Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Gardens
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history.
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Sheryl M
Edmond, OK1,639 contributions
Stunning Gardens!
May 2021
This was definitely worth a stop. A lovely garden with a rich history, filled with a variety of beautiful flowers, plants and trees. Easy access to downtown Sarasota. Friendly staff. Wish I'd planned at least half a day! Look forward to returning.
Written October 22, 2021
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Jeanine J
8 contributions
Interesting even if flowers aren't your thing
Oct 2021
There are so many different exhibits at the gardens. We took advantage of the latest exhibit "Aerlists from the Tree Top to the Big Top" which is a clever way to show case their orchids. It pays homage to Sarasota being the winter home of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus back in the day. But there are so many other exhibits to experience and a fun area for kids.
Written October 19, 2021
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IslandHoppper
Boston, MA335 contributions
Rainforest walkways and bridges are great fun for the family
Sep 2021
We enjoyed our visit very much- especially the koi ponds, waterfalls, and rainforest bridges. We dropped our wallet and were so grateful that someone returned it to the main desk. Good people are everywhere!
Written October 5, 2021
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PeterandLindaD
St. Augustine, FL176 contributions
Waterfront Downtown and Historic Spanish Point Campuses
Aug 2021
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and the regional history. Established by forward thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point (HSP) Campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. The HSP Campus, one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history. While we visited and enjoyed the Downtown Campus, we ran out of time to visit the Spanish Point Campus...next time. There is a free parking.
Written September 15, 2021
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Amanda K
Cincinnati, OH429 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021 • Couples
It's hot and muggy all the time in Florida so starting off in the tropical conservatory was painful after leaving the AC but totally a room you don't want to miss. The rest of the gardens were amazing and the view of the water was beautiful
Definitely worth the stop. A little high in price since we walked everything in just over an hour but still glad we went
Written September 13, 2021
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sandi lawrence
8 contributions
sad
Sep 2021
Tree killers ! 110 yr old trees, 90 of them. CUT DOWN. You could have saved them. SAD. I cried. You had majestic old beauty. Concrete is coming. I saw the plans.
Written September 2, 2021
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barny22
16 contributions
Oh no
Jul 2021 • Friends
Shame on you people, I thought Botanical gardens preserve nature and not destroying it.
Looks like money first not nature.
Written August 26, 2021
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familytraveler1313
Boston, MA26 contributions
Nice change of pace and shady break
Jul 2021
Spent about an hour touring the gardens and the special exhibition. Beautiful, shady location on the water.
Written August 24, 2021
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Tricia G
Charlotte, NC6 contributions
MUST SEE
Aug 2021
These gardens are magical, so amazingly beautiful, and breathtaking. I highly recommend planning an entire day to visit as we spent a couple of hours and wanted more time just to sit amidst the beauty and process it. We were in awe of the variety and quality of the plants, installation, and exhibits.
Written August 15, 2021
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qwerty103
Sarasota, FL345 contributions
Best of Sarasota
Aug 2021
Selby has a very unique location on Sarasota Bay. The Orchids are always a delight, the outdoor loop to the point and back has some spectacular Botanical plants and the views of Sarasota Bay are beautiful. The Mansion usually has an interesting exhibit going on. This month it is the Florida Highwaymen, painters of old Florida landscapes, an old Florida that doesn't exist anymore.
Written August 9, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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