Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • The park was nice it was hard to find the trails that would lead you to the reflecting pool and stuff like that. They were putting up figurines that were really pretty. Overall one of the nicest place...  read more »
  • Amazing place for walking, relax and increase life energy. Quiet place, nice place to escape from large and rush city. 
  • We visited this state park on a Saturday while in town meeting family. It was gorgeous- the grounds were beautiful and I imagine when the flowers are in bloom it is breathtaking. The view from one of ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This park is my favorite in town. The lake and trails and location make it my home away from home. I love to visit aby chance I get.
  • Maclay's Gardens at 1 mile North of I-10 practically matches an I-10 rest stop for convenience, except it has a Fresh Market grocery for picnic supplies at its entrance instead of vending machines. You can have a real foodie picnic (minus proper beverages) in a hurry. But you won't want to hurry from the park! The only negatives are no pets in the Garden area and the no wine or beer for the picnic!
  • Beautiful estate left by Alfred Maclay. Impressive array of trees and flowers with beautiful views of the lake. Make sure you catch the blooming magnolias around mid April.
  • Excellent gardens and a beautiful lake. Very relaxing to walk around and enjoy the scenery.
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