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This Living Mission In Florida Is Loaded With History

At the Mission San Luis de Apalachee, visitors step back in time to a 17th-century Spanish Franciscan mission in west Tallahassee where the native Apalachee and Spaniards lived side by side (though not always happily) for decades. In 1704, the original Spanish and Apalachee buildings were destroyed in a strategic move to keep them from being seized by a militia of South Carolinians and Creek Indians. Many of the buildings were reconstructed in the 1990s, with as much historical accuracy as possible.

The mission is now a living history museum, full of reenactors and exhibits that provide a glimpse into this significant time in Florida’s history. Guests can watch traditional foods being prepared, a blacksmith at work, a soldier at the fort, and a friar at the church. The impressive Apalachee Council House reconstructs what was the largest Indian building of the time, once holding up to 2,000 people. There is also a peaceful trails to walk and picnic areas to sit and have lunch.

Admission is very reasonable, at $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (65 and over), and $2 for children ages 6-17. The historic site has events year-round, the next one being the Free T.O.U.R. Day, on Saturday, July 16th, when admission will be free. Mission San Luis is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 850.245.6406.

Do you love history and want to foster that curiosity in your children or grandchildren? Then bring the whole family out to watch history come alive at Mission San Luis:

Searching for other wallet-friendly Florida attractions to enjoy this summer? Try our list of 16 Awesome Things You Can Do in Florida for $10 or Less.

Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.