The Best Things to Do in Tallahassee

The Best Things to Do in Tallahassee

On April 16, 2019

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, making it a busy and important place to be. There is more than just business that goes on here though. People come here year-round to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you are coming here for a work trip or just a fun vacation, here is your ultimate guide of things to do in Tallahassee.

Must-See Things to Do in Tallahassee

Marks Lighthouse – This is the second oldest lighthouse in the state, built in 1831. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has withstood many natural disasters and wars throughout its life. It has a rich history for Florida, which adds a bit of interesting information to the history of the state. [More Information]

Knott House Museum –  One of the biggest claims to fame that Tallahassee has, this location is where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. It served as the Union headquarters temporarily during the civil war. This museum is definitely worth a stop. [More Information]

Florida Governor’s Mansion – Designed after Andrew Jackson’s home, “The Hermitage”, this is a fun stop to learn about the 12 state governors who have lived here. Some of the popular features include antique furnishings and the displayed gifts from dignitaries from around the world. Tours are free, but you must have an appointment. [More Information]

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Free/Cheap Things to Do in Tallahassee

Lake Ella and Fred Drake Park – This park is close to downtown Tallahassee and is a combination of 12-acre Lake Ella and 6.5-acre Fred Drake Park. Rollerblade, skateboard, or run around the paved trail while watching the ducks, geese, pigeons, and turtles. Bring a picnic or peruse the shops that are set up in the original 1925 cottages on the property.

Black Archives Research Center and Museum – The most extensive collection of information about African Americans is found in this center. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and display the information they have found to share with the public. Admission is free. [More Information]

Hernando de Soto State Archaeological Site – This location is the only confirmed de Soto expedition in the USA. Come learn about the first winter the explorer spent here at the Governor Martin House. Admission is free and is open during daylight hours.

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Things to Do in Tallahassee for Families/Kid-Friendly Things to Do

Challenger Learning Center – This fun and educational center is set up through Florida A&M University- Florida State University College Engineering. It is an outreach center for children grades K-12 to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) interest. The simulators, IMAX 3D theater, planetarium, and exhibits show kids how fun these subjects are when put into practice. [More Information]

Mission San Luis – Built in the late 1600s, this was the western capital of the Spanish mission system in the state. This site has been reconstruction and highlights artifacts uncovered at the original site. There are costumed living history interpreters, along with hands-on exhibits for children to make history come alive. [More Information]

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge – Aside from the lighthouse, this is a great place to watch birds and observe wildlife. Visitors can borrow binoculars from the ranger station, making it extra fun for kids and adults alike. If you happen to be here in October, stop to see the Monarch butterflies as they stop on their migration to Mexico. [More Information]

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Things to Do in Tallahassee for Adults

Bradfordville Blues Club – Looking for a great date night spot? Need a great location for a night out to enjoy great music? This club is one that fits the bill for many occasions, with its leading Blues musicians. The interior design and the outer setting add to the ambiance of the place. [More Information]

Tallahassee Antique Car Museum – Calling all car enthusiasts! This museum showcases more than 140 automobiles in the 100,000 square foot building. There are also other interesting antique items, such as a cash register, Case knives, and North American artifacts. [More Information]

Southwood Golf Club – Deemed as one of the best courses in Florida, this is a great place to unwind and play some golf. This public course is open to anyone visiting for the weekend and can be rented out for corporate events, weddings, or any other type of gathering. [More Information]

Proof Brewing Company – A unique and educational stop for adults, this company produces innovative beers. Aside from receiving numerous awards and worldwide recognition for their products, visitors are treated to great drinks, good food, and excellent customer service. [More Information]

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