Mission San Luis is located in Tallahassee, Florida. It was the capital of the western missions from 1656 to 1704. At one point over 1,500 people lived at the mission. Indian chiefs and the Spanish deputy governor resided there making it the largest colonial outpost.
In 1960 the mission was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The mission carries out important historical and archaeological research. The mission has many special events throughout the year. It makes a great a day trip.
Thousands of visitors visit the mission each year to tour the property and explore the many exhibits. The site is over 65 acres and it feels like you are back in the 17th century when you visit thank to the staff and docents who dress in period clothing.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the thatched Franciscan church. The Apalachee council house is fascinating and the Convento, fort, and Spanish residence show you how people lived. Make sure to visit the artifacts gallery.
Visitors learn all about native culture and they also learn about Spanish colonization. The period landscapes and decor makes you feel like are living in the 17th century and everything is carefully crafted to ensure that you really feel like you have gone back in time.
Mission San Luis has a huge gift shop where you can buy jewelry, books, home decor, and toys for the kids. The profits from the retail store are used to fund the mission. There are also rental spaces that can be used for weddings, parties, and other special events.
The rental space has a 250 person banquet hall and courtyard, kitchen and lobby. You can rent a classroom or boardroom. You can even rent a theater that seats 125. Mission San Luis is located in Tallahassee and kids and active military members enjoy free entry.