Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Maclay House Closure
Due to renovations currently underway in the museum, the Maclay House will remain closed this winter. Please check back for any changes in status. Thank you for your understanding.
Limited Visitation at this Park
Effective May 5, 2021: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is open. Canoe/kayak launch is available. Restroom availability may be limited; all other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
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.
The 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
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Photo Gallery
Lake Overstreet trails
Fantastic World Of Fireflies
Fri, May 21, 2021 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDTJoin Park Ranger Billy Blair to learn about the magical fireflies that emerge after dark. After a brief educational talk, group will walk to the Maclay House front lawn to marvel at and catch fireflies.
Lounging On A Lily Pad
Sat, May 22, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDTJoin Park Ranger Story Fortner for a program exploring freshwater lake ecosystems in the Florida Panhandle. Venture into the shallows of Lake Hall with a net and see what kinds of amphibians, plant life and fish you can find.