Mission San Luis de Apalachee

#6 in Best Things To Do in Tallahassee
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Key Info

2100 West Tennessee Street

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.4

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, this reconstructed Spanish Franciscan mission gives travelers a sneak peek into what life was like during the 17th century. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the 60 acres, exploring the tribal council house, church and residential areas of the Spanish settlers and Apalachee Indians that once shared land there. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the more than 300 artifacts that were excavated from the site. Recent travelers said visiting Mission San Luis de Apalachee feels like taking a step back in time. They also recommended visiting on a weekend so that you can opt for a ranger-led tour of the facilities since mission staff are especially knowledgeable and friendly.

For those looking to have a casual day out, the mission welcomes pets on leashes and has several picnic tables on the property for visitors to enjoy snacks and lunch. Monthly workshops (for a fee) are also available for those interested in learning more about traditional crafts and skills.

Located in western Tallahassee, the Mission San Luis de Apalachee is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. However, the site is closed on Mondays and select holidays. Admission will cost you between $2 and $5, depending on age; active duty military personnel can enter for free with their military ID. For more information on the site and tours, visit the mission's website.

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Located about 6 miles southwest of downtown Tallahassee near Lake Bradford and Cascade Lake, the Tallahassee Museum is the perfect attraction for those looking to have some fun outdoors. Moved to its current location in the 1960s, the museum has evolved to include 52 acres of nature trails, living exhibits of flora and fauna, historical buildings, and a zip line and aerial adventure course.

Prior travelers said the outdoor adventure activities and rare wildlife living throughout the property more than justify the museum's admission price. However, even though the on-site parking lot does offer handicapped spots, the absence of paved pathways and accessible ramps makes the property difficult for visitors with mobility limitations to traverse.

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