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Tallahassee is the capital of Florida and a beautiful town known for its rolling hills, parks, and canopy roads. We are located in the panhandle of Florida and part of Leon County. The locals refer to our area as the "Big Bend," because of our location in the state's shape.
As the capital, we are the home to many government sites, including the Florida Supreme Court and the Governor's Mansion. In addition, we are known for our scientific research performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory near Florida State University.
The Florida State Seminoles have many stadiums and fields for their vast sports programs. Football season is always exciting, as Doak Campbell Stadium holds over 80,000 people. Tallahassee is also home to our Tallahassee Community College Eagles and our Florida A&M University Rattlers.
Tallahassee” is an Apalachee Indian word meaning “old town” or “abandoned fields," because the area was an abandoned Apalachee village when it was found in 1656.
It is believed that an agreement could not be reached as to whether or not Pensacola or Saint Augustine should be the capital of Florida, so they chose Tallahassee because it was in the middle.
We have long summers and short winters, but we did get to see some snow in 2017! Our summers are full of brief rains and thunderstorms from the sea breeze off of the Gulf of Mexico.
We are a city full of art and culture from the Railroad Square Art Park to museums and frequent festivals. You can check out www.tallahasseearts.org for art, dance, film, history, music, theatre, and literature information like workshops, classes, family events, and camps.
Talgov.com also has a "digitally" app that we are a big fan of for finding parks, bus routes, paying utilities, and much more.
Airport: (850) 891-7800
Animal Services: (850) 891-2950
Bus System: (8500) 891-5200
Capital Regional Medical Center: (850) 325-5000
City Hall: (850) 891-0000
Department of Motor Vehicles: (850) 617-2000
Fire Department: (850) 891-6600
Leon County School System: (850) 487-7100
Library: (850) 606-2665
Parks and Recreation: (850) 891-3866
Police Department: (850) 891-4200
Post Office: (850) 216-4363
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: (850) 431-1155
Tax Collector: (850) 606-4700
Utilities: (850) 891-4968
Volunteer Services: (850) 606-1970
Voter Registration: (850) 606-8683
Tallahassee offers a small airport serviced by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Silver Airways. They offer a few dining locations and shops. You can find long and short term parking for reasonable prices as well as rental car services.
Uber and Lyft are also great options offered in Tallahassee.
You can visit www.talgov.com for information on our public transportation system that makes almost 4.5 million trips annually. Our local transit system, StarMetro, operates routes across town and within the universities. They also offer Dial-A-Ride for senior and disabled customers as well as late night trolleys. You can check out their great mobile application that allows you to plan your trip, get live updates of bus arrivals, and much more.
Tallahassee has many different types of schools ranging from public, private, charter, magnet, religious, special education, and Montessori institutions.
You can visit www.leonschools.net for more information on the public school system in Tallahassee. There are also several school rating websites and blogs available for more information.
Things To Do Near Tallahassee
You can get to a beach within 45 minutes from Tallahassee. This would include Shell Point, Alligator Point, or Saint Marks (which also has a cool wildlife refuge). Saint George Island is always a favorite, which will add an hour to your trip, but the beach is beautiful! You could always stop by the cute town of Apalachicola on your way there to walk their downtown streets of great restaurants and shops.
Panama City is a larger beach town 2 hours away with lots of things to do with the family. Jacksonville is even larger, and only about 2 and a half hours away. And then the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin are about 3 hours away.
Wakulla Springs is the world's largest freshwater spring, and it's only 45 minutes away! Beyond swimming, you can enjoy boat tours, nature trails, and local animals.
Seacrest Wolf Preserve
Just an hour and a half away is Seacrest Wolf Preserve. With tours available, you can interact with the native wolves of the area and maybe even see some adorable wolf pups. There is also a Small Animal Adventure with animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes.
Florida Caverns State Park
Explore stunning caves or even play golf just an hour and a half away at Florida Caverns State Park. It is located next to the Chipola River and Blue Hole Spring, so you can even take a boat tour, fish, or hike after leaving the caverns.
Torreya State Park
Just an hour away, Torreya State Park is named after the Florida Nutmeg Tree, a rare species of tree that only grows along the Apalachicola River. The park offers tours, campsites, and cabins among their walking trails. You can even take a tour of the Gregory House, an old plantation home located in the park.
If you decided to head over to the Jacksonville beaches, then you are only 45 minutes from Saint Augustine - the nation's oldest city. It is full of history and fun things to do. Attractions include the historic downtown, museums, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Fountain of Youth, and breweries.
Thomasville, Georgia is a short, 45-minute drive away. It's downtown has some of the best restaurants and great antique shopping. With plantations and museums, it is a great day trip.
Things to Do In Tallahassee
Tallahassee is full of history with parks, museums, and more. It is also a city with a vibrant art culture. Besides guided tours, here are just a few things to do around town... There's a kid in all of us, so please check out the "Kids" section, even if you don't have little ones!
Enjoy walking the streets of downtown Tallahassee. With coffee shops, local retail stores, good restaurants, and green space, there are often local markets, festivals, and parades to celebrate things throughout the year.
The Capitol Building
The Capitol is full of history. At 25 stories high, it is the tallest building in Tallahassee. You can schedule a tour or just enjoy the panoramic views from the top floor's observatory. It is also possible to tour the Governor's Mansion!
The Challenger Learning Center & 3D IMAX Theatre
The Challenger Learning Center is a 32,000 square foot attraction with hands-on science displays, a Space Mission Simulator, and a Digital Dome Theatre. Check out their events calendar, because they always have something cool going on.
Museum of Florida History
Often hosting special exhibits, the Museum of Florida History allows you to learn about the past and present cultures of Florida and its heritage - offering educational programs and some breathtaking collections. They are even home to a mastodon skeleton and a naval ship!
Set on over 50 acres, the Tallahassee Museum is an indoor and outdoor experience for any age. See the most beautiful fauna, breathtaking wildlife, and adventurous nature trails. They also feature farm animals and a playground! Enjoy a bite to eat while the kids run around in awe of the dinosaur skeletons made out of car parts!
Tallahassee Automobile Museum
A 100,000 square foot museum of over 150 cars, the Tallahassee Automobile Museum features Batmobiles and over 20 national championship cars. You can also see a vast collection of knives, fishing lures, adding machines, Native American artifacts, sports memorabilia, pocket watches, telephones, pianos, and even a section for golfers.
Mission San Luis
Mission San Luis was built in 1633 and is full of history about Spain's efforts to colonize Florida. Offering family programs and a museum, the Mission also often hosts brunches and barbecues.
Railroad Square Art Park
Railroad Square has art galleries and local shops. This location hosts a “First Friday Gallery Hop” on the first Friday of every month where hundreds of locals come to shop, eat, and drink with pop-up vendors and sometimes even live music!
Cascades Park is a gorgeous place to walk around, grab a bite to eat, or even a cup of coffee. The park features an interactive water playground for the kids, lots of green space for your pets, and a state-of-the-art amphitheater. Be sure to check out their events calendar.
Lake Ella & Fred George Park
Another great place to take a walk with the kids or dogs, Lake Ella features cottages of vendors to grab lunch, coffee, get your hair cut, or even grab a sweet treat. The location hosts food trucks on Thursday, and local markets on Wednesday and Saturday.
Tom Brown Park
Of all the parks in Tallahassee you cannot go without mentioning Tom Brown Park. With playgrounds, dog parks, baseball fields, tennis courts, and wide-open spaces, the park hosts some of the city's biggest events - including the 4th of July fireworks.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Among some of the most beautiful flowers is Maclay Gardens with charming walkways, secret gardens, and a reflection pool. You can boat, swim, fish, canoe, kayak, cook out, or just walk their 6 miles of nature trails. The best time to enjoy the flowering grounds is March, but be sure to check out their events calendar throughout the year.
Florida State University
So... we may be a little biased here, as we are alumni, but Florida State Univeristy is such a pretty campus. During football season, home game days are a hoot! There are several "Getdown" parties all over town the night before a home game with lots of food, drinks, and live music.
Tallahassee is home to a couple of local brewers where you can kick your feet up and enjoy a great time having a beer or cocktail. Some of the local brewers are also kid and dog friendly, so pack up some toys and snacks and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. Be sure to check out the elevated pub fare at Proper BrewPub at Proof Brewery. They offer everything from small bites to delicious burgers.
Southwood Golf Club
Southwood is a masterplanned community with an outstanding golf course, but with so many other things to do. Full of green space, parks, and trails you can be an adventurist or just stroll through their community downtown. If you're in the area Canopy Road Cafe is delicious! They feature traditional breakfast and lunch fare, with some fun and innovative twists. You can also enjoy some of their other locations on Capital Circle, North Monroe Street, and Apalachee Parkway.
Tallahassee for Kids
So please don't skip to this section because you have some little ones. The "Things to Do Around Town" pages are full of things that are super kid friendly and also fun for you. However, we know the struggle of finding some things to do just for the kiddos, so here are a few ideas...
Governor's Square Mall features a toddler play area as well as some fun things for the older kids in the food court. If you are in the area, you simply MUST try the Pimento Cheese Fritters with a Bourbon Peach Glaze at Lucilla restaurant! Lucilla is upscale comfort food with a southern creole twist. Also, Centre of Tallahassee is an indoor/ outdoor mall near Midtown that is definitely worth visiting.
When you get tired of Chuck E Cheese, check out restaurants like Island Wing Company or specialty places like Lofty Pursuits for kid-friendly environments. www.fun4tallykids.com has a page on where kids can eat free each day of the week!
There are tons of frozen treat places around town! Whether they are in the mood for a snow cone, ice cream sandwich, milkshake, or if you'd prefer frozen yogurt. Look up a spot near you to get something sweet to eat.
Tallahassee has several arcades that are fun for all ages. You can find arcades that offer food, drinks, and even cocktails!
A 4-acre amusement park, Fun Station has so much to do - mini golf, arcade games, go carts, rides, trains, laser tag, and batting cages. You really can't not have fun here.
Beginner and pro-skaters alike are welcome to Skate World. The location features an arcade, snack bar, and play area. Host an event here or get skate lessons.
Tallahassee has several bowling alleys with special events like Cosmic Bowling. If bowling isn't your thing, you can always enjoy the arcade, food, or a drink at the bar.
Check out www.fun4tallykids.com for information on the local public pools with water park amenities like slides and water fountains.
The FSU Rez
The Florida State University Reservation is amazing! On over 70 acres, it is located on the breathtaking Lake Bradford. Enjoy canoeing, swimming, kayaking, picnicking, volleyball, disc golf, and much more.
Story Time at the Library
Check out your local library for a great opportunity to read, sing, play, and learn sign language. They have many learning opportunities to take advantage of as well as play rooms with some tabletop games for the little ones.
Specialty Toy Stores
Look up some specialty toy stores around town that offer a little bit for everyone. From collector's items to board games, you can find a lot of really cool things. Comic book stores are also hidden little gems you can explore.
Tallahassee for Pets
We've already covered several places that are perfect for your pets to have a fun time outside like Lake Ella, Tom Brown Park, the All Saints District, Mission San Luis, and Cascades Park, but here is some other helpful information you may need...
There are tons of restaurants and bars in Tallahassee to have a great time at. Of course, since Kelly Chavers plays guitar in a couple bands, we love our live music venues. Here are some great areas, besides Downtown Tallahassee, where you can kick back and relax.
Midtown Tallahassee offers so much within walking distance off of Monroe Street between 3rd Avenue and Lake Ella. This area doesn't sleep - some of the best brunch spots in town, lunch restaurants galore, and a nightlife to envy. Midtown also offers shopping, salons, coffee shops, and many other local businesses.
Liberty Bar is one of the best spots in Midtown for brunch, dinner, and specialty cocktails. Be sure to check The Hawthorn for artisan baked bread, authentic inspired tacos at El Cocinero, and the "library of cocktails" at Bar 1903. The Lunchbox is popular for their all-you-can-eat pancakes, but they are also a favorite for breakfast and lunch!
On the Northside of town, the everexpanding Market Square is known for its markets, shops, restaurants, salons, and more. Featuring more than 50 shops, everything is close enough together to be able to walk around but large enough that you could spend all day.
Just a bit further north is Bannerman Crossings - another great outdoor mall where you can play, shop, eat, work out, or pamper yourself at a spa. Check out one of our favorite local shops, Southern Pines, a modern general goods store for men, offering the finest apothecary, clothing, and accessories.
Located near Florida State University, College Town is for students, alumni, and locals. It is the home to restaurants, bars, and shops. The area has a gorgeous view of Doak Campbell Stadium, especially at night when the stadium lights up the sky. The area is especially vibrant on home FSU football game days where the streets are packed with people cheering on our home team. Also, don't forget about all the other amazing sports games throughout the year.
If you are over in College Town you should try the best pizza in Tallahassee at Gaines Street Pies or some made-to-order Mexican food with a Florida flair at Iron Daisy. Then, grab a cocktail at Warhorse Whiskey Bar, and catch a live music show at The Wilbury. Gaines Street Pies has several locations in town, including Midtown Pies.