county seat of Leon County, Florida, USA and Florida federated state capital city

Tallahassee is the capital city of Florida, in the Florida Panhandle region of the state. In addition to housing the state government, it is a university town home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. Tallahassee has a good selection of restaurants for a city of its size. The universities' theater, art, and music programs, in addition to an active Council of Culture and Arts, also make for an unusually vibrant arts scene.

Tallahassee City Hall
Leon County Courthouse in Tallahasee

UnderstandEdit

HistoryEdit

ClimateEdit

Visitor informationEdit

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

By carEdit

  • Tallahassee is on Interstate Highway 10.

By busEdit

  • 2 Greyhound Lines, (bus station)112 E Tennessee St (W Tennessee & N Adams St), +1 850 222-4249, toll-free: 1 800 231-2222. Connects Tallahassee to Atlanta (via Moultrie GA, Albany GA, Unadilla GA, Macon GA); Nashville (via Dothan, Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville); Jacksonsville (via Lake City); Orlando (Via Lake City, Gainesville, Ocala); and Houston (via Panama City, Ft Walton Beach, Pensacola, Mobile, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Beaumont-Vidor). Passengers transfer in Orlando to reach Miami (via W Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale); Naples (via Tampa/St Petersburg, Ft Meyers); and to other cities. Some buses continue to Miami (via Orlando, W Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale) from Tallahassee but without transfer in Orlando. Nearest connection points to Amtrak trains are in Orlando, New Orleans, Jacksonville and Atlanta. Check schedules. The Greyhound bus station is located across the street (W Tennessee St) from C.K. Steele Bus Plaza for connections to local city buses (See below under 'Get around').
  • Redcoach, (bus stop) 1021 St Augustine St (St Augustine & Walker St at Parking Garage #6 on FSU campus), +1 407-851-2843, toll-free: +1-877-733-0724. Service from Tallahassee to Miami via Ocala, Gainesville and Ft Lauderdale. One branch go from Ocala through Orlando, Ft Pierce, W Palm Beach, Pompano Beach and Ft Lauderdale. Another go through Tampa, Ft Myers, Naples & Ft Lauderdale. They also have another stop at 329 Marriott Dr in downtown.

Get aroundEdit

By footEdit

Tallahassee is not as pedestrian-friendly as some cities. Some areas of the city are more conducive for walking than others. Downtown, Midtown and Lake Ella are probably the most picturesque and convenient for walking.

By busEdit

Tallahassee's public bus system is known as STAR Metro. The full schedule typically runs from about 6AM to 7 or 8PM during the week and about 7AM to 7PM on Saturdays. Routes and hours are limited after 7PM and on Sundays. To get anywhere other than Downtown or one of the university campuses typically requires at least one transfer. Their "central bus station" or hub is at the downtown 1 C.K. Steele Bus Plaza, across the street (W Tennessee) from the Greyhound bus station.

By taxiEdit

There are several taxi companies serving Tallahassee. Outside of the airport there are not many taxi stands around the city, so it is better to call and arrange for a pick-up.

SeeEdit

 
Old State Capital building in foreground, with the high-rise new Capital behind it
 
Museum of Florida History
 
A mound in Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
  • 1 Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S Monroe St (Monroe Street at Apalachee Parkway), +1 850 487-1902. The state government has moved to the new skyscraper capital building nearby, and the old building has been made into a museum, restored to how it looked in 1902.
  • 2 Florida State Capitol, 400 S Monroe St (Monroe Street at Apalachee Parkway), +1 850 488-6167. The State Capitol is open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Closed weekends and state holidays. Visit the 22nd floor for a panoramic view of Tallahassee. Stop on the 5th floor to see Florida's Legislative chambers.    
  • 3 National High Magnet Field Laboratory, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr, +1 850 644-0311. The NHMFL at Florida State University houses the most powerful magnets on Earth. Tours available.    
  • 4 Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, 3945 Museum Dr.
  • 5 Tallahassee Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Dr (a short drive on Interstate-10 East of the main part of the city). Large collection of classic and antique cars and other curiosities.    
  • 6 Goodwood Museum & Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Rd. The plantation home is now a historic house museum known as Goodwood Museum & Gardens that features original family furniture, porcelain, textiles, glassware, art and personal effects. The rooms have been decorated to appear in the years surrounding World War I. The house is visited by guided tour. The grounds cover 16 acres (65,000 m2), and the gardens also feature an early 20th-century design. Admission to the gardens is free.
  • 7 Museum of Florida History, 500 S Bronough St, +1 850 245-6400. "The Museum of Florida History collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of this heritage." free.    
  • 8 Knott House Museum, 301 East Park Ave, +1 850 922-2459. Historic home constructed in 1843. free.
  • 9 Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, 3600 Indian Mounds Rd, +1 850 922-6007.    
  • 10 Lake Talquin State Park, 14850 Jack Vause Landing Rd, +1 850 922-6007.  
  • 11 Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, 4500 Sunray Road, South, +1 850 922-6007.    
  • 12 Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, 7502 Natural Bridge Rd, +1 850 922-6007.    
  • 13 St. Marks River Preserve State Park, 11950 Tram Rd, +1 850 922-6007.    
  • 14 First Presbyterian Church, 102 North Adams St. Completed in 1838, this is the oldest church in Tallahassee as well as the oldest building in Florida that's still being used for its original purpose.    
  • 15 Mission San Luis de Apalachee. Site where a Spanish Franciscan mission was built in 1656. The mission was destroyed in 1704 but some buildings have been reconstructed in recent decades.    
  • 1 Tallahassee Museum, 3945 Museum Rd, +1 850 575-8684. 9AM-5PM. A 52-acre site by the lake featuring native Florida flora and fauna (including Florida panthers and red wolves), cypress swamp, hiking trails, zip-lines, adventure courses, a live 19th-century farmstead reconstruction, and an outdoor exhibition of Jim Gary's 20th Century Dinosaurs. $12.50 adults, $9.50 children, senior and student discounts available.  

DoEdit

  • Tallahassee Skate Park (Between James Messer Fields and TalTran Administrative Offices Jackson Bluff Road at Appleyard Drive). Sunrise to Midnight. A 26,000 square foot facility.
  • 2 Lake Ella (in north central Tallahassee on US 27 just south of Tharpe Street). Lake Ella has an area of 12 acres (49,000 m²). Lake Ella is attached to 6.5 acre (26,000 m²) Fred Drake Park. The park has picnic shelters, a site for community activities and a paved walking trail that completely encircles the lake. The lake is bordered on the west side by quaint little shops and cafes. One vendor is the Black Dog Cafe where joggers can get a cup of coffee for their morning run around the trail. Visitors can walk, skate, or skateboard around the lake.
  • 3 Maclay Gardens (Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park), 3450 Thomasville Rd (In north Tallahassee near I-10 and Capital Circle), +1 850 487-4556. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park has at its heart the winter home and gardens of Maclay and his wife Louise. The house is open to the public as an interpretive museum. The surrounding gardens are known especially for their camellias and magnolias. Other than the gardens, the park offers biking, hiking and equestrian trails as well as kayaking, canoeing and fishing among other activities. The park is open all year round during most daylight hours. The gardens are open all year round 9AM-5PM.    

BuyEdit

  • 1 Governor's Square, 1500 Apalachee Parkway.
  • 2 Centre of Tallahassee, 2415 N Monroe St, +1 850-385-7145. Formerly known as the Tallahassee Mall.    
  • 3 Railroad Square (Railroad Square Art Park), 567 Industrial Dr (Between the FSU and FAMU campuses on Railroad Ave.), +1 850 224-1308. The Railroad Square Art Park is a collection of studios, galleries and other unique shops. On the first Friday of each month Railroad Square hosts a gallery hop called First Friday. Businesses stay open late and offer live music and even food.    

EatEdit

DrinkEdit

  • Bullwinkle's, 620 W. Tennessee St.
  • Leon Pub, 215 E 6th Ave, +1 425-4639. A smoking-friendly pub with dozens, if not hundreds, of beer selections from all over the world.
  • Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Rd, +1 224-1887. A funky tiki bar with the occasional great live music act.
  • Bajas Beachclub (at the intersection of Pensacola St and Ocala Rd). A trendy, yet sketchy, night club.
  • Fermentation Lounge (All Saints District). A hip, but still down-to-earth lounge featuring a wide selection of wines and beers and even harder to find items such as mead, sangria and ciders.

SleepEdit

Go nextEdit

Routes through Tallahassee
PensacolaQuincy  W   E  → Jct N   SLake CityJacksonville
ColumbusBainbridge  N   S  OcalaMiami
PensacolaQuincy  W   E  Lake CityJacksonville
ApalachicolaCrawfordville  SW   NE  ThomasvilleTifton



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