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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 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 Historical Place

I have been here a couple of times with my children, it is very educational and the historically accurate buildings are very interesting to see. The blacksmith was also a fun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 15, 2016
Tallahassee, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

I have been here a couple of times with my children, it is very educational and the historically accurate buildings are very interesting to see. The blacksmith was also a fun exhibit. They have festivals during the solstices, and the huge Indian hut is really neat. We brought packed lunches and were able to eat them at some picnic tables... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

Even though it was a rather rainy afternoon the day we were there this is an excellent place to visit and a great bargain to boot! Even though it was raining the staff, dressed in period clothing were very up-beat, helpful, entertaining and knowledgeable. The property is quite large and the exhibits are well done and thought out. We spent... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016

Mission San Luis is one of the crown jewels of Tallahassee, providing a very interesting and educational experience to those who want to learn about Florida and Tallahassee's early Spanish history. With living history volunteers working in and around an authentic reconstructed mission church, fort and Apalachee Indian great council house, as well as other exhibits, it offers families a... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

I stayed about 4 hours there, this was great ! I was just mad at this Franciscan Father, I won't tell more, just let you discover why :) The park is great, people and staff very nice, it really worth it !!! :) Very interesting !

Thank Anne_travels2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Everything here is reconstructed based on archaeological digs that occurred from the 1980s to present. Our girls aged three and eight had a good time going on a scavenger hunt looking for specific items around the village/mission and in the main visitor gallery. After completion, they were rewarded with a choice of either a temporary tattoo or a folk music/bluegrass... More 

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

The museum and mission have grown and are continually improved. The period actors bring the Apalachee history back to life. Visitor center movie is we'll produced.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

We had the mission on our list of stops to learn about Florida's history as we are from the Midwest. Pleasantly pleased with our visit. The staff dressed in period clothing were very informative, especially the fellow who played the Spanish friar. So knowledgeable and interesting! We could have listened to his stories longer but needed to move on to... More 

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Kampot, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

Great site with loads of history you won't find in most textbooks. This was a thriving mission that grew into a community where the Spanish settlers mixed with the Native Indians. In the center of the town was a great circular meeting area where people would meet to do business. On one side of the circle is the church, a... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

This is a hidden gem! My son has lived in Tallahassee since 2003 and we found out about this place from a friend last year. Wonderful religious experience especially if you are Catholic. Wonderful historical information about earlier settlers!

Thank Mary W
Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

We needed more time to see everything! We arrived toward the end of the day, thinking that an hour and a half would be sufficient. It wasn’t. The history, all the buildings to explore and willingness of the costumed docents who played the roles of friar, blacksmith, soldier, Spanish man and woman, and gardener as we walked through the reconstructed... More 

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