Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

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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. See Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and all Sarasota has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sarasota trip planner.
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  • We visited these gardens and had a nice time but liked the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit that had last year better than the exhibit they had this year. Overall they are well kept and a nice place to enjoy....  more
    We visited these gardens and had a nice time but liked the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit that had last year better than the exhibit they had this year. Overall they are well kept and a nice place to enjoy....  more »
  • I was concerned about wandering around outside in the sun but most of the grounds is shaded and beautifully peaceful. We loved seeing the variety of plants. Take time to sit and have a snack at the....  more
    I was concerned about wandering around outside in the sun but most of the grounds is shaded and beautifully peaceful. We loved seeing the variety of plants. Take time to sit and have a snack at the....  more »
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  • A beautiful variety of native Florida plants and other tropicals, beautifully displayed! The numerous orchids in the glory of their forms and colors are a treat to the eyes. A cacao tree in fruit, surrounded by orchids was whimsical! It is truly incredible that such a diversity of plant life and sheer numbers of plants and trees can be enjoyed in the limited space. The bay walk with it's mangrove stands, and the look out with brown pelicans in the vicinity was a true delight. The water is clear and shallow enough so that one can see horseshoe crabs come out of the sand to scour the ocean floor for food. This place is a museum, an art gallery, a nature preserve and a monument to history. There's something for everyone, with ample spots to rest while taking in the display of nature all around.
  • We've gone to several botanical gardens, but this one is by far the best. Not only because of the size, but the wild animals around there were cool (dozens of little geckos, some storks and other birds), and I loved how they had all these hidden paths (more-so "less obvious" than actually hidden) If you find something that sort of looks like a narrow path, walk down it. There are several and they often lead to other trees or little hangout spots. Unlike other gardens were you strictly stick to the path, you can walk all over here. I definitely recommend it.

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