Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

Located at 945 Mackay Blvd. on 112 acres of land.

  • Beautiful Mackay Estate residence, available for weddings and other special events.
  • Nature trails and paved bike path along Mackay Blvd
  • Playground
  • Dock and canoe launch area
  • Restrooms

front doors of mackay house front of mackay house drive way to mackay house

Weddings & Events – This is the ideal location for a spectacular wedding with rooms for the bridal party and groomsmen to prepare for a magnificent ceremony followed by an elegant reception. There are dual fireplaces in the grand ballroom which features a beautiful open staircase that allows for a breathtaking entrance for the bride.

History – The Mackay Estate was built by Alexander Mackay, a Scottish entrepreneur and investor who bought the property on Lake Rochelle in 1915 and began construction of the Mackay family estate which he called “La Rochelle.” The estate’s 8,000-square-foot residence is an outstanding example of Craftsman style architecture, with sleeping porches and large porch columns, open interior spaces and a staircase in the main room. A walled arbor with arched openings is located west of the residence and a sunken garden with a fountain is on the east. A beautiful Gazebo has been added with a breathtaking view of the lake. The home has undergone only minor alterations over the years, and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Our future plans call for part of the building to house the Lake Alfred Historical Society meeting room and museum.

Nature Tours – We also host Nature Appreciation tours, please join us for a free nature adventure at the Mackay Gardens Preserve as we initiate our new walking tours.  An expert Polk County Master Gardener and an experienced interpretive guide will escort beginners and passionate outdoor enthusiasts alike on a very pleasant one mile hike through the beautiful sub-tropical forest of this shady preserve.  The number of guests that can be accommodated on each tour is limited so be sure to contact the City of Lake Alfred Parks and Recreation Department today to make reservations.

Polk County Master Gardeners’ Gardening Series – Hosted by the Polk County Master Gardeners’ Speakers Bureau and the University of Florida/IFAS Polk County Master Gardeners’.  Community gardeners, both novice and experienced, are invited to join us for our second year of this FREE and exciting educational series.  We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at Mackay Gardens and Preserve. Gardeners will have the opportunity to attend one or all of the programs, where we will learn the latest Florida-friendly techniques endorsed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and hosted by our own Polk County Master Gardeners.


Mackay Trail Map

Photo Gallery


Mackay Rental Application

Rules and Regulations

Release of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement




Lake Alfred Parks and Recreation Department
(863) 291-5272