Welcome to Tallahassee
Tallahassee is home to the state’s capital; two major universities; a community college; and an array of museums, attractions, and unique experiences. The city has a deep-rooted history, rich cultural features, and pairs a gorgeous landscape with myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation. Named a 2015 All-American City, Tallahassee is a place where college town meets cultural center, politics meet performing arts, and history meets nature.
Just a few things to do!
- Walk, bike, or even horseback ride down the St. Marks Trail, a historic 16-mile railroad trail that ends at the Gulf of Mexico. Once you reach the water, relax at the Riverside Café and enjoy some delectable fresh seafood.
- See the azaleas in bloom or explore a secret garden at Maclay Gardens State Park. Take advantage of the swimming lake and barbeque pits during the summer months.
- Get an aerial view of Tallahassee from the Capitol Building’s Observation Deck, located on the 22nd floor. On a clear day, you can glimpse the Gulf of Mexico. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum where exhibits and restored areas focus on the state’s political history.
- Track down your favorite local bites at “Food Truck Thursday” at Lake Ella. Must eats? Try the waffles, fried shrimp, and cupcakes.
- Canoe, kayak, or take a Jungle Boat Cruise down the scenic, crystal clear Wakulla River, which is fed by one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Look for seasonal birds, manatees, and alligators.
- Embrace the high point of Tallahassee’s calendar of cultural events when you partake in Opening Nights, a performing arts series that runs from fall to spring, spotlighting FSU’s commitment to the arts.
- Get down to the Downtown Getdown, with concerts, food, dancing, and entertainment, held each Friday in the fall.
- Browse the Museum of Florida History and the Tallahassee Museum, whose collections range from historical artifacts to a variety of wildlife exhibits. Interested in seeing something off the beaten path? The Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum showcases more than 150 automobiles dating from 1894 to 2010. The Collection even includes Batmobiles.
- Experience our local traditions and good old southern hospitality. The Tallahassee area hosts a plethora of local festivals, offering arts and crafts, local cuisine, music, and even parades. Check out Springtime Tallahassee, the Winter Festival, the Watermelon Festival in Monticello, the Thomasville, Georgia Rose Festival, or the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola.
- Bask in the Florida sunshine and cool off in the emerald green waters of St. George Island, just a short drive from Tallahassee. Known for its white-sand beaches, visitors are transported back to the simpler things of life—camping, biking, fishing, shelling, and numerous water sports—in the paradise we call “The Forgotten Coast.”