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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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  • Average3%
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811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
+1 941-366-5731
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Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Amazing collection of tropical plants. Greenhouse had special orchid exhibit that was beautiful. A real treat to walk thru. Stroll through the acres of outdoor gardens. Enjoy the views along the bay and mangroves. Beauty all around, in a peaceful setting.

Thank Golfgma
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Selby is a jewel! What a great place for the entire family. The current display in the glass house is breath taking. Fltraveler88 criticized the way Selby is now and blamed the current Director for the "Disney Children's Rainforest Garden". If they truly were members...More

Thank Relaxing55
Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

I love these gardens, no matter what season of the year. The grounds are spectacular & the gift shops are filled with nice mementos. There is so much to learn. Put this at the top of your list because it is well worth the stop!

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed October 18, 2016

I've attended concerts, classes and even saw the fireworks from the grounds on July 4th. Truly a wondrous spot, even if you're not into plants

Thank Sherry C
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had a great time and were amazed every step of the way; and there were many steps. We spent almost 4 hours just walking and yes, we did check out the benches from time to time. There were settings with different plant groupings making...More

Thank Vincent B
Reviewed October 17, 2016

I've been a member of Selby for 15 years. But we cancelled our membership after the "improvements" were initiated by the new director. The beautiful Banyan trees are crowded out by Disney inspired children's Rainforest. The atmosphere has changed dramatically as much of the vegetation...More

Thank FLTraveler88
Reviewed October 17, 2016

A serene walk through lush vegetation, beautiful banyon trees. This site is right on the Sarasota Bay with great water views as well.

Thank david c
Reviewed October 17, 2016

My favorite place to take mynoit of town visitors. I am also a member, and take advantage of the classes offered.My grandkids love the tree house!

Thank Ipine28
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Have been here several times and it's always been a nice experience. It's easy to walk through with volunteers situated in certain place to help you navigate your way if necessary. The walking is mostly outdoors with a nice variety of scenery to look at,...More

Thank Tripping9900
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

I went there with adults and had a great time! There are lots of volunteers around to inform you about the different plants and answer any questions you have. My sister went back with her two kids (6&8) and they really enjoyed it as well....More

Thank katie W
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Is there Military Discount?
April 29, 2017|
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Response from D_317_B | Reviewed this property |
Active duty only
Are dogs allowed? We have a support dog.
March 30, 2017|
Response from Aprilr88 | Reviewed this property |
I am unsure, but if he/she is a therapy dog I would that by law they are allowed. The botanical gardens are all outside so I would think that it would be ok, but I would contact the management just in case.
I would love to bring guests, but am concerned about respiratory reactions to red tide as a result of being on the water!
February 28, 2017|
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Response from SelbyGardens | Property representative |
Everyone reacts differently, but at this time we are not experiencing negative effects from Red Tide. You can always check the latest conditions report online through Mote.