Monday, September 26, 2016

Took a Walk Around the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, FL

reflection pool alfred b maclay gardens state park

The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is located at 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL  32309.  The best time to see the blooming flowers is around January - April and there is a separate admission price to view the gardens during that time.

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Nadia and I traveled to the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in March after our visit to the Garden Festival at EPCOT.  it took us about 3 hours to arrive in Tallahassee from Orlando, FL.

The park is just like your normal Florida State Park with hiking, picnicking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking; the only exception, is the beautiful garden.  I have never really seen a garden like this in Florida.

When you first enter the park and pay the admission at the gate, you drive a little ways to the Garden Parking.  You will find restrooms available outside the gates to the garden.

Now, let's go for a walk:

Gardens in Florida Brick walkway

trees with moss in Florida

As we walked further down the path, we came upon the Maclay House.  It was open to walk through and they were giving tours.  The house is filled with interpretive exhibits.  It was a very cozy looking house, but we did not get to listen to the tour.  Nadia was a little cranky from the big day at EPCOT the day before.

Maclay House in Tallahassee Florida
The Maclay House
After we left the house, we continued our walk; look what we found next:

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Fountain maclay gardens

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We saw butterflies and many bumblebees, which were very big.  Nadia was scared of them.  We were only chased by one near the reflection pool, but he eventually left us alone.  Hey, bumblebees are a part of nature and help with the pollination of all the pretty flowers.

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Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee Florida

Reflection Pool tallahassee

This garden was so pretty and big.  If I lived here, I would need an annual pass.  I would come here and read a book to escape for a while.

Northern Florida Gardens

The Reflection Pool at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

There is also a huge lake to walk by and admire.

Nadia and I spent about two hours in the gardens.  We still had some more places to visit that day so we did not get a chance to explore the rest of the park.  

You can check out the park website for more information, prices and schedules.