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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236-726
941-366-5731
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Ranked #2 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Type: Gardens, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A sprawling botanical garden.
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Sarasota, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We have lived in Sarasota 37 years and cannot count how many times we have been to Selby Gardens. If you love flowers or anything to do with the life that surrounds them plus the beauty of the bayfront or the serenity of the waters surrounding Selby's gardens you will not want to miss this "pearl of Sarasota". Mere words... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens. Amazing orchids, lovely gift shop, friendly staff and a really go excuse to take a nice walk along the waters edge. My husband was intrigued by the bonsai collection and I particularly liked the butterfly garden. Be sure to take a hat!

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Ottawa, Canada
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This garden is amazing. Many exotic tropical plants and trees are very mature so you get to see them at their best. The staff are super, and they make a nice lunch at the café. Lots of photo ops if you like plants and orchids. Great views of the waterways.

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Sarasota, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you like Botanical Gardens, this needs to go right to the top of your list of things to do in Sarasota!

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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Selby Gardens is a gem in Sarasota. I would recommend that you go on a sunny day and before it gets too sweltering hot. The view of the bay is fantastic and the grounds are meticulously landscaped.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The gardens here are incredible in themselves but Selby also offers the best views of the downtown Sarasota bayfront. The newest addition of the Children's rainforest area makes this a great family spot also as the kids love to run around and play in this area. As locals with a membership we love to go often as there is always... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Selby Gardens was endowed to Sarasota by Marie Selby.The city of Sarasota is very fortunate to have this lovely park.A beautiful place to spend a day, host a party or have a wedding among tropical flora and fauna.

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I visited the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens during March 2014. I would say that these gardens present a wonderful outdoor experience. Being from New York with the very special New York Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, I believe that this botanical garden experience rates very highly as well.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Selby gardens are a Southern Botanical Gem. Many Species and well taken care of. A wonderful time to visit is during Xmas. The trees are decorated with all sorts of lights. Again part of the venue faces the bay. Not to miss when visiting Sarasota. The Selby is a botanical splenbderf.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We moved here a year ago. This was one of the first places we visited, we immediately became members. The many gardens are spread out on a beautiful estate overlooking the bay with amazing views and the Ringling arch bridge. The first stop in the conservancy is intoxicating with all the orchids, bromeliads , pitcher plants, umongst hundreds of others.... More

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