This tropical botanical garden right at the shores of Sarasota Bay is well-worth a visit. It features a gorgeous orchid exhibition, a children's rainforest garden, a butterfly & bromeliad garden, a banyan grove, a bamboo garden, and a mangrove walkway. Weddings and special celebrations can be held here too. It's a true urban oasis with something for everyone. 
You can enjoy coffe, food and refreshments at Selby House Cafe (inside and outside seating). And of course, there's the Garden Shop that carries an assortment of botanically inspired products.