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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 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Gardens, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
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Type: Gardens, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.

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Rochester, New York
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

We took our family to visit the garden for the very first time. The admission is extremely high $19.00 per person and there is not much to see. We have read a few bad reviews online for Marie Selby online, but wanted to give it a chance. Paying $19.00 per person and there is no real Butterfly garden is not... More 

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Isle of Palms, SC
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We attended the gardens in the evening for the Christmas Lights show in mid-Decembr 2014. Because it was night, we did not s.ee a lot of the foilage, but they had nice lights, dominated by butterfly representations. The Gardens are right along the bayfront near the town center, so convenient. Parking was limited. There were a number of (apparently) independent... More 

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Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Lights in Bloom, during the holiday season is an absolutely stunning display of lights an night - it is not to be missed if in Sarasota around Christmas.

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Sarasota, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Serene and lush setting. We have attended both weddings and funerals here. The staff is incredibly sensitive to the needs of people attending. Very accommodating. The bay front setting offers a lovely backdrop whatever the occasion. Visit here for the educational value as well. The Selby Foundation has been ubiquitous in their support of the Sarasota area. Truly incredible.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Take some time to unwind in this beautiful garden setting. If you want to see a particular plant in bloom then contact the staff and plan your trip ahead of time. Check out the tea room and be sure to try the Selby Select Tea and pick up some up for a special gift.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is an outside gardens along the Bay across from Sarasota great place to see flowers be outside sit and read or just stroll through the outdoors. Also has a small cafe.

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Florida
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

this is a quiet island of beauty in a busy town. Make sure you go when the orchids are more in bloom (call ahead) since the season makes a difference for both the orchids and the outside plantings. Parking is good. Convenient to find.

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Even if you're not a horticulturist, you have to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the property around you. It may not be a place you are dying to go back to, but certainly worth a visit at least once while you are in town.

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Sarasota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Beautiful acreage on pristine Sarasota Bay. World class botanical research carried on here since 1975 because of a legacy from Marie Selby. Stunning conservatory, delightful café with delicious, healthy food and great coffees and teas. Butterfly garden, orchids all over the grounds (in the trees) and vast displays of palms, bromeliads and ferns. A Rainforest Garden for the children to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a minature, slightly more exotic and certainly warmer, Kew gardens. Loved the zoning of the different climates, the educational notes provided and the warm reception from the staff. If you have any interest in gardens or gardening this is worth a visit.

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