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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 89 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Gardens, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A sprawling botanical garden.
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Holland, Ohio, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A little pricey, but it's on our "must see" list every time we're in Sarasota. Beautiful gardens and exhibits, but the peace and serenity we feel when we're there is well worth it.

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Orlando, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lots of beautiful plants and a lovely setting on the water, but at $18 pp, this is a bit expensive for an attraction that takes 45 minutes to see.

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Bradenton, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Came during a plant festival lots of extra things happening. Was alittle surprised that they charged for entrance and festival. Tons to see, beautifully maintained. Well marked, nice gift shop and plant sale area.

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Spent a day here in March 2013 -- gorgeous weather to walk these beautiful gardens and to see and amazing exhibit of rain forest handmade masks. We will for sure be going back often.

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Sarasota, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Now that the Selby Gardens include a place for children to enjoy, it's even better than before! Both adults and children can enjoy sitting down and enjoying the birds that fly through the trees, as well as the flowers, after a walk through the gardens. The greenhouse is an amazing adventure of plants and flowers, no matter what time of... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The gardens and greenhouses are beautiful. Strolling through the grounds is very peacful. You can buy orchids and other plants in the store to take home.

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Paris, France
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100 reviews 100 reviews
61 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you like well kept gardens and orchids, you'll love this wonderful garden. It is so well kept and preserved, it has a very nice display of rare and carnivorous plants too.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

The Children's Garden was amazing!!! Enjoyed the variety of tropical plants. A great place for every one.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It has been many years since we've visited Selby Gardens, at least 20 years. The progress and growth they've experienced is phenomenal. For the first time visitor, the first problem you'll encounter is finding a place to park. It's not that there's insufficient spots (maybe they become more scarce on weekends and holidays), but the lots are scattered about the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited on the 4th of July to see the fireworks but also because we love botanical gardens. We walked the entire length of the gardens in less than 15 minutes and there were hardly any flowers. I was shocked to say the least. We walked through the entire place a second time and there was not much to see.... More

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