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Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

945 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred, FL 33850
+1 863-291-5272
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Hidden Gem!

Out for a bike ride with my boys, and we turned down the neighborhood and saw the entrance - have... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Joseph B
Winter Haven, United States

Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Feeling a... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2016
Lake Alfred, Florida
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The Estate was built by Alexander Mackay, a Scottish entrepreneur & investor who bought the property on Lake Rochelle in 1915 and began construction of the Mackay family estate which he called La Rochelle. The estate’s 8,000 sq ft residence is an outstanding example of Craftsman style architecture,with sleeping porches and large porch columns,open interior spaces and a staircase in main room.
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945 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred, FL 33850
+1 863-291-5272
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Out for a bike ride with my boys, and we turned down the neighborhood and saw the entrance - have lived in Winter Haven over 30 years and had no idea it was there! excellent hiking/biking trails.

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Feeling a little more adventurous? There is a canoe launch which offers beautiful view of the gardens from Lake Rochelle.

Thank H_Winchester1219
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I attended a wedding on the grounds and it was such a pretty place.The rhododendron was in bloom. The building itself was perfect for a small reception. I think there were approximately 60 guests. It has a real rustic charm.

Thank scubakat1957
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

I have a home nearby but only found this place when my GPS showed it under Nearby Attractions. It's great! Lovely gardens and lakeside to wander around. Give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

Thank ToodleooCaribou
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a historic estate on Lake Rochelle that is now open to the public. It has a picnic shelter, restrooms and playground with nice equipment, a Florida-Friendly demonstration garden as well as other garden areas with unusual trees and shrubs. There are trails to...More

Thank MarianRyan
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We took a picnic lunch and sat under the pavilion - very quiet - nice playground area for children to play on - there was bathrooms available as well. Worth a visit !

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 11 October 2015

This looks like a really nice spot for an outdoor wedding. The house overlooks a sweeping lawn extending down to the lake. We expected a trail along the lake but couldn't see one, so we just took a quick walk around.

Thank Ingrid P
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and take a nice break. Take a visit out to the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve. It is a quiet place with several walking trails taking you through a wooded area where you can...More

1  Thank GaryandDenise2013
Reviewed 6 September 2015

In the quaint town of Lake Alfred in Polk County, Florida you will find the beautiful and pristine Mackay Gardens & Lakeside Preserve, just off of Highway 17/92. The city had the opportunity to purchase the property from a developer and did so, thereby preserving...More

1  Thank DAVID D
Reviewed 10 April 2015

The grounds and trails of this park are fabulous -- beautiful setting on the lake, play equipment and a picnic shelter available, good parking. The old house on property is available for rental for parties, weddings, etc. Beautiful old house, but in need of some...More

1  Thank ziggygirl
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Kim T
8 March 2017|
Response from Anaeli Q | Property representative |
There is no cost to walk on the grounds. It is free. :)