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Explore the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus

When you think of Florida, you probably think of sandy beaches and crystal waters. However, the natural beauty doesn’t stop there. For those staying at a Sarasota rental from Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, one of the most breathtaking attractions you can explore is the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus. To help you get the most out of your visit, we’ve put together a cheat sheet of important information.

What to Know about This Sarasota Attraction

Found on South Palm Avenue is the downtown Sarasota campus of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The 15-acre site rests on the grounds of Marie and William Selby’s former home. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the gardens have shortened hours on certain holidays. Admission costs vary depending on age, and tickets can be purchased online.

To get the most out of your visit, we highly recommend allowing at least two hours. However, you can spend even long strolling the paths weaving through the gardens. A great way to explore this spot is on a guided tour. Topics covered on the tours include the botanical research of the gardens, a look at the current greenhouse botanical collection, and the current art exhibition. You can combine programs for a special bundled rate. If you’d rather explore on your own, there are audio tours available. 

What to See During Your Visit

There are several unique areas to discover when wandering the gardens. The rainforest section is home to a tropical conservatory, a koi pond, a bamboo garden, and more. There’s a succulent garden in the desert area, while you can get an up-close look at a tidal lagoon in the native Florida section. There is a path that takes you to each attraction, so you can rest assured that you won’t miss any of the beautiful flora.

Reserve Your Sarasota Home Base

Whether visiting with family, and friends, or planning a trip for two, Sarasota is the perfect vacation destination. Explore attractions like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus or local beaches before unwinding in your Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals home. 

Our inventory of Florida rentals in Sarasota includes homes and condos, which means we have options for groups of all sizes and budgets. No matter which property you choose, you’ll have all the comfort of your home. For help to reserve your Sarasota rental, call 941-877-5588.