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Adult Tours at the Gardens

Group tour programs provide an immersive experience of Selby Gardens and highlight art installations, botanical research, history, and behind the scenes explorations. Guests receive a discounted group rate and supplemental educational materials. Tours are led by expertly trained educators and are appropriate for all ages, audiences, and mobility levels. Looking for something special? Our tours can be tailored to meet the specific needs and requests of the groups.

 

General Tour Information

  • Tours must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. Last-minute bookings can be accommodated and subject to a service fee.
  • Payments can be made in advance or upon arrival; one form of payment preferred.
  • Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., and are bookable on the half-hour (11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., etc.), with the last tour available at 4 p.m.
  • Group rates are not available from the Welcome Center. Members and the general public are required to reserve advance tickets to qualify.
  • No additional discounts, coupons, or guest passes may be used.
  • Comfortable shoes and attire are suggested, as the tours have both indoor and outdoor components.
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCA) and bus drivers receive free admission with their groups.
  • Guided and Self-Guided Tours are fully ADA accessible. Wheelchairs are available on loan, free of charge, but are limited in number and are on a first-come-first-served basis (unless reserved).
  • Hungry after your tour? Ask about our bundled dining packages and special rates, in partnership with the Selby Cafe. Reserved seating, private dining areas, boxed lunches, buffet options, dietary accommodations, are available.
  • For questions about group tours, contact: Ross Johnston, Manager of Visitor Engagement, at 941.366.5731 ext. 243 or rjohnston@selby.org
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Guided Tour

  • Group Size: 8 person minimum.
  • Duration: 45 minutes.
  • Pricing: Varies by current exhibition: 
    • $28 – Standard rate
    • $33 – Special exhibition rate
    • One form of payment preferred
  • Members do not receive a special rate, as their purchase pertains to the educator-guided experience. 
  • Includes:  
    • A welcome educational orientation by a staff member
    • Supplemental reading and learning materials
    • An educational audio tour
    • Educator-guided walking tour
  • Tour Themes:
    • Gardens Tour – Current botanical research and Selby Gardens’ history.
    • Art Tour – Current art exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.
    • Conservatory Tour – Current botanical collection in the greenhouses. 
  • Tours are dependent on the availability of an educator guide.
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Self-Guided Group Experience

  • Group Size: 8 person minimum
  • Duration: Self-paced
  • Pricing: Varies by current exhibition:
    • $18 – Standard rate
    • $23 – Special exhibition rate
    • One form of payment preferred
  • Members are free
  • Weekend tour groups check-in at Will Call inside the Welcome Center to receive tour materials.
  • Includes:
    • A welcome educational orientation by a staff member (for weekday tours)
    • Supplemental reading and learning materials
    • An educational audio tour
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