• The Children's Rainforest Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a tropical jungle environment where kids can freely discover, explore, and play. It features a 12’ waterfall, swinging bridges, field research stations to inspire curious minds, caves for exploring, and an adventure trail in addition to an Amazon village with an amphitheater. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Children’s Rainforest Garden in Sarasota

The Children’s Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The Children’s Rainforest Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a tropical jungle environment where kids can freely discover, explore, and play. It features a 12’ waterfall, swinging bridges, field research stations to inspire curious minds, caves for exploring, and an adventure trail in addition to an Amazon village with an amphitheater.

There is a 100-year-old Banyan tree that is the centerpiece of the Garden.

Single entry/exit assures that no child can enter or exit without parental supervision.

Children will love the hands-on activities and programs offered at the adjacent Kids’ Corner. Read Selby Botanical Gardens’ featured blog article – click here

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features an outdoor butterfly garden, bromeliad garden, bamboo garden, epiphyte garden, fern garden, a mangrove walkway, and a breathtaking tropical conservatory display garden with more than 6,000 orchids!

This Sarasota Bay bayfront property in an open-air and under-glass botanical garden featuring more than 20,000 colorful and exotic plants. The overall gardens and greenhouses at Selby occupy approximately 11 acres while the entire campus setting is comprised of 16 acres. There is also an on-site cafe and gift shop.

Closed on Christmas Day.

COVID-19 UPDATES:

Outdoor areas are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Select indoor areas at both the Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses are open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In accordance with CDC and local guidelines, all guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks. In addition, the capacity of indoor areas will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

For a complete list of reopening guidelines and protocols please visit selby.org.

Below, you will find details about contactless ticketing and other safety protocols in effect at both campuses.

MEMBERSMembers have access to both our Downtown campus and Historic Spanish Point campus.

Please bring your membership card (from either Selby Gardens or Historic Spanish Point) and ID with you.

Member guest pricing is as follows: $15 per member guest at Historic Spanish Point campus, $25 per member guest at Downtown Sarasota campus.

Tickets for guests may be purchased onsite at either campus using credit or debit cards – no cash will be accepted. Tickets may also be pre-purchased online. 

The day of your visit, please bring either a printed receipt or have it available on your smartphone.

American Horticulture Society reciprocal memberships will be accepted at both campuses.

North American Museum Reciprocal and ROAM program memberships will only be accepted at the Historic Spanish Point campus.

To renew your membership at either campus, please visit Selby Gardens Membership, email membership@selby.org, or call 941.248.3525. In an effort to limit face-to-face interaction, we will not process renewal or new member requests in-person at either campus.

A limited selection of refreshments will be available for purchase at the Selby House Café.

Water fountains will be closed. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water. Please no other outside food or beverage.