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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

(4.7/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens specialize in epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and boast one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world. (Epiphystes grow on other plants but are not parasitic; they derive moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.) The staff at this lush tropical oasis is devoted to growing, preserving, and studying these plants. Rest on a bench or have a snack at the cafe. Artists are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks. Consider bringing insect repellant. Use our Sarasota vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and other attractions in Sarasota.
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  • A beautiful place to visit - I have been many times with the family, there are lots of fun things for the children and a good healthy!!! cafe 
  • This is a lovely venue to wander around and spend a few hours enjoying the water and gardens. There are many interesting trees and plants as well as specific exhibits. There is a great area for childr...  more »
  • Selby Gardens is a wonderful place to casually walk and view native flora, Sarasota Bay and various art exhibits. You want to wear flat shoes, as it is grass, mulched pathways and some areas can conta...  more »
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  • I thank Marie Selby in spirit every time I go, because she donated this beautiful acreage for the public to enjoy. If you love plants, you will love it here. Right on the Bay, it feels like a slice of time kept still. From greenhouse to desert scapes, this is one of my fave spots in town.
  • Amazing botanical garden. Thus far, we've visited gardens in Fort Myers, Naples, and Largo, FL, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is in a class by itself. I do not know why the ratings of the others are as high or higher, since they don't compete. Beautiful, and highly recommended. Gorgeous bayfront views, in addition to the garden. Bring your camera.
  • One-of-a-kind botanical garden with beautiful grounds and an orchid collection like none other. I recommend going in spring or fall when it's cooler outside. The (relatively) recent addition of a musical jungle garden is whimsical and fun for the kids and playful grownups.
  • Very pleasant well laid out gardens. Worth getting one of the short tours that explains a little more of the history of the gardens and goes into a little detail on the work they do.
  • I enjoy Selby Gardens every time I go. Very peaceful and relaxing. In the fall, and during the holiday season, they have activities for kids and adults.