Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Welcome to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas.
These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home.
Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Boats without gas-powered motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the lakeshore provide the perfect setting for a picnic.
For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy six miles of shared-use trails and five miles of designated biking trails winding through the woods surrounding Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens.
Peak blooming season is from January 1 through April 30, with the floral peak in mid-to-late March. During these months, a special fee is charged for visiting the gardens and the historic Maclay House.
Annual special events include Tour of Gardens in May, Kids Fishing Day in June, Scarecrows, Moon Over Maclay - Jazz in the Gardens and Camellia Christmas in December. Other events and ranger programs are offered throughout the year.
Plan Your Visit
Special Events at Maclay Gardens
Every Stamp Is A Story
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Photo Gallery
Gardens at Florida State Parks
First Saturday Work Day
Sat, May 4, 2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDTThe first Saturday of each month, our Florida Conservation Corps members will provide an opportunity for those in the community who may need volunteer service hours for school, scouts or other civic groups, or who just want to help the park.
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