A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, walled garden, and hundreds of camellias and azaleas.

The beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home.

Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Boats without gas-powered motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the lakeshore provide the perfect setting for a picnic.

For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy six miles of shared-use trails and five miles of designated biking trails winding through the woods surrounding Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens.

Peak blooming season is from January 1 through April 30, with the floral peak in mid-to-late March. During these months, a special fee is charged for visiting the gardens and the historic Maclay House.

Annual special events include Tour of Gardens in May, Kids Fishing Day in June, Scarecrows, Moon Over Maclay – Jazz in the Gardens, and Camellia Christmas in December. Other events and ranger programs are offered throughout the year.

Location

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Florida
3540 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309, United States

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Hours

The park and the historic gardens are open 8 a.m. until sunset daily.

The Maclay House museum is open January through April, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

Fees

Admission

  • $6 per vehicle (up to eight people). Does not include gardens entry, January through April.
  • $4 single-occupant vehicle.
  • $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
  • $6 garden entry: Adults during blooming months (January through April).
  • $3 garden entry: Children ages 2 to 12 during blooming months (January through April).

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Contact Details

Phone: (850) 487-4556

Official Website: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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