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

Understand edit

History edit

Climate edit

Visitor information edit

Get in edit

By plane edit

By car edit

Tallahassee is on:

  •   Interstate 10 Tallahassee is accessed from exits 199 to 209
  •   Tennessee St
  •   Monroe Ave & Apalachee Pkwy
  •   Capital Pkwy goes around town along the east and southside of town. It connects Thomasville, Georgia, through Tallahassee to US Hwy 98 on the Gulf Coast.

By bus edit

  • 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 around edit

By foot edit

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 bus edit

  • STAR Metro. Tallahassee's public bus system typically runs from about 6AM to 7 or 8PM during the week and about 7AM to 7PM on weekends. 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. There are no longer ticket vending machines at the bus plaza, but tickets, passes and cards can be purchased at a kiosk by cash or credit card during business hours. $1.25.

By taxi edit

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.

See edit

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. M-F 9AM-4:30PM, Sa 10AM-4:30PM, Su Noon-4:30PM. 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. free.
  • 2 Florida State Capitol, 400 S Monroe St (Monroe Street at Apalachee Parkway), +1 850-488-6167. 8AM-5PM. Security is required prior to entering the building. Visit the 22nd floor for a panoramic view of Tallahassee. Stop on the 5th floor to see Florida's Legislative chambers. free.    
  • 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 Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Dr (a short drive on Interstate-10 East of the main part of the city). $20/adult, $17.50concession, $11.75/student, $8/child. Large collection of classic and antique cars and other curiosities.    
  • 5 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.
  • 6 Museum of Florida History, 500 S Bronough St (temporarily closed for renovations), +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.    
  • 7 Knott House Museum, 301 East Park Ave (temporarily closed for renovations), +1 850-922-2459. Historic home constructed in 1843. free.
  • 8 Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, 3600 Indian Mounds Rd, +1 850-922-6007. 8AM til sunset. The park encompasses six of the seven known ancient Native American earthen temple mounds, with two available for viewing by the public.There are two hiking trails, 0.75mi and 2.2mi. suggested $3/car, $2/pedestrian, cash only.    
  • 9 Lake Talquin State Park, 14850 Jack Vause Landing Rd, +1 850-922-6007.  
  • 10 Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, 4500 Sunray Road, South, +1 850-922-6007.    
  • 11 Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, 7502 Natural Bridge Rd, +1 850-922-6007.    
  • 12 St. Marks River Preserve State Park, 11950 Tram Rd, +1 850-922-6007.    
  • 13 First Presbyterian Church, 102 North Adams St. Completed in 1838, this is the oldest church in Tallahassee and the oldest building in Florida that's still being used for its original purpose.    
  • 14 Mission San Luis de Apalache, 2100 W Tennessee St, +1 850 245-6406. Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. Site where a Spanish Franciscan mission was built in 1656. The mission was destroyed in 1704 but some buildings have been reconstructed as a living history museum. $5/adult, $3/senior, $2/child, military free.    
  • 15 Tallahassee Museum, 3945 Museum Rd, +1 850-575-8684. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 11AM-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. $14.50/adult, $13.50/concession, $10/child.    

Do edit

  • 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.
  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.    

Buy edit

  • 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.    
  • Bradley's Country Store, 10655 Centerville Rd, +1 850 893-4742. Sausage and grits since 1927.

Eat edit

Drink edit

  • Bullwinkle's, 620 W. Tennessee St.
  • Leon Pub, 215 E 6th Ave, +1 850-425-4639. A smoking-friendly pub with dozens, if not hundreds, of beer selections from all over the world.
  • 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.
  • Proof Brewing Co, 1320 S Monroe St, +1 850 577-0517, . W-F 4PM-10PM, Sa 2PM-10PM, Su 2PM-8PM. A very large brewpub with beer garden. $1 off Proof pints at happy hour (W-F 4-6PM).
  • Amicus Brewing Ventures, 717 S Gadsden St (right by Cascades Park in the NRHP-registered old city waterworks building). Th 4PM-10PM, F-Sa Noon-10PM, Su Noon-8PM. Brewery. Beer garden and flights available. $6-8/pint.

Sleep edit

Go next edit

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

This city travel guide to Tallahassee is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.