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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
+1 850-925-6121
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Lovely day trip for birdwatching or kayaking

Really nice visitor center with informative displays and other educational materials. A very nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Awesome place

Really enjoy the entire area. So many things to do and see. And the trails to just enjoy and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Detroit, Michigan
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  • Average3%
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1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really nice visitor center with informative displays and other educational materials. A very nice selection of gift items and books. Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. They have binoculars to loan which I wish we had taken advantage of in hindsight. What started as a...More

Thank marymY1497RX
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoy the entire area. So many things to do and see. And the trails to just enjoy and take Your time are seemingly endless.

Thank tlisowsky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Closest Gulf of Mexico access from Tallahassee with a picturesque lighthouse. Check out the pink roseate spoonbills in the fall. Ask the rangers for more information.

Thank Staci D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are birdwatchers and this park offers some of the best birdwatching we have ever found. We added five new birds to our lifetime list of 165 birds. Beautiful areas to hike.

Thank Openroad44
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We drove from Tallahassee to the Refuge in about 1/2 hour. The refuge has nice walking trails and the drive out to the lighthouse was scenic. The lighthouse could us some TLC and we had hoped it would be open so we could climb it...More

1  Thank Richard G
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Fabulous location to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend all day in the outdoors! Birdwatching; salt water marshes; gators; beaches; fishing; kayaking; open ocean; miles of trails into back country; no mountains to climb. Excellent descriptive signs throughout the...More

Thank USAFNAV1979
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Five dollars per car at the honesty box and save your envelope slip for the dashboard. The visitor centre a little further in tells you all you need and has a picturesque deck out the back, plus a small circular boardwalk. Further along the drive...More

Thank Englishlakedistrict
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I go all the time and I still say...you haven't seen it yet. It changes each time. Obviously the seasons are different, but also weather, time of day, tides, moon phases. Don't discount going if it's rainy. That's when some of the best birding is...More

1  Thank Selkie9
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

My honey and I come here all the time especially in the fall and winter. One of our favorite times to visit is when the Monarch butterflies come by the swarms on their stop to Mexico! You will love this peaceful place.

Thank Annie N
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This National Wildlife Refuge is worth the drive to see it. During the summer if you want to see gators, they are there. In the winter there are lots of different ducks. There are always lots of wading birds. In the fall it's a stopping...More

Thank Owen K
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Glenn H
10 September 2016|
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Response from M A | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so but a ride from the entrance down to the light house is scenic with a number of places to stop and there are a few viewing platforms on the side of the road.
29 August 2016|
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Response from lizaus2016 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed so long as they are on a leash. But as others have noted, the waters are filled with alligators -- many quite large. Last year, an alligator came out of the water and grabbed a poor small dog whose leash... More
Edward G
22 October 2015|
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Response from Mahshidl | Reviewed this property |
Of course you can there is a ramp at the park and you can bring your 35 ft. RV and enjoy your adventure. You can also go towards the lighthouse and highly recommend you to bring your boat if you have one!!!! Enjoy the... More