GUIDE TO ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK

Do you love being around flowers and experience the serene around them? If yes, you are in the right place because, in this blog, we will share about a place with you where you can visit whenever you visit Florida the next time. 

Tallahassee is definitely a place to stop and smell the flowers. Most of the travelers recommend Alfred B. Maclay Gardens, State Park. So, continue reading! So, this blog is going to be a guide for you to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

This ornamental garden is best known for its azaleas and camellias, but you will also find blooming magnolias, jasmines, gardenias, and gingers here. And they're all picturesquely nestled among two nature trails, bike paths, a reflective pool, and several picnic pavilions.

Recent visitors have said you'll want to linger for hours in the park enjoying the scenery, bird watching, and relaxing inside the lake pavilion. Mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming are other vital activities. However, there is a potential catch: There are two separate entrance fees for this state park. A price is for the park itself, while a separate payment is required to enter the gardens.

The national park and gardens are open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Keep in mind that the peak flowering season is from January to April, with peak flowering from mid-March to the end of March. The house museum is open daily from January to April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enter the park for $ 2 on foot, $ 4 in a single-occupant vehicle, and $ 6 if driving with one or more passengers. It costs between $ 3 and $ 6 to enter the garden, depending on age. This state park is located approximately 7 miles north of downtown Tallahassee.


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

Lake Hall offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Boats without a gasoline engine are permitted. Lakeside pavilions and grills provide the perfect setting for a picnic.

For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails wind through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, cyclists, and horse riders can enjoy six miles of shared-use trails and five miles of designated bike paths winding through the woods surrounding Overstreet Lake, located on the park property adjoining the gardens.


The peak flowering season runs from January 1 to April 30, with a floral peak from mid-March to the end of March. During these months, a special fee is charged for the visit to the gardens and historic Maclay House.

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

All in all, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is one of the best places in Florida where you can visit with your family, family, and even alone. So, what are you waiting for? 

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