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

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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353 reviews 353 reviews
139 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Sarasota, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Selby does a great job of entertaining kids and adults alike for the 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza. The grounds of course are gorgeous but in addition to that, they have many games for kids to play prior to the show, along with plenty of food & beverages (both for adults & kids). Make sure you get there early enough... More

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Florida
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157 reviews 157 reviews
47 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Selby is a beautiful oasis along Sarasota Bay. Winding paved trails take the visitor through varied gardens from desert to tropical. The greenhouses with orchids is spectacular. There's a gift shop and small auditorium with films. The Koi pond with Buddha in the center is a special place to relax and feed the fish. Be sure to check out the... More

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Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Plan to spend the day, you will be amazed and delighted.To be able to see and learn about interesting plants from around the world all in one of the most beautiful gardens.You will catch yourself saying WOW! a lot.

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