Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, Florida
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Before leaving Tallahassee, We visited Maclay Gardens. More than a hundred years ago this land was a working plantation. Alfred Maclay bought this site in 1923 for a winter home and began planting his gardens. 28-acres of huge oaks and pines with Camellias, Azaleas, and Magnolias. After his death in 1953 his wife gave the gardens to the State of Florida. The Maclay House Museum was decorated for the holidays.
The park has 1000 acres offering swimming boating, fishing, picnics, hiking, jogging, bicycling, boating, fishing and horseback riding.
After a great morning at the Maclay Gardens we hit I-10 west towards Pensacola. Our first destination in Pensacola was the beach. Beautiful white sand and gorgeous homes along the dunes. It's winter and it is off season, not a lot of people on the beach. Plenty of spots with picnic tables and grills. I would love to come here in the summertime when it's warm and hit the water. The gulf was rough and had yellow flags up for the current. Saw a few surfer's out hitting the waves. It was odd that the sea fog was rolling in.
Tomorrow heading west on I-10 to Mobile, Alabama to see Battleship Memorial Park, home to the battleship USS ALABAMA and submarine USS DRUM.