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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota
(4.7/5 based on 1,800+ 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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  • I have gone to several of the special events/exhibits at the Selby and always had a great time. They do have occasional outdoor concerts in the garden and they are wonderful combination of music and n...  more »
  • The home of Marie Selby has been turned into an art display while the gardens are landscaped with beautiful common plants as well as rare and exotic plants. A few years ago the Century Plant bloomed. ...  more »
  • such an amazing day just so restful seeing how beautiful the gardens are sitting watching the birds and the fish jumping out of the water. 
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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.