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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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Port Charlotte, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Dunedin, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
80 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You have plants and garden infrastructure and Sarasota Bay views as well as historic homes converted to art galleries and community gathering spots. It spots a tea shop!!!

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Bradenton Beach, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy the gardens, you must see this location. Very beautiful, wide variety. Lots to see and smell. I have also attended weddings here and they are just beautiful. It is a great location for a wedding or special event. Take the day and take a stroll.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

wowww... love this place so much specially their orchids collection their employee was great as well but kind of disappointed coz the corpse flower isnt blooming yet will be back next time

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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been members here for almost 5 years. We keep coming back for the plant diversity and the numerous questions our children ask each time. If you are somewhat eco aware or even respect the mature trees at Selby you will enjoy your visit.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

To start off with, my husband and I are not botanists nor even avid gardeners but the morning we spent at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was lovely. Learning about the different plants in the area (I didn't realize there were different types of mangrove trees) as well as learning that these gardens have the largest collection of eppiphits (probably spelled... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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160 reviews 160 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Opened 1975 on S. Palm Ave, Sarasota. It's 14 acres on Sarasota Bay. Shelby has seven greenhouses used for botanical research and plant identification.In Education a highlight is "rainforest garden " with towering waterfall..There are swinging rope bridges. There are native plant garden, banyan groves, and a Tropical Conservatory.They have an excellent staff. They have 6,000 Orchids, specimens include gesneriads,... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went here to enjoy the botanical gardens, and the scenery is so beautiful, I started snapping photos of my daughters, and the surroundings provided perfect backdrops for their senior pictures. The tea shop is also a fun place to try some exotic tea blends. We would highly recommend this place!

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Settle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A real surprise in a busy American City. Well set out and most informative. Highlight of the visit being the tranquility and great views over Sarasota Bay. If your into plants a great way to spend a few hours. World's leading centre on epiphytes.

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