Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today the Mission is reconstructed on its original site so that visitors may experience vivid, personal encounters at this important colonial town. San Luis brings the 17th century to life through costumed interpreters, traditional buildings, exhibits, and archaeological demonstrations. Special events and children's day camps are held throughout the year. Guided site tours, education programs, and birthday parties are available upon reservation.
From 1656 to 1704, Mission San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital.
At Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum walk the plaza where the Apalachee played their traditional ball games centuries ago. Visit the most important structure in the Apalachee village, the council house, and also stop at the home of the Spanish Deputy Governor. Pay respects at the Franciscan church and at the friary where the clergy lived. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer at the forge and encounter a soldier on guard at the Castillo de San Luis, the Mission's fort. Then explore the gallery where 300-year-old artifacts excavated from on site are on display.