Tallahassee is Florida’s state capital and a paradise for anyone seeking adventure. A jumping-off point to gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches and the expansive Apalachicola National Forest, opportunities like kayaking, zip lining, hiking and biking are . With great shopping, restaurants, museums and historic buildings, Tallahassee is a great place to go for both outdoor and city enthusiasts.
Florida’s state history is quite different from the rest of the eastern United States. You can learn all about it at the Museum of Florida History, which takes you through Florida’s Native American and Spanish past all the way to the present. The beautiful Florida State Capitol building is a great place to visit for a photo opportunity or a self-guided tour of the interior. The John Riley House and Museum is a historic home in downtown Tallahassee that is a great place to visit to learn more about African American history in Florida. Just north of downtown, Lake Ella is a lovely place to spend an afternoon in the park, while the larger Lake Jackson outside of the city to the north is an easy destination for fishing and watching the sunset. Foodies shouldn’t miss lunch at Kool Beanz Cafe, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille, and the delicious burgers at Wells Brothers Bar and Grill.
To cool off from the Florida heat, head to Wakulla Springs State Park, which has one of the country’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. You can enjoy a swim in the clear water or take a fun and informative cruise down the Wakulla River. Or rent a kayak and spend a day on the river where you can be very close to wildlife like manatees, fish, and even alligators.
Head to Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures for a fun day of zip lining over swamps and forests while making your way through a fun obstacle course in the trees. Or rent a bike in the city and explore over 600 miles of trails while stopping for a picnic lunch. Don’t miss the Apalachicola National Forest, the largest National Forest in Florida with abundant trails, streams and lakes to explore.
Beach lovers will enjoy the easy access to Gulf Coast beaches from Tallahassee. Be sure to visit Destin, a two and a half hour drive to the west, if you have time - and try the delicious local seafood. The exquisite white sand and vibrant beach community will have you wanting to stay for longer. A slightly closer option is Panama City Beach or Mexico Beach, which are just over two hours away.
Monroe Street is the best area to stay in to be close to the action, as well as close to the Florida State University campus and restaurants within easy walking distance. The intersection of North Monroe Street and Tennessee Street is a particularly active area of downtown. For a more residential feel, look near Capital Circle and Park Avenue in the east part of town, where Tom Brown Park is located. It is voted as one of America’s best parks and is a great place to go with the family.
Tallahassee’s main form of transportation is StarMetro, which operates a bus system throughout the city. Buses mainly run along routes that are used by Florida State students, but are a good way to see the downtown area. Additionally, there are buses that circle the Florida State University campus which is an easy, ten-minute way to see the entire campus. Renting a car is easy to do at the airport or downtown if you plan to take a lot of trips out of the city to see the surrounding national forests and beaches.
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