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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  • We enjoyed walking around these gardens at the end of January. We were warned that there wouldn't be much blooming because of the cold spell, but we were quite happy with the camellias. If you are fro...  more »
  • A wonderful scenic place for walking. They have many varieties of plants—our January trip gave us so many varieties of camellia. Paths are wide, smooth so the walk is good for all ages.  more »
  • Beautiful estate of the Maclay family. Mr. Maclay loved camellias and the grounds are full of them. If you are looking for winter blooms and a historic upscale estate you’ll enjoy this.  more »
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  • Beautiful landscaping and perhaps some of the most photographed spots in the region. March through May brings an incredible display of spring flowers. There are great walking and hiking trails too.
  • The Alfred gardens in Tallahassee, are exquisite and maintained immaculately. My wife and I go to the gardens at least 4 times a year to relax. This place is beautiful and is a must see!
  • $6 admission per vehicle $2 admission per person (bicycle, walking , running) Open 8:00 am to sunset Quite garden , not crowded Beautiful Scenic Restrooms available Water fountain available Ideal for wedding or photography Be ready to do a lot of walking. Wear comfortable walking shoes , bring water , sunscreen. Expect to spend 45 minutes to and hour and a half visiting this state park A small portion of the garden is child stroller and wheel chair accessible but the majority of the trails are NOT paved. I saw multiple parents with unhappy/screaming children walking on the unpaved trails. I would advise (if you plan on bringing children) to stay on the paved walk ways, put the child in a stroller , keep the visit short. I would have given this state park 5 stars but the lady at the visitor center wasn’t very friendly or informative.
  • This is a beautiful place to spend a few hours. The gardens are gorgeous, allowing for a pleasant walk that displays nature in all its glory. This is a family-friendly venue, too.
  • It is a garden in a state park setting. Nice garden and good to just walk around.

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