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“Beauty Worth Finding”

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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$59.00*
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Sarasota Bayfront Kayaking with Optional Selby Garden Tour
Ranked #2 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
Poughkeepsie, New York
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Beauty Worth Finding”
Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Tucked away on a side street off one of Sarasota's main drags is this wonderful garden that would delight anyone from young to old. Starting with an enclosure of various orchids and bromeliads, winding past petite bonsais, then walking through an expanse of native and foreign trees and plantings that is both beautiful and informative. Views of the harbor, a delightful tea and coffee shop, and, of course, a well-stocked plant shop round out the visit. Definitely worth a break from the beach or shopping.

Visited January 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Cold, cloudy and well worth the visit”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

This garden is captivating. The orchids are beautiful. The walk around the gardens is easy, relaxing and there is something wonderful to see around every corner. The beautiful red silk (?) tree was stunning. The children's garden was good even for adults. There is koi food available when you purchase your tickets. The gift store has a wonderful supply of good children's books. Your ticket is good for the whole day so we went back at the end of the day for another quick visit to the orchid area and gift shop.

Visited January 2014
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South Dakota
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Relaxing and so beautiful”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

My sisters and I live thousands of miles apart and rarely see each other. We were finally in the same place for the holidays and spent the day together at Selby Gardens. We were astounded by all the varieties of orchids and bromeliads with many of them for sale in the gift store. This is a must see for anyone in the Sarasota area that loves gardening.

Visited December 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Heaven for orchid lovers”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is the place to see and purchase orchids. Very relaxing to walk the grounds with is lovely koi pond and gazebos. As a bonus, you can see the sailboats on the Bay.

Visited January 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“So pleasant that we became members”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

My husband and I live in Sarasota, and after our most recent we decided the gardens were so pleasant that we would become annual members. We particularly enjoyed the Lights in Bloom event in December, but they have much more to offer.

Visited December 2013
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