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“Beautiful place, wonderful plants and views.”

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #2 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
Bradenton, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, wonderful plants and views.”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

I have been to the Selby Gardens several times and enjoyed the gardens every time. The plants are amazing, the setting on the bay is gorgeous, and there are always wonderful small art exhibits that are well worth seeing.

Visited December 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Visit a tropical forest in Sarasota”
Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Incredible collection of plants. This place is extremely interesting even if you aren't "in to plants". If you like plants at all you will be totally enthralled with this jewel on the bay. Beautiful vistas of the grounds and the bay. There was a flock of "parrots" squacking in the trees when we visited. The greenhouse blew me away with the variety of orchids. I highly recommend a guided tour to get an overview of the facility's purpose. Bring a camera as you won't want to miss the photo ops that abound here. The gift shop is jammed with unique gifts. Can you tell i loved this place?

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Greenville, SC
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Don't miss!”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Spent three wonderful hours here with a friend. They must have a huge group of volunteers to keep the place looking so good. The orchid and epiphyte collections are particularly impressive. Nice garden center and gift shop, too.

Visited January 2013
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“beautiful place to visit right on the bay”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

the flowers are gorgeous if there has been rain in the last month or so - orchids galore & wonderful bonsai trees - the grounds are lovely for a leisurely stroll

Visited January 2013
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Washington D.C.
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Gorgeous botanical garden, harbor views, kid friendly”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Visited Marie Selby with friends who live in Sarasota. Enjoyed the orchids, koi pond, walking paths and views of Sarasota harbor. Kids loved climbing on the roots of the enormous banyan and fig specimens. They have light displays set up for the holidays, would be lovely to visit after dark next Christmas. Nice place to start or end a day in Sarasota or Siesta Key.

Visited December 2012
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