Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Sarasota
Historic Walking Area · Garden
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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  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and the regional history. Established by forward thinking women.....  more »
  • It's hot and muggy all the time in Florida so starting off in the tropical conservatory was painful after leaving the AC but totally a room you don't want to miss. The rest of the gardens were...  more »
  • I came here with my family recently with the expectation of a decent little park to see. I couldn't have been more wrong! What incredible place to see exotic plants from all over the world. Absolutely stunning visuals here for photographers and casual walkers alike. We will definitely make this a routine visit going forward.
  • What a remarkable way to spend the afternoon! We were asked to vacate the gardens early due to a pending thunderstorm... luckily, I had already been exploring for quite some time, but I could have spent considerably more. It is so meticulously curated to allow visitors to discover new vistas and vantage points throughout - if you see a path, take it! The orchids are behind a small wall and there's a hidden seat to take in the waterfall with a much more upclose perspective and every turn there's something else that will make you say some variation of "wow." Worth the money and the heat of the day!

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