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“One of the only historical things in Tallahassee”

Mission San Luis de Apalachee
Ranked #3 of 84 things to do in Tallahassee
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Owner description: 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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“One of the only historical things in Tallahassee”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

It's quite fun actually. Very cheap to gain access and walk around on a self guided tour. Old fashioned blacksmith was very cool.

Visited December 2012
Thank Justin H
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“authentic and historical”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Our family visited recently and the additions to the mission have been many since our last visit here many years ago. The introductory film in the new visitors center is a great start. My six-year-old grandson liked the Indian council house best. It is an amazing structure but i think he liked running his hands over the animal skins on display best. The staff encourages hands-on throughout the facilities. I really liked seeing the soldiers' barracks and the church, but the blacksmith demonstration was really outstanding. If you can make the visit when they have special events and see lots of demonstrations, I'm sure that would be best, but it's worth the trip any time.

Visited December 2012
Thank TallyWriter
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Old England
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“What a surprise!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We visited the site, not knowing what to expect. It was a lovely surprise to find a reconstruction Indian/Spanish settlement, complete with re-enactors. It was a shame that there appeared to be more of them than visitors. It is cheap to visit and a MUST.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Bob024
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“A true historical adventure.”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is a spot we try to encourage all visitors to Tallahassee, Florida to see. It brings history alive. The village is unbelievable. The staff is eager to inform and educate visitors.

Visited August 2012
Thank Jim W
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“A Must For Those Who Enjoy History”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Mission San Luis is loaded with History. These grounds are nearly 500 years old. The Mission, Fort, and outlying areas were burned a couple times over by British and French Forces who were invading the area.

The Mission itself contains many artifacts from its on site location, and others from Mexico and Columbia. Some donated by Florida's Former First Lady, Columba Bush.

The Massive "Counsel House" (located on site) is used for many of the Native American Rituals.

A Replica of the Church in and Fort still stand on the ground. The best time for viewing is all year. Once you sign the vistors log, the Mission will send you information of upcoming events.

The Grounds are Expansive, and will take most of the day to tour if not more. I myself have made the trip twice myself, and plan to again in not so distant future.

The $5 donation probably makes this Establishment one of Floridas least expensive trips. The Staff at the Mission really go all out. Truly Southern Hospitality at its Finest!

I Have posted pics of Mission San Luis on my FaceBook Account if you are interested.

Seasons Greetings, Steven Lonergan

Visited December 2012
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