2016

Thank you for visiting Selby Gardens. We are glad you enjoyed your day in the Gardens!

Reviewed 7 December 2016

We visited while on a week long stay with family and we just loved the variety of flora. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful and this is a must see for anyone coming to the area. The volunteers/staff are also friendly and knowledgeable. It was...More

Thank Travelergirlfrom1972
SelbyGardens, Marketing at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2016

Thank you for visiting Selby Gardens. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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29 April 2017|
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Response from D_317_B | Reviewed this property |
Active duty only
30 March 2017|
Response from Aprilr88 | Reviewed this property |
I am unsure, but if he/she is a therapy dog I would that by law they are allowed. The botanical gardens are all outside so I would think that it would be ok, but I would contact the management just in case.
1 March 2017|
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Response from SelbyGardens | Property representative |
Everyone reacts differently, but at this time we are not experiencing negative effects from Red Tide. You can always check the latest conditions report online through Mote.