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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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“orchid house” (65 reviews)
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811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful, beautiful, peaceful place to spend several hours, this is a real gem. There's even an inexpensive cafe with a nice selection, and tables indoors and out. If you like plants go to Selby!

Thank Valerie I
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is a giant garden, full of peaceful sounds, scents, and sights. Several places to sit and peacefully watch the bay and listen to the sounds of the waves gently slapping the mangroves. Could've fallen asleep it was so serene, and very nearly did. Free...More

Thank Nikolai R
Reviewed 4 days ago

My mother-in-law is a member of Selby Gardens. i have been several years ago and requested to go again. Thought it would just be 2-3 of us (who like gardening). It ended up being 4 kids under age 13, two teenagers, my husband, and the...More

Thank FMNorfolk
Reviewed 4 days ago

We whiled away a few lovely hours here, exploring the lovely grounds and discovering some amazing plants and trees, the banyan tree is incredible.There is a great adventure and play area for kids too with rope bridges and chill out zones for that all important...More

Thank Saab08
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stroll the winding paths and enjoy the clean, soft, breeze off the water, the acres of palms and other subtropical trees and plants. It has a fabulous orchid garden, and great koi pond. You can sit, meditate and enjoy the view, and/or purchase orchids and...More

Thank Artist5150
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not just gardening and art enthusiasts. My kids loved the crabs that crawled up in the mangroves, art doodling in the gallery, tea shop, kids play tree and room. They are very interested in the smaller gardens and stain glass pavilion. Have been taking them...More

Thank lbosse1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful. We spent hours walking around admiring the gardens and different varieties of plants. I enjoyed learning from the staff about different plant species. The staff was informative and very kind to answer any question we had.

Thank MissFoodie2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing outdoor and greenhouse experience. Children's area includes waterfall and "rainforest" for getting wet. Plants well labeled. Marc Chagall's stained glass windows and other artwork represented along with flowers planted to match theme of art. Exhibit continues to July 31st. Large koi ponds, Rose gardens....More

Thank ArtisticBeth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for the first time. Great walking paths and easily identifiable. Great views of the marina and causeway bridge. Great photo ops too. Has children's play area to let them loose and enjoy the day. Plenty of spots to have a picnic. Park is terrible.

Thank dduerr2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our time there and enjoyed the orchids a lot. Discovered some orchids have a scent. We took pictures of the different things in the conservatory. They were arranged very good.

Thank Glenda C
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Is there Military Discount?
29 April 2017|
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Response from D_317_B | Reviewed this property |
Active duty only
Are dogs allowed? We have a support dog.
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.
I would love to bring guests, but am concerned about respiratory reactions to red tide as a result of being on the water!
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.