6 Reasons to Visit Tallahassee

6 Reasons to Visit Tallahassee

By Visit Tallahassee

With its natural beauty, incredible food, art, and rich history and culture, Florida’s Capital City is a destination where one visit is not enough. Tallahassee has many experiences and attractions for every type of traveler, making it an enticing destination well worth exploring. Here are a few top reasons to visit if you’re planning a trip.


Scenic drives define the Tallahassee area, especially the signature canopy roads where the limbs of huge moss-draped live oaks, sweet gums, hickory, and pine trees provide a towering canopy over roads that were once paths traveled by native tribes. Tallahassee has nine official canopy roads offering more than 78 miles of intriguing, shaded drives.

Visit the serene surroundings of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy birdwatching, kayaking, and fishing. The refuge is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life that encompasses over 83,000+ acres of coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks, and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers.

Popular options: Maclay Gardens State Park and Lafayette Heritage Trail Park


Tallahassee boasts a deep-rooted history and a rich cultural heritage. Step back in time to Spanish colonial Florida at Mission San Luis, a captivating living history museum. Immerse yourself in the meticulously reconstructed 17th-century mission and explore comprehensive exhibits that take you on a fascinating journey back in time.

Discover the history of civil rights in Tallahassee as you visit the renowned John G. Riley House and Museum, a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of the African American educator and leader. The house is the last visible evidence of Smokey Hollow, an African-American community that once thrived in the downtown area. Exhibits feature historical artwork and photographs. Afterward, head over and join a guided tour at the Grove Museum to learn about the local civil rights movement and its impact across Florida.


Tallahassee, aptly nicknamed “Trailahassee,” has 700 miles of trails winding through its rolling hills, towering pines, and crystal-clear rivers and springs. This picturesque destination offers abundant sunshine and a mild climate, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts seeking activities such as hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and swimming in the numerous parks and recreational areas.

Dive into one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs at Wakulla Springs, where you can swim in the refreshing waters, plan the perfect outdoor picnic, or enjoy a guided boat tour, where you’ll marvel at an impressive array of rare wildlife, from manatees to native river otters.

Explore Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University‘s (FAMU) beautiful and historic campus, founded in 1887, and “strike” a pose at one of the many photo spots.

Stroll through Florida State University‘s campus, where the towering oaks shade your walk, and visit Doak Campbell Stadium, home to Seminole Football and the largest continuous brick structure in the U.S.


Discover a culinary explosion where the delightful selection of mouthwatering food and drinks will surely exceed your expectations.

Begin your culinary journey at Bradley’s Country Store, where you can savor the delectable flavors of their famous smoked sausage and take home some of their hearty stone-ground grits. Crafted with a cherished family recipe that spans over a century, both are made on-site.

Grab dinner at The Huntsman, an upscale casual restaurant focusing on foraged, hunted, and farmed ingredients to create an unparalleled dining experience. Be sure to check out Black Radish, with an extensive selection of made-in-house fresh pasta and offers shareable seasonal dishes, vegetarian and vegan options, and natural wines.

Some other popular restaurants in town include Kool Beanz Café, Sage, Jeri’s Love on a Plate, Blu Halo, and IL Lusso.


Embark on a tantalizing journey of delectable libations in Tallahassee, starting with the exquisite cocktails at Bar 1903. With their diverse and extensive menu, you’ll discover a world of flavors and combinations that will delight your taste buds and elevate your spirits. Next, quench your thirst with a signature cocktail at Charlie Park, where master mixologists craft unique creations that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to sip on a handcrafted cocktail at the newly opened South Station, where the blend of innovative flavors and stylish ambiance create a truly memorable experience.

Tallahassee is home to many award-winning breweries, and each brewery has something you’ll love, from Hazy IPAs to pastry stouts and everything in between. Enjoy a flight of beers in Proof Brewing’s expansive beer garden, relax with a Sensory Overload Hazy IPA on Ology Brewing’s outdoor patio, gather the family around the outdoor fire while drinking a Beckster’s Satsuma Wheat at Lake Tribe Brewing, or grab a refreshing Spear Pressure Blonde Ale at Deep Brewing.


Tallahassee is home to a variety of captivating attractions and museums that cater to all interests.

Delve into the world of science and discovery at the Challenger Learning Center and explore the wonders of the cosmos at the planetarium. This family-friendly activity will provide positive learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math.

For art lovers, the Railroad Square Art District is a must-see. This dynamic cultural hub is home to many galleries, studios, shops, and creative spaces where local artists showcase their talents through captivating paintings, sculptures, murals, and more.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family, step back in time at the Tallahassee Museum. This outdoor living history museum showcases native wildlife, nature trails, historical exhibits, and zip line and aerial adventure courses.


Tallahassee offers the perfect destination for a fun-filled family vacation or a relaxing escape. From exploring the rich historical sites to indulging in delicious cuisine, there is something for everyone in Tallahassee. Come and experience the unique charm of this remarkable destination, where history, culture, arts, and natural wonders converge to create a truly memorable visit.


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