Mission San Luis brings a piece of history to life

About the Mission

Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida’s mission settlements. Between 1656 and 1704, more than 1,400 Apalachee Indians and Spaniards lived at the mission located in what is now Florida’s capital city.

This mission served as the headquarters for the spanish military, and church and administrative officials for colonial Florida. Mission San Luis was also a principal village of the Apalachee Indians. It was home to many of their leaders.

Apalachee Indians requested the presence of the Spanish Friars as early as 1607, after they faced epidemics and threats of foreign invasions, which made them question their traditional customs and beliefs. From 1633 to 1635, at least 5,000 Apalachee were baptized at the mission.

The two cultures lived together until July 31, 1704, when the mission was burned and evacuated by the Apalachee natives and the Spanish colonists to escape an attack from the British military force.

Today, the mission has been reconstructed for guests to walk through and get a glimpse of what life was like during the 17th century. With costumed living interrupters to help tell visitors about what the mission was like, visitors can walk the grounds and explore the reconstructed Apalachee council house or the Spanish fort. Pets are allowed.

Apalachee Council House and Spanish Cross

Mission San Luis' Hours of Operation

Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Jan. 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24 and Christmas.


Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street. The entrance to the museum is a mile past Florida State University on the right.

Entrance Fees

Adults: $5

Seniors 65+: $3

Ages 6-17: $2

Free admission for children under 6, members and active military. School and group tours are available by reservation.

The Apalachee Council House is where visitors of the village would stay.

For more information call 850-245-6406 or visit the Mission San Luis website.