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Mission San Luis de Apalachee

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Address: 2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304-3119
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+1 850-245-6406
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to...

Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, the Mission brings the 17th century to life through costumed interpreters, reconstructed buildings, museum exhibits and archaeological demonstrations. The Mission offers special events, camps and workshops throughout the year. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees: Adults, $5; Seniors, $3; Children, $2; Active duty military are free.

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Very interesting tour - fantastic guides/characters tell the stories

I'd not been to Tallahassee in decades and didn't know anything about the Mission. Friends took us there and I can't recommend it highly enough. There is a nice small museum in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'd not been to Tallahassee in decades and didn't know anything about the Mission. Friends took us there and I can't recommend it highly enough. There is a nice small museum in the main building, as well as a short video explaining the area and mission's history. Each of the difference buildings had experts, the main Indian lodge, the friar's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The park next to the mission is a lovely, quiet place to visit, sit and just relax (assuming you visit prior to or after mosquito seasons). From the parking lot there is a charming bridge that leads across the lake to the far side, with beautiful views of the lake as you cross. The park has some swings and play... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Funny that as a Tallahassee native, I had never really experienced the Mission San Luis... now that I have children, I have gone several times on field trips and as a family day. Although it is beautiful no matter when you visit, go on a day when the reenactment actors are there to share their crafts and stories of the... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan on at least an hour to 90 minutes. Though there are not many structures they are spread out allowing for a nice stroll along the paved walkways. But what really will take up your time is the conversation. The interpreters are extremely knowledgeable and patiently answer even the most inane question. So ask away and delve deeper into the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This historic village is so beautifully perched on a vast land and has several small areas to visit and explore . There is an old church, Friar's cottage, blacksmith shop, Apalachee council house and a Spanish cottage and each of these stations has a person dressed as in early 1700s time, and they give a brief account of the life... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this site during Christmas break. It was quiet, but still worth seeing. Don't miss the introductory film. We walked around the area and found the staff to be very knowledgeable. Great gift shop, too.

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St Augustine FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Touring in late December can be difficult as attractions are closed or poorly staffed. We visited the Mission and there were not many tourists. But there were plenty of interpreters who were willing to speak with us at length. Like having a private tour. The chickens eating dandelion weeds were charming. Fort construction was new to us. The "friar" could... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful!! I loved everything: the Museum, the movie presentation, the men and women portraying the early settlers at The Mission. My teenage son love it, as did my wife. Thanks to all for been so kind and helpful with our questions. I most definitely recommend visiting this beautiful and educational place.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We went to the Mission before a Florida State Football game and were very impressed. The dedicated reenactors are a wealth of knowledge. They will educate you all about the Mission and culture during this Mission's brief, but significant period in Florida's history. The reconstructed buildings resemble the original structures to the tee. Even if you're not a history enthusiast,... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Yes you can time travel....go to the Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida and go back in time .... learn about the Florida of 1700's where Indians and Spanish people lived together. The staff is in period dress and there are many hands on exhibits. A great experience for the whole family. Bring your walking shoes!

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