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Visit the Downtown Sarasota Campus

Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.*

The Museum of Botany & the Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


*Closed Christmas Day

Downtown Sarasota campus

Member guests$10
Ages 5-17$10
Age 4 and underFree


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


1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

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 10 or More

Groups of 10 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.

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 & Policies


  • 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 the Downtown Sarasota campus. We have on-site dining options that can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.  Food may be brought to the Historic Spanish Point campus.
  • 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. (link)
  • 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

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens does not allow pets on MSBG grounds. 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 see HERE.

Taking Photos at Selby Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (MSBG) 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 MSBG is that which is in taken in conjunction with a wedding contracted through MSBG and held on MSBG 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 MSBG during normal operating hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is limited to a maximum of five per day. Advance reservations (require a $100 deposit) are recommended, but not 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 MSBG grounds or …

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 MSBG’s Marketing Department at least three business days in advance.

Projects approved on a case-by-case basis
Non-refundable $250 deposit
Changing rooms are not available

Commercial Photography Pricing:

Still Photography*
4 hours – half day: $500
8 hours – full day: $1,000

4 hours – half day: $1,000
8 hours – full day: $2,000

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

All photography fees collected directly support the mission of MSBG in developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

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 Gardens.
All individuals and photographers must stay on general Gardens 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 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, 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.


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

To discuss your needs and make arrangements, please message our Marketing Department.

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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