Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee
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The Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens is a 1176acre Florida State Park, botanical garden and historic site, located in Tallahassee, in northwestern Florida. The address is 3540 Thomasville Road.The gardens are also a U.S. historic district known as the Killearn Plantation Archeological and Historic District. It received that designation on August 16, 2002. According to the National Register of Historic Places, it contains 18 historic buildings, 4 structures and 4 objects.HistoryThe gardens began in 1923 when Alfred Barmore Maclay and his wife, Louise Fleischman, bought the site. Maclay named his gardens Killearn, after the birth place of his great-grandfather in Scotland, and developed them continuously until his death. His wife continued their development, opened them to the public in 1946, and in 1953 donated some 307acre of their estate, including the gardens, to the Florida Board of Park Service. In 1965 the gardens were renamed in Maclay's honor, to avoid confusion with the new adjacent development called Killearn Estates.
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  • My 8-year-old son and I visited the Maclay Gardens State Park to break up a long drive home because Mom was getting sleepy and road weary. We visited the boat ramp and the playground, and then headed ...  more »
  • This park had a couple of sections. One area had picnic tables, a swimming area, a boat launch, and a dock where a kayak, paddle board or canoe could be put in the water. This area also had signs warn...  more »
  • My husband and I just went here on 11/16 and enjoyed ourselfs so much! This is a lovely park, right in the north part of Tallahassee. It has two beautiful lakes, we saw one that was for for recreation...  more »
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  • Beautiful State Park just off the highway. Great variety of things to do. Swim, fish, kayak (rentals available), short hikes, long hikes, mountain bike, horseback ride (your horses), grassy open areas, picnic tables, grills, large pavilions, beautiful historic gardens to tour. Excellent staff. A place I visit regularly. Pet friendly.
  • This is one of my favorite place in the city. It's normally pretty quiet, you can really relax and hear your own thought. if it's getting a little crowded, you can always find another path..
  • Very quiet and relaxing place to take the family. Beautiful gardens... Watch the water, swim, grill, and play all in the same spot.
  • Tranquil and asthetically pleasing gardens full of lush landscapes and pathways. Water outlines certain areas as does an old water pool which reflects the vegetation. This is a beautiful spot for family photos and picnics. Alfred Maclay Gardens is one of Tallahassee's treasures.
  • I drive through this area once per year, and I always make a stop here. It's a beautiful park with lovely gardens and great scenery.