Things to do in Tallahassee

Things to do in Tallahassee
Tallahassee is located on the eastern side of Florida’s panhandle neighboring the popular Apalachicola National Forest.

If you are planning a vacation to Tallahassee with the family, the city has many family-orientated attractions such as an Indian archeological site and museums that feature hand on exhibits.

Tallahassee Florida also offers the chance of inexpensive family vacations such as camping trips on the aforementioned Apalachicola National Forest or the city’s nearby state parks.

Apart from the many outdoor opportunities and things to do in Tallahassee, if you are looking to explore nearby Georgia, you’re only an hour’s drive from fun things to do in Valdosta GA and things to do in Albany Georgia.

Things to do in Tallahassee: Outdoor Activities

One of the most popular things to do on a vacation to Tallahassee it’s to explore the natural scenery and enjoy recreational activities on the nearby Apalachicola National Forest, Lake Talquin State Forest, Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park.

Apalachicola National Forest

Apalachicola National Forest is one of the best places where you can experience the natural scenery and enjoy a wealth of recreational activities that include fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, camping, boating and swimming.

If you intend on camping at the Apalachicola National Forest, be aware that the hunting season runs between December and January.

Be aware also that the campgrounds at the National Forest have no hook-ups, and you’re only allowed 14 days maximum camping stay.

Apalachicola National Forest park entrance is roughly located an hour’s drive from Tallahassee’s city center.

Lake Talquin State Forest

Lake Talquin State Forest actually comprises of three wildlife areas, Bear Creek and Lake Talquin state parks, and is another excellent choice where you can enjoy outdoor activities, although if you are a fauna and flora enthusiast, Lake Talquin State Forest features a variety of tree species and wildlife ideal for spotting.

Lake Talquin State Forest offers similar recreational opportunities as Apalachicola National Forest., although hunting is restricted to the wildlife areas.

Also, while Lake Talquin State Forest offers campsite with hook-ups, you do need a camping permit, and there are other fees to pay such as camping fees (range between $10 and $20), and a $2 entry fee, so take this into consideration.

Bear Creek Educational Forest

Another incentive about Lake Talquin State Forest is that it features the Bear Creek Educational Forest located at Bear Creek State Park.

If you are traveling with the family and are looking for things to do in Tallahassee in the outdoors, the Bear Creek Educational Forest offers free workshops that include nature walks through the forest and talks on life in the woods.

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park is just 10 minutes car ride from Tallahassee downtown area and it is great park id you intend to hike and bike.

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park is home to miles of dedicated hiking and biking trails such as the popular Redbug Bike Trail, which is a challenging 3 miles rugged trail ideal for experienced bikers.

Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park

Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park is located adjacent Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and offers a myriad of recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking and biking.

Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park also features beautiful gardens where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and explore the variety of plant species on display.

Things to do in Tallahassee: Places of Interest

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

If you are interested in history and archeological discoveries, the Lake Jackson Park is a must-add attraction in your Tallahassee itinerary.

This state park is a Native American archaeological site home to many temple and burial mounds, and offer guided tours where you get to see some of the ancient artifacts found at the site.

Tallahassee Museum

If you love natural exhibits and are looking for a pleasant day out with the family, the Tallahassee Museum is another must add in your Tallahassee itinerary.

The museum has different sections and some of the outdoor exhibits include 19th century restored farm houses, a plantation home and a schoolhouse.

The other section of the museum features an interactive family area where you can enjoy fun exhibits.

Museum of Florida History

The Museum of Florida History is located near the Florida Supreme Court Society and it is another educational attraction where the whole family can have good time learning about Florida’s Native Indians through exhibits and interactive programs.

Florida State Capitol

If you are a history buff, the Florida State Capitol is another top attraction in Tallahassee and taking a tour of this historic landmark is one of the most popular things to do in Tallahassee.

The State Capitol features over 20 rooms and an observation deck where you can get panoramic views of downtown Tallahassee.

Located also at the State Capitol grounds it’s the original Florida State Capitol which has been restored into a museum, and features interesting historical displays on Florida's history.

Florida’s Governor's Mansion

Florida’s Governor's Mansion is located near the Grove Plantation and it is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

If you‘ve never visited the residence of US governor, the Florida’s Governor's Mansion offers free half-hour tours between March and May and the first week of December.

Things to do in Tallahassee: Shopping

Shopping in Tallahassee is an enjoyable activity and the city boasts a few shopping malls located near the downtown area.

For instance, you can find Governor's Square Mall along Apalachee Parkway, while Tallahassee Mall and Northwoods Shopping center are located along North Monroe Street.

If you are looking to do souvenir shopping, one place worth stopping by is Railroad Square. This square features small local shops selling local arts and crafts and collectible items.

Things to do in Tallahassee: Nightlife & Entertainment

Tallahassee is both a university and college town so if you’re looking for a lively and buzzing nightlife, Tallahassee won’t disappoint you.

Downtown Tallahassee features a myriad of pubs, clubs and bars such as Big Daddy's Import Drafthouse, Bullwinkle's Saloon and Floyd's Music Store which are located West Tennessee Street.

If you prefer a different type of night out, you can try AMC Theater located in Tallahassee Mall and Tallahassee Little Theater which features high quality productions.

Things to do in Tallahassee: Events & Festivals

Wine and Food Festival

If you love wine dinner events, Tallahassee hosts the Wine and Food Festival event in early November. The 2-day event features a four-course wine dinner and vintage wine tastings.

Greek Food Festival

The Greek Food Festival is held in October and if you love Greek food, you can sample plenty of Greek cuisine and soak in Greek culture with live entertainment and Greek dancing.

Springtime Tallahassee

Springtime Tallahassee is a popular family-orientated community event held in March that features parades, flamboyant floats and plenty of live entertainment.

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