Selby Gardens

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Tel: 941-366-5730

Fax: 941-366-5731

More than 20 display gardens are featured, including beautiful orchids. Don't miss the world-renowned rainforest research center. Also on view is a garden of epiphytes, or air plants. A plant and book shop, learning center, and museum of botanical art are available.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Tel: 941-355-1112

Jungle Gardens, the oldest attraction in Sarasota, features thousands of exotic plants and trees from around the world. The garden is also home to a number of tropical animals, including leopards, emus and monkeys. You can actually have a flamingo eat out of your hand. Children can swing and slide on animal characters in the Kiddy Jungle. Take in educational reptile and alligator shows, and entertaining new shows like Meet the Keeper, Birds of Prey, and Critters & Things. Play basketball and test your I.Q. against a variety of parrots in the bird show. A full snack bar is available.