As one of America’s greatest tourist destinations, Tallahassee is home to great weather, beautiful scenery, interesting landmarks, lots of shopping, serious entertainment both outside and indoors, and a number of colleges and universities, including Florida State University. Regardless of your budget, Tallahassee is a great place to visit when you are traveling with family or friends. Here is our list of what to do in Tallahassee this year. Since fun is subjective, we have provided a diverse list of fun things to do for just about anyone visiting Tallahassee, Florida. Take a look!
1. Visit a Museum in Tallahassee
Visiting museums can be a lot of fun and in Tallahassee, Florida, you have more than a few options to choose from. If you are into history, you might especially like the Museum of Florida History or the Florida Historic Capitol Museum.
Other museums include:
- Tallahassee Museum
- Tallahassee Antique Car Museum
- Goodwood Museum and Gardens
- Knott House Museum
- John G. Riley Center & Museum
- Black Archives Research Center and Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University
2. Find Redemptive Love in Tallahassee
Find redemptive love in Tallahassee at its Redemptive Love Farm. Whether you have kids or just love animals, this place makes for a fun visit. Unique animals, face painting, and other joys will have the little ones in awe and your heart melting in similar fashion. All the animals are rescued and it is overall a very hands-on experience.
3. Experience a Landmark to Remember
Landmarks that help preserve Flroida’s long history are worth a visit. One such landmark is the Mission San Luis, which is Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. This site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. It is a reconstruction of the Spanish Franciscan mission dating back to the 17th century. If you want to get a sense of how life was like in Tallahassee nearly four centuries ago, this is the place to go.
4. Take a Hike in Tallahassee
If you like getting outside, even just for a little while after doing some shopping indoors, then a hike in Tallahassee can be a lot of fun. There are a number of places where you can go to take a hike and take in the scenery, too!
Some great trails include:
- Lafayette Heritage Trail – This trail is for anyone who wants either an easy or challenging hike while trying to spot turtles, birds, and alligators in or near the Piney Z Lake.
- JR Alford Greenway Trail – If you ever wanted to walk on crushed oyster shells, this trail is for you!
- Wakulla Springs Trail – This is the trail to visit if you want to spend hours on unpaved natural paths and visit the world’s deepest freshwater spring.
- Lake Talquin State Park Trail – If you want to take a nice, easy walk while taking in Lake Talquin and the bluffs, this trail may be your first choice.
- Miccosukee Greenway Trail – For those who are looking to up their game in hiking with terrain that changes from dense woods to grassy hills, check out the Miccosukee Greenway Trail.
5. Tallahassee’s Local Arts, Culture, & Entertainment District
Railroad Square Art Park is the place to get to know Tallahassee’s local arts, culture, and entertainment scene, which is both quirky and fun. There are more than 50 art studios, small shops, and galleries in this district. See what’s brewing or what’s cooking while taking in some of the finer yet fun things to do in Tallahassee. It’s a one-of-a-kind place for a one-of-a-kind experience.
6. Get Wild in Tallahassee
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is the place where you get to see all that is wild in Tallahassee. Visit St. Marks Lighthouse while bird-watching some of Florida’s most incredible bird species. You can also take a hike, go bicycling, horseback riding, paddling, boating, and much more!
7. Visit a Historic Cemetery Landmark
If goth and all things dead are your thing, then this is a super fun cemetery to visit. Owned by the city, the Old City Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Tallahassee. It is also the cemetery where a little-known, yet very famous in her own right, witch named Elizabeth “Bessie” Budd-Graham resides. In addition to her gravesite, there are many other historical tombstones to be explored.
8. Experience a Frank Lloyd Wright Attraction
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most famous architects of all time, built a house in Tallahassee, Florida. The Lewis Spring House is one of only two pod-shaped houses ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright anywhere in the world, and is also the only private residence in Florida that he ever designed. The Lewis Spring House is registered as a historic site as well as listed as one of 11 most endangered historic places in the United States. Not only is it an attraction to see, but your visit can help save it, too.
9. Visit a Fairytale Cottage
Lichgate on High Road was built by former Florida State University literature professor, Laura Jepsen in 1956. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. To this day, Lichgate Cottage maintains its appearance of a fairy tale land. The property features a labyrinth, Live Oak tree, beautiful gardens, and Shakespearean influence. If you enjoy the magic and wonder of fairy tales, this is a must-see place for you.
10. Consider Free Things to Do in Tallahassee
Many of the things already mentioned in this list are free things to do in Tallahassee, like some of the museums, hiking, and shopping centers. Another great free thing to do is visit Cascades Park, where the community of Tallahassee like to enjoy their days. Events here are ongoing, from concerts to other fun things to do and experience. If you want to see what events may be taking place at Cascades Park while you are in Tallahassee, check their schedule ahead of time.
Charter Bus Rental Tallahassee
If you are going with lots of family and/or friends, then you may want to consider a charter bus rental for convenience and organization. A charter bus rental can help you make sure you will be able to see all the sites and do all the fun things you want during your visit to Tallahassee, Florida.