Maclay Gardens has something for everyone! This 1,184 acre state park showcases one man's passion for beauty- the spectacular gardens which are its centerpiece. Alfred Maclay was a wealthy banker and financier from New York. He visited Tallahassee with his wife, Louise Fleischmann Maclay in 1923 and was so impressed by the huge oaks and pines, beautiful dogwoods and hollies, that he decided this would be the place to fulfill his lifelong dream of creating a beautiful garden, and this would be their winter home. Nestled in the gardens is the historic Maclay House, open January through April at the height of the blooming season. The house was originally built in 1906 as a hunting lodge. Mr. Maclay extensively renovated the house between 1923 and 1925. It originally had only one bedroom, which is now our museum area. Guided group tours of the gardens and Maclay House are available with advance notice. Please contact the Ranger Station (850) 487-4556 for more information.
Picnic, swim, fish, canoe, kayak or enjoy the playground at the Lake Hall Recreation Area. A boat ramp and dock provide access to boating and fishing. Only electric motors may be used on Lake Hall.
Lake Overstreet offers eleven miles of trails through unspoiled woodlands. Enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding on these peaceful, pristine paths.
The park hosts many activities throughout the year. Park programs include gardening workshops, children's activities, Ranger-led walks and outdoor concerts.
The gardens are a beautiful setting for weddings. Park facilities, including a small cottage for receptions or meetings, may be rented for private events. Contact the Ranger Station (850) 487-4556 for more information.