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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Ranked #2 of 141 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

If you love orchids this is a place not to be missed! I go there every time I am in town. It is an oasis of beauty. The green house of orchids when you first go in is enchanting and the grounds never fail to make me relax. It may not be cheap to enter ($19), but for all the perfect beauty and views, it is well worth the price. Plan to spend a few hours to see the grounds

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful and educational gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

These gardens are beautifully and intelligently laid out, with interesting statuary, and informative labels. The orchid collection is excellent, and the volunteers very willing to share their knowledge. The children's rainforest garden is fun (although the rocks could be more realistic ... my only niggle) and the educational room worth a visit. The site is in a great position for views over Sarasota harbour, and its pelicans. The different areas of the garden afford a good overview of native and imported plants and trees. The gift shop stocks high quality goods, and the coffee shop was well worth visiting.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Our first visit here. $19 entry so not cheap. However we had a lovely time. Beautiful setting and lovely walks. Volunteers were there to assist and they were very helpful. You can have a free tea tasting and enjoy a meal in the cafe or take a packed lunch to enjoy in the gardens. Lots of beautiful orchids to admire. Well worth the entry fee.

Visited October 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Beautiful, contemplative space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Selby Gardens is an oasis in Sarasota at any time of year. The plants are always beautiful, and the walkways serene and interesting. There are typically activities posted for various seasons. I have brought many visitors and they are always amazed at how much there is to see and do at a botanic garden.

Visited May 2013
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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“Quality time spent at the Gardens for young and old”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

During the holidays, Lights in Bloom is a must. New Learning/Education Garden for Children, and many events throughout the year such as concerts, sale of plants, etc..

Visited October 2013
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