A fusion of cosmopolitan flair and charming personality defines the spirit of Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City. Enjoy world class, nature-based experiences, rich history and heritage sites, art and film festivals and unique shopping and dining, in the pristine Panhandle of Florida. The Tallahassee area touts a menagerie of attractions, including one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs, a wildlife habitat, Capitol buildings, fascinating museums of history, sprawling plantations, highly acclaimed fishing and hunting adventures, nearby beaches and more. Not to mention, Tallahassee serves up an excellent selection of tantalizing restaurants from fast food to five-star.
Florida Historic Capitol Museum – The historic capitol, restored to its 1902 appearance, features recordings, photographs and displays telling the story of the Sunshine State’s rich history, including information about former governors and the restored chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court. Admission is free, donations are accepted.
Tallahassee Museum – This 52-acre living museum highlights North Florida’s history, wildlife and nature. In the wildlife area of the museum, an elevated boardwalk allows visitors to explore animals in their natural surroundings. Learn about Old Florida with a 1920s red wooden caboose train, an 1890s schoolhouse and Bellevue – the Tallahassee cotton plantation home of George Washington’s grand-niece. The museum also features an 1880’s farm with live blacksmith demonstrations and a garden. For thrillseekers, check out Tree to Tree Adventures – 19 zip lines and seven obstacles allowing guests to zip through tree tops and the swamps.
Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Maclay Gardens State Park and Dorothy B. Oven Park are Tallahassee treasures. Spring is the showiest time with truly a symphony of color with azaleas, camellias, roses, dogwoods, and daffodils blooms by the thousands.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park – Spend a day on the water at Lake Hall, surrounded by picnic pavilions, grills and a great playground there is plenty of lake shore spots available to enjoy the day. The state park also features over five miles of hiking and bike trails with each trail making a loop through the park providing some great scenery.
Fishing - The abundance of lakes, rivers and the nearby gulf coast provide fishermen plenty of options in the Tallahassee area. Charter a fishing boat, dive for scallops or spend a day pursuing bass against a scenic backdrop. Check local events for one of the many tournaments held in the area.
Dining - For those keen on farm-to-table fare, many Tallahassee restaurants rely on a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses from local farms as well as fresh-this-morning seafood from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Get a first-hand glimpse of what may be on a restaurant’s menu tonight by visiting a local farm or fishing village. With menus and creative touches as varied as Tallahassee’s landscape, dining in Florida’s Capital City includes authentic regional cuisine, down-home favorites, award-winning fine dining and even a place that serves hot dogs more than 10,230 ways.
Shopping - From local produce and one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items to antiques and contemporary fashion, shoppers find boutiques, brand names and bargains throughout the Tallahassee area. Ten Thousand Villages in Tallahassee is a fair trade retailer with items from across the globe. The Non-profit retail store features products from more than 130 artisan groups in 35 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Most noted for their focus on funky fashion, Urban Outfitters has something for everyone.