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Visit Historic Spanish Point

Hours
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

*Open Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*Closed Christmas Day

Tickets are available onsite via contactless purchasing using credit or debit cards. Tickets may also be purchased online for the Historic Spanish Point campus.

Special Hours at Historic Spanish Point campus for indoor exhibit areas.

White Cottage, Mary’s Chapel, Window to the Past, and Packing House are open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Guptill House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. provided there is a volunteer docent available.

Outdoor areas open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Water fountains are closed. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water.

Dining at the Historic Spanish Point campus

We are excited to now offer food service at our Historic Spanish Point campus beginning Friday, September 24, 2021! The food truck offers a variety of sandwiches, beverages, and snacks that can be enjoyed with beautiful bayfront views inside or outside the White Cottage.  Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Outside food cannot be brought into the Historic Spanish Point campus.

Historic Spanish Point campus
Admission

Members Free
Member guests $7
Adults $15
Ages 5-17 $10
Age 4 and under Free

 

Important! Please read the “Admission Details” below for important information about admission pricing.

Address

337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
941.366.5731

NOTE: Reciprocal members and guests with other discounts will be charged $5 during the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition. Please note that Bank of America cardholders are also subject to a $5 charge on the first full weekend of each month. Full-price admission will apply any other time for non-members.

Daytime 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.

Selby Gardens Members

Photo ID Required: Membership in the Gardens is non-transferable. Free admission is for member(s) named on the card(s). We keep our memberships affordable by preventing misuse of member cards, and we appreciate your assistance in showing your Photo ID.

Groups of 8 or More

Groups of 8 or more people receive a discounted admission rate of $18* (Downtown Sarasota campus) and $12* (Historic Spanish Point campus) per person. No additional discounts or coupons can be used in conjunction with the group rate. *An additional  $5 will be added on tours during our special exhibition.

Members of the Selby Gardens will be admitted at no charge. Members’ guests will be admitted for half price. The number of guests a member may bring in varies depending on the level of their membership.

Please Note: Group tickets must be purchased in advance. For additional information, visit "Self-Guided Group Experience" or contact: Ross Johnston, Manager of Visitor Engagement, at 941.366.5731 ext. 243 or rjohnston@selby.org

Local Reciprocal Visitors

Photo ID is required. Members of participating local attractions receive free or reduced admission to Selby Gardens during designated months. These benefits extend only to the member(s) named on the membership card(s). View a list of participating attractions.

American Horticultural Society

Photo ID is required. Members of the American Horticultural Society receive free or reduced admission. These benefits extend only to the member(s) named on the membership card(s). A family, couple, or household membership card that does not list the names will admit two of the members. View list of participating Gardens.

Note: Free or reduced admission does not apply to Special Events, Group Tours, Exhibits or Major Fundraising Events

Museums on Us® Bank of America Program

Selby Gardens participates in the Bank of America Museums on Us® program, which provides Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders’ free general admission more than 175 of the nation’s finest arts, cultural and educational institutions during the first full weekend of every month. (Please Note: A $5 admission fee will be applied during special exhibitions) Learn more.

Downtown Sarasota Campus

From I-75
Take exit 210 toward Sarasota / St. Armands – 0.4 mi
Merge onto Fruitville Rd. – 6.0 mi
Turn left onto N. Tamiami Trail – 0.2 mi
Continue onto Bayfront Dr. – 0.7 mi
Turn right onto S. Palm Ave.
Destination will be on the right.

Heading south on US-41
Slight left onto US-41 S. / S. Tamiami Trail – 4.0 mi
Keep left at the fork.
Continue to follow US-301 S. – 11.4 mi
Turn right onto 3rd St. / Fruitville Rd. – 1.0 mi
Turn left onto N. Tamiami Trail – 0.2 mi
Continue onto Bayfront Dr. – 0.7 mi
Turn right onto S. Palm Ave.
Destination will be on the right.

Heading north on US-41
US-41 North.
Slight left onto Mound St. / S. Tamiami Trail at US-301 / US-41 fork.
Continue to follow Mound St. – 0.6 mi
Turn left onto S. Palm Ave.
Destination will be on the right.

Parking & Transportation
Limited free, on-site parking can be accessed from Palm Avenue or from Orange Avenue. During peak season, popular exhibits and special events, these lots are often at capacity so it’s best to be prepared for other options. These include free city parking lots, including the Burns Square Parking Lot on Orange Avenue across from Dolphin Street. Three city garages, including the State Street Parking Garage at 1538 State Street between Lemon and Orange Avenues, are generally free, but may charge a fee for entry during special events.

Find more information and a map of city parking facilities here.

Selby Gardens welcomes bike riders and bike racks are available near the Welcome Center.

Historic Spanish Point Campus

From North of Osprey, Florida
Take exit 205 for FL-72 toward Sarasota/Arcadia - 0.3 mi
Turn right onto FL-72 W - 0.9 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Honore Ave - 1.0 mi
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Honore Ave - 0.5 mi
Turn right onto Palmer Ranch Pkwy - 0.7 mi
Turn left onto McIntosh Rd - 2.9 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto US-41 S/N Tamiami Trail - 2.3 mi
Historic Spanish Point will be on your right.

From South of 41 and I-75
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 195 for Laurel Rd toward Nokomis - 0.3 mi
Follow Laurel Rd E and US-41 N to N Tamiami Trail in Osprey - 8.3 mi
Use any lane to turn left onto Laurel Rd E - 3.2 mi
Turn right onto US-41 N/N Tamiami Trail - 4.8 mi
Turn right onto Church St - 282 ft
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Washington Ave - 0.1 mi
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Green St - 292 ft
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto N Tamiami Trail
Historic Spanish Point will be on your right.

Visitor Guidelines and Policies

Guidelines

  • Preserve our plant collections, art installations, trees, and historic artifacts. Please refrain from picking flowers, leaves, labels, climbing trees or disturb our collections in any way.
  • Outside food and beverages are not permitted at either campus. We have on-site dining options that can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.
  • Help support sustainability by using the trash and recycling receptacles found throughout the Gardens.
  • Visitors are welcome to take photos and videos for personal use. See Photography Policies for complete details.
  • For commercial and professional photography, please refer to our Photography Policies for details.
  • Service animals are welcome per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); however, pets are not permitted at either campus.
  • Please help keep the Gardens relaxing for everyone—bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, and loud music are not permitted.
    Smoking of any kind (including e-cigarettes and vaporizers) is not permitted.
  • Animals living at both campuses are wild—please do not feed or touch them.
  • Please do not wade, fish, or swim in any body of water on-site or adjacent to the Gardens.
  • Firearms are not permitted.

Inclement Weather Policy

There are no general admission refunds due to inclement weather. However, Selby Gardens reserves the right to close either campus for safety during extreme weather conditions. If this occurs, we will issue passes for a one-day admission to anyone already inside the Gardens. Individual ticketed events have their own rain policies and will be provided on event-specific pages.

 

 

Pets and Service Animals

Selby Gardens does not allow pets on either the Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses; however, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are permitted. As defined by the ADA, a service animal means any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. For more information regarding this policy, please read HERE.

Taking Photos at Selby Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) welcomes photographers to take photos and/or videos of the Gardens for personal use during normal business hours. For all other uses, please note the following:

Wedding Photography

The only wedding-related (bride, groom, family, wedding party, etc.) photography permitted at Selby Gardens is that which is in taken in conjunction with a wedding contracted through Selby Gardens and held on Selby Gardens' property.

Special Occasion Photography

Special Occasion Photography is considered any staged/group photo shot and may include, but is not limited to: family reunions, holidays, engagements, anniversaries, quinceañera, graduations, prom, pregnancy, blogs, birthdays, etc.

The number of Special Occasion Photography sessions (amateur or professional) permitted at either Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses during normal operating hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is limited to a maximum of five per day. Advance reservations are recommended, but not required.  A $100 deposit is required.

Special Occasion Photography guests without an advance reservation may not be able to have a photography session if the maximum number of sessions has already been reached that day.

Special Occasion Photography Guidelines:
General admission is required for all members of the photo session
Standard membership privileges apply
Special Occasion Photography is NOT permitted in the Conservatory without an advance reservation and tripods are never permitted in the Conservatory
All Special Occasion Photography sessions must be completed within a two-hour timeframe and guest must leave Selby Gardens' grounds or the following will be in place:

Special Occasion Photography Fees
– $100 (parties up to five – including the photographer and any assistants)
– $200 (parties of six to 10 – including the photographer and any assistants)
Parties exceeding 10 guests must follow Commercial Photography guidelines below

Commercial Photography

Advance reservations are required for all commercial photography sessions and arrangements must be made through Selby Gardens' External Relations Department at least three business days in advance.

Projects will be approved on a case-by-case basis
Non-refundable $250 deposit (put towards overall cost)
Changing rooms are not available

Commercial Photography Pricing:

Still Photography*
Four (4) hours – half-day: $500
Eight (8) hours – full-day: $1,000

Videography*
Four (4) hours – half-day: $1,000
Eight (8) hours – full-day: $2,000

Television and Major Motion Pictures *
Eight (8) hours – full-day: $10,000
* $125 per hour, per person before or after office hours

All photography fees collected directly support the Selby Gardens' mission of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history .

Student Photography and Filming

Individual student (high school, college, or university) photographers/videographers and non-profit organizations are subject to the same guidelines that apply to commercial projects. Students and organizations must contact the External Relations Department in advance for project authorization. Projects will be approved on a case-by-case basis. A reduced fee, in accordance with the scope of the project request, may be offered.

  • In general, students must fill out and send the application at least seven business days in advance of the shoot.
  • Students must submit scans of valid student ID and a letter of support from a teacher/professor regarding the project.
  • Large student projects may also be asked to provide a certificate of insurance from the school.
  • Dressing room facilities are not available.
  • Must follow all guidelines and restrictions for photography/videography.

Guidelines for all Special Occasion and Commercial Photography and Videography

Please note the following rules regarding wedding, special occasion and commercial photography, as well as videography and drone footage, at Selby Gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which Selby Gardens, in name or visual form, will appear.

The photography session must not block visitor flow and enjoyment of the either campus.

All individuals and photographers must stay on general pathways and out of plants, flowers, and trees; and should refrain from placing equipment on plants, planting material or the like.

Rearrangement of plants or planted materials is prohibited.

Sitting, walking, standing or use of a structure for any use other than its intended purpose is prohibited.

Changing of clothing or photography/videography of bathing suits or lingerie is not permitted. Nudity, in any form, is strictly prohibited.

If an individual or photographer fails to comply with the outlined rules and policies, Selby Gardens reserves the right to deny permission for photography/videography, may stop a photography session at anytime during the photo shoot, and ask the individuals to the leave the premises without reimbursement of any pre-paid fees.

Media

All media sessions must be approved through the External Relations Department, including any content intended for print, radio, television, or film. Press requests will be handled separately from all other photography/videography requests.

To discuss your needs and make arrangements, please message our External Relations Department at marketing@selby.org.

Please note: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens reserves the right to turn away photographers who meet any of the above criteria, and have Right of Refusal based on ethical guidelines/content.

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