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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

 About Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Pink and white camellia in full bloom.


Elizabeth Weidner

Note:  The park’s playground is temporarily closed because it was recently damaged by a fallen tree.  Repairs are underway and we hope to reopen it soon.  In the meantime, access is blocked for safety.




This year’s spring bloom has been spectacular!  We’ve had a cool and rainy spring season, which has helped to prolong the blooming season.  The Maclay House will be closed for the year as of May 1st and as the weather gets warmer, we welcome the summer look of cool greens in the Gardens.  Spots of color will be maintained here and there throughout, notably in the Walled Garden, and in containers displayed along the main brick walk in the Gardens.  At this time of year, as well as during the blooming season, a stroll through the Gardens is a perfect way to have the spirit restored to one of peace and serenity, as the Gardens were designed to inspire, by Mr. Maclay.


Warmer weather brings thoughts of picnicking and swimming, kayaking and fishing, cooking out and just taking it easy!  The park’s picnic and recreation area is a great place for all of those activities!  We encourage visitors to arrive early on weekends, to better assure finding a spot.   If more active pursuits are to your liking, the Lake Overstreet trails are a great place to hike, bike, bird-watch, or ride a horse.


We have some great programs coming up!  The 20th annual Tour of Gardens event is set for May 17th, and Kid’s Fishin’ Day at Maclay will be held on June 7th.  Be sure to check the “Activities” and “Events” tabs for all the upcoming programs.    This is also a great time to become a new park volunteer.  The park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, all of which include training, and a chance to meet others who help the park.  Contact the park for more information, at 850-487-4556.

Maclay Gardens offers lots to do, whether as a visitor or a volunteer.  We look forward to welcoming YOU!




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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is located .5 miles north on I-10 on U.S. 319/Thomasville Road. Turn west on Maclay Road. The park is a short distance on the right.


  • Volunteer -

    Volunteering at Maclay Gardens enables you to learn new skills while teaching others. From working in the garden or leading garden tours to Maclay House or visitor center docents, volunteers are an essential key to the park's success. To learn more about volunteering at Maclay, contact Ginger Nichols (850) 487-4115.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Maclay Gardens
  • 3540 Thomasville Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32309



  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets must be on a six-foot, hand-held leash and are only permitted in the Lake Hall recreation area or on the Lake Overstreet trails.