Tips For A Successful Visit

The average Gardens visit lasts two hours but many visitors stay for a half or full day.  Your ticket is valid for the entire day until 5 p.m., so feel free to take a break, see what downtown Sarasota has to offer and return to the Gardens.


  • Restrooms are available in three locations throughout the Gardens. 
  • Insect repellant, sunscreen, sunglasses, are great ideas to stay safe and comfortable.  Some supplies are available at the Garden Shop.
  • Bring a stroller if you have a young child, as there is plenty of ground to cover.
  • Complementary wheelchairs are available in the Welcome Center on a first-come, first-serve basis but cannot be reserved.
  • Benches are located throughout the gardens.
  • Please silence phones and electronic devices so that everyone may enjoy the tranquility of the gardens.


  • Local Coffee + Tea Cafe offers fine coffee and tea, as well as sandwiches, soups, and desserts.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the terrace.
  • The Tea Room offers fine teas from Local Coffee +Tea.
  • You are welcome to bring your own lunch, but please leave grills and coolers at home.

Creative Activities

  • Cameras are welcome.  You are surrounded in tropical and waterfront beauty.  For safety reasons tripods and stands are not permitted in the Tropical Conservatory, but are permitted on the grounds.  Please note: professional photographers and media/press using the grounds must acquire permission from the marketing department ahead of time and should review our photography policy.
  • Painting, sketching or other creative activities are encouraged.
  • Feel free to bring your laptop or PDA. There is Wi-Fi in several locations. 

Local Areas of Interest 

Sarasota is a beautiful, cultural gem with plenty to see and do.  Consider exploring the rest of Sarasota and it's islands when you visit.