Get the party started this Game Day (Saturday, November 26th) in Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital and home to two of the nation’s most renowned and “storied” football universities: Florida State University and Florida A&M. FSU’s Seminoles are the defending national champions, while FAMU’s Rattlers have garnered 13 championships since 1938 (and counting)—plus, its Marching 100 has been deemed one of the best bands on the planet!
Football lovers will no doubt have a ball in and around the Downtown area by staying near the 83,000-seat Doak Campbell Stadium, or the Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center further north, which has got a nice display of holy sports relics for crazy fans of all sorts to gawk over. Keep calm come half time and carry on to victory by checking out some of these fantastic Tallahassee rentals. Here are some stellar area stays for your next Florida State game.
Best Places To Stay In Tallahassee For The Florida vs. Florida State Game
1. Near the stadium
It’s a charming craftsman bungalow just a couple miles from Doak Campbell Stadium that’s perfect for all kinds of FSU weekends featuring all wooden floors, a giant flat screen television, a large dining area for pregame festivities, as well as both a screened in front porch and a fenced in backyard.
Planted just off of historic Park Avenue, the renovated 1940s home is stellar for any and all football fans, as the Campus, CollegeTown, and Midtown districts are all within just three miles—there are even grocery stores, downtown farmer's markets, and public transportation stops just a quick walk away. Sleep soundly within the three bedrooms with extra room space available on futons if you’ve got friends needing a place to crash. There’s also a tiny exercise area available for those wanting to squeeze in a little workout of their own. Make sure to bring along your pets (there’s a kennel available for use!), to take some nice evening strolls with your honey in the quiet surrounding neighborhood, and to grab a delicious breakfast at Food Glorious Food!
2. Luxury lifestyle
Find luxury living at its very best that’s centrally located near all of Tallahassee's greatest main attractions-- as well as both FSU and FAMU. This almost 1,400 square foot beauty is ideal for graduations, legislative sessions, weekend getaways, and, of course, game-day celebrations.
Gather round to watch Florida beeline towards another championship victory by staying within a fully furnished three bedroom and two bathroom wonder that features everything from a security system and handy dandy keyless entry, to full service cable, internet, washer, dryer, and a nice fenced in backyard. There’s even an extra sofa bed for buds who happen to stay over after the victory party. Score!
3. Residential neighborhood
Find everything you’ll need for a weekend away from home in Tallahassee in this 2100 sq. ft. home that’s so full of amenities that all you’ll be doing come game day will most likely be relaxing and having pure fun. Located just five miles northeast of Doak Campbell Stadium in a well-respected and super safe neighborhood, this Florida State fave has an open floor plan that was renovated in 2012, offering shiny ceramic tile floors, over twenty windows, a pool, and so much more. There’s a comfy king size bed in the master suite with complete with a whirlpool tub and shower, as well as second and third bedrooms both offering single beds along with an adjacent full bath—not to mention a full height airbed for guests who opt to stay over.
What’s more is that come Game Day, you and the buds will no doubt be cheering your hearts out on the large leather sectional in the living room and the fifty-inch flat screen television just above a cozy fireplace. Make sure to make use of the kitchen on site, which has all you’ll need to whip up something fantastic for the tailgate party you’ll likely be hosting. Get ready to kick back and take in some major football this season. Did we mention there’s also a screened back porch and a full-sized pool?
4. Quiet retreat near downtown
Those needing tons and tons of room to pack in the frenzy of football fans that’ll be storming your game day party should opt for this secluded yet roomy Tallahassee retreat located just minutes away from the downtown area and all area attractions. It’ll allow you to enjoy 2,600 square feet of amenities, all within an exceptional ranch-style space that provides a unique home-like setting perfect for all sports loving families hoping to forgo a typical crammed hotel room experience.
Enjoy quietness, cleanliness, the warmth of a wood burning fireplace, and the luxury of a large flower and fruit-tree filled yard that’s great for outdoor activities. Be sure to make it the ultimate FSU game weekend by spending time watching those squirrels, cardinals, and other critters frolic around from the roomy back porch.
5. Revitalized urban vibe
Looking for something a bit smaller? Try this charming mid-1950’s and recently renovated condo complex near Gaines Street and Doak Campbell Stadium where you’ll find an eclectic mix of neighbors from business owners and artists to state employees and graduate students. It’s a bright, warm, and inviting upstairs unit featuring yellow pine floors, two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a custom bathroom featuring a tile mosaic sink, a wooden vanity, and a walk-in shower, as well as a small but modern eat-in kitchen complete with gas range and an oversized sink.
Snuggle up close with your buds to watch the big game on the small flat-screen television within a comfortably appointed living room. Or, get in on the action by taking a less than three quarter mile walk towards to buzzy stadium area for game day frenzy, as well as awesome restaurants, breweries, and art galleries to enjoy! Plus, you can skip the headache of parking and traffic by making use of the special pathway connecting the entire complex to a paved walking trail at Lake Elberta Park, which leads to some sidewalks on Lake Bradford that’ll take you directly to the stadium.
This article was written by Pamela Chan.