Maclay gardens is a beautiful place to spend a day with people you love. The gardens themselves are beautiful with well planned grounds that show color year round and highlight what one can do in their own backyard. Aside from the gardens, Maclay is also home to some great recreational opprotunities for the family. The gardens is located on Lake Hall, a small lake that is known for its large mouth bass. They have a designated swimming area (a small beach and a lot of shaded areas for picnics) and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats (i.e. canoes, kayaks). They permit fishing, but you have to adhere to state park regulations. They have a couple of trails for horseback riding, bike riding, and hiking. On weekends during peak season they have rental trail horses available for guided tours. With all of these activities in one beautiful park, and admission at only $4 per car or van load, it's easy to see why Maclay gardens is one of Tallahassee's treasures.
You can read about Maclay on their website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/default.cfm