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Adult Group Tours at Historic Spanish Point

Tour Our Historic Spanish Point Campus

Group tour programs provide an immersive experience of Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus and highlight special exhibitions, history, archeological research, native plants, and much more! Group tours include a discounted group rate, educational resources, and special insights into the natural beauty of Florida peoples and environments. Tours are led by trained educators and are appropriate for all ages and audiences. Looking for something special? Our tours can be tailored to meet the specific needs and requests of your group visit.

General Tour Information

  • Tours may be booked starting at 11:00 a.m., and can be reserved every half hour, with the last tour available at 3:30 p.m.
  • For groups of 20+ people, a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time the tour is confirmed. This deposit will be deducted from the program total during final payment. This deposit is refundable only when Selby Gardens initiates a cancellation.
  • One form of payment required. Payments are accepted in advance or upon arrival.
  • Group rates are not available at the Historic Spanish Point Welcome Gazebo. Members and the general public are required to reserve advance tickets to qualify for the group rate.
  • Historic Spanish Point tours must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Last-minute bookings may be available, however are subject to additional fees.
  • Tour tickets include general admission. No additional discounts, coupons, or guest passes may be used. No refunds will be issued for day-of-event adjustments in attendance.
  • Comfortable shoes and attire are suggested, as the tours are primarily outdoors.
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCA) and bus drivers receive free admission with their groups.
  • Bring sunscreen, a camera, a reusable water bottle, and a hat.
  • Hungry after your tour? Ask about our bundled dining packages and special rates. Boxed lunches, food trucks, dietary accommodations, and private dining areas are available.
  • Ask about applying your tour ticket towards a Selby Gardens’ membership!
  • For questions about tours, contact: Ross Johnston, Manager of Visitor Engagement, at 941.366.5731 ext. 243 or rjohnston@selby.org
Historic packing house

Guided Tours

  • Tour Topics:
    • History Tour – Regional history of Historic Spanish Point
    • Flora and Fauna – Native Florida plants, animals, and ecosystems
    • Archaeology – Archaeological research and discoveries
  • Includes:
    • An educational orientation welcome by a staff member
    • Learning materials featuring the current exhibition (when applicable)
  • Group Size: 8 person minimum
  • Duration: 90 minutes
    • Walking tour guests should plan to walk approximately 1.25 miles
  • Pricing:
    • $20 per person
  • Members do not receive a special rate, as their tour purchase pertains to the educator-guided experience
  • Tours are dependent on the availability of an educator guide
Entrance to Cocks Footbridge

Self-Guided Tours

  • Includes:
    • An educational orientation welcome by a staff member
    • Learning materials featuring the current exhibition (when applicable)
  • Group Size: 8 person minimum
  • Duration: Self-paced
    • Walking tour guests should plan to walk approximately 1.25 miles
  • Pricing:
    • $12 per person
  • Member participation is at no cost
    • Member participation is not applicable toward the 8 person minimum required to qualify for the group rate
  • Guests check-in for self-guided tours at the Welcome Gazebo
Butterfly House Sarasota

Boat Tours – reserve here

  • Tour Topics:
    • The ecosystems of Little Sarasota Bay.
    • Florida’s regional pioneers, the Webb family, and the replica of their boat, MAGIC.
    • Maritime and landmark history.
  • Includes:
    • An educational orientation welcome by a staff member
    • Learning materials featuring the current exhibition (when applicable)
    • An educator-guided tour
  • Group Size: 6 person maximum per boat ride
    • Minimum of 2 people required for booking
  • Duration: 45 minutes.
  • Pricing:
    • $50 per person ($30 boat ride + $20 food truck lunch voucher); $45 for members
  •  Availability:
    • Departs twice a day, on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Departure #1 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • Departure #2 – 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Boat Tours are a seasonal offering (February-May).
    • The Boat Tours also are dependent on the availability of a guide, captain, tide, and weather.