From 1656 to 1704, San Luis de Talimali was the capital of the Spanish
missions among the Apalachee Indians. One of the largest of the missions
in La Florida, the town had 1,400 inhabitants in 1675. At one time, the
village included a Spanish fort, a church complex, an Apalachee council
house, residential areas, and a large central plaza. Threatened by hostile
forces in 1704, residents burned San Luis and fled to St Augustine and
Pensacola. Fifty acres of the original townsite were purchased by the State
of Florida in 1983; historical and archaeological research and public education
programs followed soon after.
San Luis Archeological and Historic Site
2020 W Mission Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32304
9 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday, 12
PM to 4:30 PM Sunday, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
Summer - Dress cool, temperature in the 90s, insect repellant recommended,
drinking water if hiking, suntan lotion if planning on extended outside
Winter- normally mild in the 40 to 76 degree range, wear layers of light
clothing. Occasional drops into the 20's and 30's.
San Luis is located just off of U.S. 90 ,at the intersection of Mission
Rd. and Ocala Rd., approximately 2 miles west of downtown Tallahassee.
From U.S. 90 follow signs to the park.
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FEES, COSTS, RATES
Free guided tours, which last one hour, are given daily: weekdays, 12:00
noon; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Tours for
large groups can be arranged by reservation..
FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Trails, Roadways Programs, Activities
A path around the site connects outdoor exhibits and markers located
where mission-era structures once stood. Historic interpreters in period
dress occasionally demonstrate Spanish life in a reconstructed village
area. Full-scale reconstructions in progress of an Apalachee chief's house
and a Spanish dwelling will provide additional backdrops for the living
ADJACENT VISITOR ACTIVITIES
Lake Jackson Mounds; Tallahassee.
For information about archeological activities, call (904) 487-3711.