If you’ve never been to Selby Gardens, you definitely need to check it out. View stunning flowers and native plants, walk through a rainforest, marvel at towering bamboo and banyans or take a stroll on a boardwalk surrounded by mangrove species native to Florida. During the winter holidays, Selby Gardens come alive with a myriad of wondrous lights. Link: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Nestled on the shores of the beautiful Sarasota Bay, Selby Gardens is a tropical urban oasis with something for everyone. They are open daily from 10AM to 5PM and admission runs from $10 for youth and member guest to $20 for adults. Children under 3 are free. The admission includes all outdoor gardens, Tropical Conservatory, Museum of Botany and the Arts, and the Garden Shop. See event details for special event ticket prices. Special rates are available for groups and schools. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is handicap accessible. Complementary wheelchairs are available in the Welcome Center on a first-come, first-serve basis, and unfortunately cannot be reserved.
About Your Visit
Restrooms are available throughout the gardens. It is a good idea to bring sunglasses and sunscreen – this is Florida! There is a shop onsite where you can pick up some supplies if needed. There are plenty of benches located throughout the gardens so you can take a break when needed. If you get hungry, Michael’s On East offers coffee and tea, and a selection of sandwiches, soups and my favorite: desserts! Menu
Bring your camera! They are welcome in the gardens and you’ll want to record the tropical beauty that surrounds you while you stroll along the pathways. Tripods are not allowed in the conservatory but can be used on the grounds. If you are an artist, feel free to paint or sketch. Creative activities are encouraged!
Bring your laptop or tablet. There are some locations in the gardens that have WiFi. But please be considerate and silence your cell phone so as not to detract from the experience for other visitors. Parking is available onsite but is limited. During peak times it is often full. Other options include city parking lots, the Burns Square Parking Lot on Orange Avenue and 3 city garages.
I recommend you start your day with a visit to the gardens so you can see the beauty of the flowers and plants in the morning light. Then head out into town for lunch and shopping. Then return in the late afternoon and see how the light changes the landscape. Don’t forget to share your photos on Facebook and Instagram so your friends and family can experience the wonder of the gardens too!