Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Nature and Wildlife, Other


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by a parent.

Friendly: No.
You must enjoy walking short distances and be able to get in and out of a taxi and/or public transit.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Experience nature where fun is in full bloom with a knowledgeable local guide for a private tour.

Welcome to The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida!

This is not-for profit institution fostering understanding and appreciation of tropical plants, especially Epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), through programs of research, conservation, education and display. Selby Gardens is perhaps best known for its living collection of more than 6, 000 orchids.

The 9. 5 acre bay front property is an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20, 000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on more than 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. The stunning Tropical Display House with its lush rain forest atmosphere, displays unusual flora that can be seen all year round.
Children will delight in our brilliant dart frog collection, the koi pond, and our gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna.

There are displays of art of well known artists all year round!
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule and dates as per request.


Our day and the time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests. Selby Gardens opens at 10 am and closes at 5pm.


While I do my best to ensure that my availability is up-to-date at all times, due to my heavy work load (especially during the peak travel season), my availability may be subject to change at very short notice. To avoid any disappointments, I ask that you send me a message with your preferred tour date and start times BEFORE you book and pay. Please click on the button labelled 'ASK A QUESTION' to send me a message and I will reply to you promptly. Although this tour has an exact time to start and to end, my frame time is from 9am till 9pm in case you would like to do other tours I am offering here. Thank you.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel, rental house, or cruise ship from Tampa Florida or your location in Sarasota.

End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal from Tampa Florida, your hotel, rental house or your location in Sarasota.

Duration: 3 hours

The 3 hours include pick up time and drop up time.


We will take a private vehicle a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for transportation from your location to your designated tour. The vehicle is air conditioned. It fits 5 people comfortably including the driver. It is clean and modern. The tour involves some walking.

What’s Included

My services as your personal tour guide. Transportation to your destination in a private vehicle from the cruise ship terminal from Tampa Florida, your hotel, rental house and your location. Drop off is also included in the tour price.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - Price per person for admission to the Selby Gardens is not included in the tour base price. Breakfast or Lunch is not included in the tour base price.

What’s Extra

You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.

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