Updated: Jan 11, 2020
Named one of Southern Living Magazines’ Top 10 Cities of the South, Florida's state capital of Tallahassee is located 25 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and 14 miles south of the Georgia line in Leon County. The region enjoys mild temperatures year-round and lush, rolling landscapes set amongst numerous rivers, lakes, and miles of unspoiled shores.
Nature lovers delight in the access to Apalachicola National Forest, and more than 700 miles of trails for pedestrians, cyclists, and paddlers in county, city, and state parks, state and national forests, greenways, national wildlife refuge and wildlife management areas throughout the area. (Find out more at Trailahassee.com!) Adventurers will enjoy 100+ miles of in-town trails with varying terrain, trail connectivity, and extensive tree canopies.
If a little blues sounds like music to your ears, Tallahassee has you covered as home to Florida's only site on the National Blues Trail - Bradfordville Blues Club (BBC). And what goes great with the blues? BREWS! Yeah, Tallahassee has that, too! Tallahassee's breweries include PROOF Brewing Co., Lake Tribe Brewing, DEEP Brewing, and Ology Brewing Co. - or hop on the Tallahassee Brew Bus! Don't forget to grab a bite at any number of the original eateries in town as well! Local favorites include; Kool Beanz Café, Vertigo Burgers & Fries, Bella Bella, Madison Social, Momo's Pizza, Sage, Backroads Crossing, Hopkins Eatery, and Izzy’s Sushi Bar and Pub.
Straight from our friends at Visit Tallahassee, here's a handy rundown of the distinct districts of Tallahassee. Which one speaks to you?
CollegeTown - Energetic, youthful, hip and exciting—in a word FUN! College students, alumni and locals come here to eat, drink and shop.
All Saints / G-Street - Eclectic, artistic, diverse and funky—in the best possible way. Vintage shops are sure to inspire inner bohemian while artisanal eateries please palettes.
Market District / Uptown - A perfect blend of upscale shopping, classic dining and natural beauty. Located at Exit 203 on I-10, this is the first glimpse of Tallahassee for many visitors.
Midtown - The heart of the city beats with live music, craft breweries and dining options to suit every taste.
Downtown - Downtown Tallahassee is where history and politics exist hand-in-hand. Witness government in action alongside museums and important civil rights markers.
And don't forget... Railroad Square Art Park serves as Tallahassee's "Art District" - a 10-acre site that is home to more than 50 artist studios, galleries, and small shops. Here, you'll find nifty vintage shops, thrift store, handmade goods, and more! Aim to visit for the monthly First Friday Gallery Hop, Tallahassee's longest-running monthly festival.
Take a look at some of the notable stops we've uncovered in Tallahassee:
Museum of Florida History - Official museum of history for the state of Florida. Opened in 1977.
Mission San Luis - 65-acre historical site, and the most thoroughly studied mission in the southeastern United States.
Natural Bridge - Site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and an annual reenactment in March.
Historic Homes - Goodwood House, Bellevue Plantation, the Governor’s Mansion, Knott House, The Grove, and the Spring House - the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed private residence in Florida.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge - A popular spot for viewing more than 250 different species of birds throughout the year.
Wakulla Springs - The world's largest and deepest freshwater spring, with riverboat tours, wildlife viewing, and more.
Cascades Park - 24-acre urban park with multi-use trails featuring Florida’s Prime Meridian marker, Capital City Amphitheater, an interactive water fountain, and more.
Events, you say? Tallahassee always has something going on, but here's a peek at some of the most popular annual festivals and events worth planning your getaway around...
This is just a broad overview of some of the highlights you can expect to find when you visit Tallahassee, Florida. For more information on the area, including where to stay, additional dining options, event details, and more check out Visit Tallahassee!