Day 92: Stroll through Maclay Gardens State Park

3 Apr

On a spring day, there is no better spot to enjoy Tallahassee’s pitch-perfect climate than Maclay Gardens State Park. Once owned by Alfred Maclay and wife Louise, it was called Killearn Plantation and Gardens. His wife donated the 1,184 acres that was their home to state upon her death. It is now a lovely state park with a lake and well-tended gardens. Visitors can also check out the Maclay house, which offers exhibits on local flora and fauna as well as intact rooms from the early 20th century. The paved trails offer lovely views of chandeliers of Spanish moss and blooming pink and white flowers, though the flowers change with the season. There is a patio area near the lake with chairs available to rest and enjoy the view. The expansive lawn in front of the Maclay house is also a great spot for a picnic. It does cost $6 to enter the state park, and $3 for kids. It’s become a popular spot for weddings, too, so I’d advise against a late Saturday afternoon visit on a spring day.

Address: 3540 Thomasville Road

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2 Responses to “Day 92: Stroll through Maclay Gardens State Park”

  1. Barbara Doran April 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Lily, there are hiking/running trails as well, think you enter from other side of park – I’ll try to get you more info, you might enjoy hiking or running there.

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