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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Address: 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236-726
Phone Number: 941-366-5731
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A sprawling botanical garden.

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Wonderful attraction for families

Historical homes within the gardens, several "types" of gardens all of which are very nicely done. The best part was the children's activity area as well as rainforest tree house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Fort Worth
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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Historical homes within the gardens, several "types" of gardens all of which are very nicely done. The best part was the children's activity area as well as rainforest tree house built into several huge banyan trees. So cool! A cute cafe onsite and a gift shop. A must see attraction while in the area!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Selby Gardens is a real gem near the center of Sarasota. It has a hugh collection of orchids and bromeliads beautifully presented in the conservatory as well as along the winding outdoor paths. The lookout on Roberts Bay provides a magnificent view. The rainforest is a wonderful place for children to climb, explore and learn about plants. There is a... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

They have a beautiful display of light for the holidays. Worth seeing. We did not see it during the day, but have heard wonderful things. Very accessible.

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Rotonda West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a Sarasota treasure. We were there just recently, had lunch at the cafe, bought our Granddaughter special tea in the little tea shop and happily wondered the gardens with our camera for a few hours. We also took in the photograph exhibition. It was a great afternoon and we are glad to be members of... More 

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Cape Coral, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Marie Selby gardens should not be missed. Rather than one garden it is a collection of different types of gardens, with a huge variety of plants. My favorites are the the Koi pond and the Conservatory which contains magnificent bromeliads and an orchid collection a monarch would envy. It's a wonderful place to take photos and there is even free... More 

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Orrtanna, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous! We spent an afternoon wandering the gardens. They were so beautiful! The range of ferns, flowers, trees and other plant life is so diverse. We enjoyed everything from the bonsai to the bamboo and everything in between! The Koi pond was especially fun when feeding the fish! Breathtaking views of the water and boats. Would definitely visit again!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem as they say. It's beautiful & well maintained. It's somewhere you can go to unwind & get away from things for a while. If you are a photographer it can be great to !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Who would think that such a peaceful and tranquil area can be discovered by downtown Sarasota. This place has many variety of plants and trees. It was a very relaxing time for me and my wife. A must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Who would think that such a tranquil place existed around downtown Sarasota. This place has a vast variety of plants and trees. It's was a perfect place for me and my wife to escape and have a relaxing time. A must see.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Selby is, in a word, beautiful. The gardens and "hothouse" are kept about as perfectly as botanical gardens get. Selby is on Sarasota Bay so, a walk down several of it's paths is heavenly. I have been a member for years and am pleased to contribute to this lovely, untrammeled small section of Sarasota. There is a light food location... More 

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