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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
Phone Number: +1 850-925-6121
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The trail-runner's dream.

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Came for the Lighthouse

We were on a mission to visit as many of the lighthouses in the Florida Panhandle as we could. The lighthouse is in good repair, although it isn't open for tours. The Refuge was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Orange, Texas
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Orange, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were on a mission to visit as many of the lighthouses in the Florida Panhandle as we could. The lighthouse is in good repair, although it isn't open for tours. The Refuge was very beautiful, with many areas to park and get out to walk. There are also modern facilities available if/when needed.

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Only managed a half day here towards the end of a 5-day road trip as we were booked to drive down to Tarpon Springs for the night. Had we known what it offered walker-birders like us we would have allowed a minimum of a day. It's the sort of wildlife place that obviously repays an infinite number of visits. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is peaceful there. You see all different kinds of animals there. The lighthouse is nice as well. Walking along the waterfront is fun. You see so much there, animals, birds and on occasions, dolphins

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Thank Teresa R
Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the sun sparkles on the water. marsh grasses are graceful in the breeze. gators sun themselves and great white herons soar overhead. Really? Yup.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

St Marks is known for many more things than a bedroom community for Tallahassee, it's springs, it's refuge, it's famous fried chicken from the dining room, but most of all for warm weekend drives into the country.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take Lighthouse Road out to the lighthouse on the Gulf bay. This is a long road with old Florida scenery. Drive slowly, there is a LOT to see on both sides. You can stop anywhere along the road and watch as long as you want. Cars just go around you, there really isn't that much traffic there. Quite a few... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here near the tail end of butterfly season and enjoyed the many monarchs and fritillaries dancing on the flowers. The trails were nice and they wound through local ponds and were bordered by the Gulf of Mexico. The lighthouse looked awesome, but was closed for renovations during our visit. One of the other guests noted that it was... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If your lucky enough to be in the area in October find out exactly when the Butterfly fest is going on and don't miss it. Go early this is a very popular event. Drive all the way towards the lighthouse, there is a parking lot nearby and they will have shuttles to take you to the light house. Make sure... More 

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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably bird-watchers are the prime visitors, esp. for the Spring and Fall migrations. To really get in the vibe you would stay at the Wakulla Springs Lodge. People go there to ride bikes, (my favorite) hike, fish, hunt, and kayak. There is a educational center there with limited exhibits, guided hikes, and a boat ramp for access to Apalachee Bay.... More 

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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ride down to the coast was beautiful, we were on motorcycles, we passed folks enjoying ride their bikes down, some walking, and some cars. You will want to bring your camera. We staying about 3 hours but it would be a great place to have a picnic.

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