Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, at 3540 Thomasville Rd., .5 mi. n. of I-10 exit 203 on US 319, consists of more than 1,100 acres, including 28 acres of ornamental gardens that are the focal point of the park. New York businessman Alfred B. Maclay and his wife, Louise, began the gardens in 1923…
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…
Maclay Gardens is about 10 minutes away. There is a small fee to get in but worth every penny. There’s a little “lake beach” area with picnic tables and play sets for kids. But acres of beautiful gardens to stroll around in. Perfectly serene. Bring a picnic!
MaClay garden is a place where you can just take a relaxing walk and enjoy the garden or, whether permitted, enjoy energetic outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking and swimming.
“A beautiful little park and walking trail surrounding Lake Ella is complete with small local shops and the occasional food truck nights (usually Thursdays) and live music. Be sure to bring some food to feed the ducks! These ducks grow up around a lot of dogs, as the trail is popular with dog walkers, so they will wag their tails when you approach with food just like a pup!”
“Everyday but ESPECIALLY the first Friday of each month an array of vendors, art show cases, and beer sampling are available at the district. Less than one mile away from The Balancing Place you can shop vintage, buy paintings, or grab some beer from the local brewery. ”
“Florida State Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., is a 22-story tower with House and Senate chambers on either side, both with public viewing galleries. There is an observation deck on the top floor and a Florida information center just inside the west plaza entrance. Florida's legislature is in session from March through April. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Free”
“Locally sourced farm-to-table restaurant. Unique dishes & one of our favorites!”
“Museum of Florida History, in the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St., has exhibits depicting Florida's vibrant history. Visitors can view a variety of artifacts, including a mastodon skeleton and a giant armadillo mannequin from the Pleistocene era, gold and silver from Spanish shipwrecks, flags flown during the Civil War, a partial replica of a Florida steamboat, memorabilia reflecting Florida's role in World War II and various artifacts from the changing gallery. Touring exhibits and educational programs also are featured. Food is available. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum. Admission: Donations ”