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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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

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The real Florida....

This is the other Florida, no glitz or neon or plastic. A sea of wetlands nourished by the Gulf of Mexico, a modest beach, boat landing, nature trails and a lonely lighthouse... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
cjaycee
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tallahassee, florida
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tallahassee, florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the other Florida, no glitz or neon or plastic. A sea of wetlands nourished by the Gulf of Mexico, a modest beach, boat landing, nature trails and a lonely lighthouse. Great birding and ALLIGATORS. No, don't even think about feeding them and keep a watch on small children and pets. In warm weather expect gnats. Good nature photo... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wide variety of vistas, habitats, salt & fresh water birding sites. Great hiking and off road bike trails lead to scenes of breath-taking beauty. Great place to recharge yourself and get back in touch with nature.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love being able to get back to nature. The Lighthouse is an intertwine landmark that must be seen. If you like seeing alligators in their native habitat along with other animals go to St. Marks Lighthouse.

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1 Thank Z2064QWpaulb
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Refuge is a haven for native Florida wildlife and migrating flocks of birds. It is active year-round with the each season bringing new and diverse species to the area. Alligators often are seen sunning on the banks of the levies that crisscross the refuge. As you follow old tramways, walk along salt marshes, and enjoy lush palm hammocks look... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is beautiful to see the lighthouse, wildlife, birds. You can even fish in front of the lighthouse. If you like to bike ride this is a great place for that!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Alligators, birds, hogs, deer, turtles, and butterflies. Every season this area has a different look. Kayak launch from the lighthouse will get you to the fish after a short paddle in warm months.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

St marks is close to where I used to live, I could visit this place with the Lighthouse and the water and forget all my troubles. I eventually started buying a year pass, because that's how often we visited.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best way to enjoy this Florida gem is on a bike, the slower pace allows you to take in the vistas and stop easily for inspiration. The Nature Center is excellent but the real prize are the landscapes. Fall and Spring and winter will provide the best opportunities for grabbing a cooler, sunlit day and seeing the real Florida.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never been here before but had heard about how gorgeous and peaceful it is at St. Marks. I truly was not disappointed. For a small entrance fee, you have the opportunity to see a pristine natural environment and just enjoy looking, listening and being in nature. Whether you are there for kayaking, a picnic, to launch your boat,... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This wildlife refuge is so peaceful and majestic. You could spend days here and just take in all the natural beauty that is here. The park is well maintained and has plenty of places where you can picnic, relax, and just take in the sounds of nature. They have many hiking trails and detailed maps of everything around. The lighthouse... More 

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