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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236-726
941-366-5731
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Ranked #5 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Type: Gardens, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A sprawling botanical garden.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went to a special evening opening and enjoyed it thoroughly. Plenty of different plants to make you jealous you don't live in a sub tropical area. Lots of places to sit on benches to just watch the lizards and birds in their natural habitat. We even saw an owl. Lots of photo ops. We missed the orchids cut to... More

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Longboat Key, Florida
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161 reviews 161 reviews
66 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My brother and I spent an afternoon here. Neither of us are into plants or gardening, but we both enjoyed it very much. I especially loved all the orchids. The place is immaculate, staff answered questions and it was a gorgeous facility. I will definitely be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were just driving down the street and the sign grabbed our attention. A little pricey but the obviously spend the money wisely.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you travel to Sarasota make sure you visit Selby Gardens. There are so many unique and interesting plants. Some of the best I have ever seen. You can take a quick stroll or a peaceful walk. I know you will enjoy the trees with the thorny trunks and the wide variety of exotic orchids.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love a good visit to a Botanical Garden. As a plantsman and a self professed plant nerd, I looked forward to visiting MSBG. We've paid our $19 entry fee and we head for the conservatory. It's lush and breezy and as I wander through, I see many orchid species in bloom and this pleases me. I'm an orchid lover... More

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Venice, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

First, let me say that I am NOT a flower person in the least. I was dragged to Selby Gardens...and once I got there I didn't want to leave! The grounds are amazing!! Gorgeous landscapes, gorgeous architecture, such a respect for nature...and SOOOOO serene. You can learn about plants and such, learn a little history, relax and stroll around the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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157 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

For years, while vacationing in Sarasota, Florida, we used to drive past Marie Selby's Botanical Gardens on the way from our condominium on Siesta Kay to the shopping mecca at St. Armands Circle. My wife loves to go to the botanical gardens in Lincoln Park near our home in Chicago. But even she wasn't tempted to visit Selby's Gardens--until our... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Beautiful Orchids (6,000), Koi Pond, cafe, children's discovery garden, special event activities, tea room, art displays. Not so large that you must commit a full day although you can find many places that you may just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Nice gift shop. Also offers a video of the history of the gardens. Highly recommend.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Should be a stop for all who visit Sarasota. A beautiful well tended place. I love every thing , my favorite is the spot overlooking the bay, I love to meditate there.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Selby Gardens is a lovely, if petite, botanical garden boasting spectacular views of the bay. Of particular note are: a meditation tree by benches overlooking the bay- the sound of the leaves has to be heard to be believed; a banyan tree with its intricate root system is a photographer’s dream, with a walking platform providing multiple angles; a mangrove... More

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