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Mission San Luis de Apalachee

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Address: 2100 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone Number: 850-245-6406
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Great for events

This was probably my fifth trip and it is always mixed. It is worth coming but especially when they have events. Mostly it is a living history museum for early Spanish Florida but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was probably my fifth trip and it is always mixed. It is worth coming but especially when they have events. Mostly it is a living history museum for early Spanish Florida but it largely overlooks the Apalachee and the damage done by the Spanish. The council house (reproduction) is worth the trip, though, all by itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for an afternoon with our grade school age kids. Nice replicas of buildings/structures from original inhabitants of the area. They really enjoyed the live blacksmith demonstration and thought it was neat to take home their own, made just for them, nail. Also thought the fort was very cool. Favorite structures we saw were the large round house and... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mission San Luis an archaelogical site located in northwest Tallahassee. The site is location of an pre-Spanish exploration native American village and a subsequent Spanish mission and fort. The site now contains a reconstructed council house covered with palm thatch, church, a Spanish house and Spanish fort. In addition, volunteers perform blacksmithing, gardening and soldiering chores on specific dates. The... More 

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Bourne End, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We weer amazed at the reconstruction that had taken place; the size of both main buildings was enormous. Good info boards and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited during an open house event and loved touring the grounds. We watched a blacksmith making horsehoes, and another staff member demonstrated how canoes were made and hollowed out. Beautiful grounds! Great history lesson, looking at the indian teepees and traditions. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff.

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is a must see--especially for gaining an insight into early settler's lives amongst the indigenous population. Well organized and easy to tour both at your own pace. Plenty of staff to answer your questions and provide invaluable insight. Even though we covered the entire site, we're eager to return.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Large open air museum. Spanish fort, church, houses and priest guarters. Appalachee Indian meeting lodge. Museum. Go in cool weather and wear a hat. Week ends volunteers are in period costumes and stay in character

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Tallahassee, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Mission San Luis is an amazing place to visit in so many ways. The visitor's center is attractive and spacious - with a theatre, museum, gift shop and classrooms. There are also recreations of San Luis' past - back to the 1800's. You get a real sense of life in those times. There are Costumed interpreters who share their 'experiences'... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I spent an enjoyable morning at Mission San Luis recently and found it thoroughly enjoyable! Not all living history venues are faithful historical representations or even interesting. This one is both -- faithful history with engaged and interesting guides. I highly recommend this park.

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A must do. At one time 100 missions in Fla. Knowledgeable guides; well maintained property. An outstanding glimpse of Old Fla History. Even an active garden with various period crops growing/harvesting.

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