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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This beautiful park is 1,184 acres of land, located between urban Tallahassee and suburban Leon County. It has formal gardens, two lakes and a series of trails, all on former plantation lands.

The gardens are open year-round and the historic Maclay House Museum is open during blooming season, which is January through April. You can arrange a guided tour by calling the park at (850) 487-4556.

Lake Hall Recreation Area has a playground and picnic tables for taking the kids to play. In the warmer seasons, you can enjoy the swimming area. There is also a dock for fishing and kayaks are also available. Or, you may take a guided tour with The Wilderness Way.

Lake Overstreet has over eight miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Special Events take place throughout the year. Camelia Christmas took place on December 5th with luminary-lit walkways, cookies and apple cider. Santa Claus also made an appearance. Monthly programs include plant care workshops and children’s activities. The gardens are also available for weddings and receptions.

Entrance fee- $6.00






  1. This is one of our favorite pitstops when we make the drive to Jacksonville. It is perfect because it is in the middle of Pensacola and Jacksonville! We pack a picnic and eat it on the grounds, let the kids run off some energy, and there is always some plant life blooming/growing year round!

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  3. Hi Jen, this is a perfect stopping point when traveling down I10. It’s just off the interstate. Great place for a picnic & stretching the legs. We were excited to discover this park. I bet it’s really nice in the spring.