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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

This year’s spring bloom season is right on schedule!  As I write in early March, oriental magnolias and redbuds are creating a pink splash over the landscape, along with a spectacular bloom of camellias.  It’s like walking through a big pink cloud!  Camellias bloom in many shades of white, red and pink and the flowers are exquisitely fragile and beautiful.  They will continue to bloom until late spring.  These magnificent plants form the “backbone” of the Gardens, with their glossy green leaves serving as the perfect backdrop for other spring flowers that will soon begin to bloom, most notably dogwoods and azaleas. 


The Maclay House museum will be open daily through April 30th, as is traditional every year.  There is no additional charge to tour the historical winter home of the Maclay family, other than the Gardens Entry Fee:  $6.00 per person for ages 13 and up; $3.00 for children ages 2 through 12; and free for children under 2.  The furnishings in the Maclay House are those that the family used when in residence here, starting in the 1920’s, and are their collection of what were already antiques at that time.  An exhibit area in the home tells of the history of Gardens throughout the world and the history of the development of Maclay Gardens.


Maclay Gardens offers many opportunities for volunteering, for those of you who would like to be of service to the park and our community.  You can welcome and inform our visitors as Maclay House or Visitor Center docents, help with gardening, trail maintenance or general maintenance duties.  In all cases, volunteering at Maclay Gardens is fun and educational.  Depending on your interests and duties, you'll learn about local history, horticulture, or other natural or cultural resource matters.  We provide complete training and have monthly brown-bag lunches for all volunteers to get to know one another and to learn about coming events at the park.  For further information contact Ginger Nichols at or call 850-487-4556.


As the weather warms, more people will begin enjoying hiking, biking or horse riding on the Lake Overstreet trails, or picnicking on the shores of Lake Hall at the park’s Recreation Area.  We hope you’ll visit soon for a stroll through the Gardens, a hike on the trails, or join us as a park volunteer!



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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.