Visit Selby Gardens


Hours & Admissions

Get the 411 on daily hours, special events, department contact email and phone numbers, as well as admission for children, adults, members, school groups and military.


We want to make it easy for you to find your way to our uniquely located tropical, urban oasis on Sarasota Bay. Whether arriving by car, foot or bicycle, find all the wayfinding details you need.

Plan Your Visit to Selby Gardens

Knowing what to expect before you arrive and what surprises may be planned for the day you visit will enhance your experience. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “the earth laughs in flowers” so come prepared for fun!

Adult Tours at the Gardens

Enhance your visit with one of the many daily “walk and talk” tours conducted by experienced docents weaving local history, horticultural tidbits and the science of botany into a 45-minute tour featuring Gardens highlights.

Schools and Teachers

There’s always something “growing on” in the Gardens, and classes will find a wide variety of developmentally appropriate curriculum explorations in a living space where science, art, math, language arts and social studies intersect for students who thrive in a hands-on environment!

Dining at the Gardens

The historic Selby House Café offers a wide variety of snacks, refreshments (including wine / beer), salads, sandwiches and fresh-baked goodies. Pause and refresh in the shade of Marie Selby’s banyan grove.

The Garden Shop

As ever-changing as the flowers in the Gardens, the Garden Shop has a dynamic inventory of jewelry, accessories, gifts, custom floral arrangements and living plants. Shopping available daily without paid admission.


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