The History Buff Itinerary

By Visit Tallahassee

Looking to learn the history of Florida’s Capital City? We’ve got you covered with this itinerary for History Buffs.

Living History:

  • Park Avenue Inn

Suggested Dining/Nightlife Options: 

  • Bar 1903
    • Located in the historic Walker Library, Bar 1903 honors the history of mixology while pushing the boundaries of the cocktail experience. 
  • Wakulla Springs Lodge
    • Surrounded by 6,000 acres of pristine forest, The Lodge at Wakulla Springs is North Florida’s castle. Built in 1937 by industrialist Edward Ball, the Lodge is located in the middle of Wakulla Springs State Park overlooking one of the country’s largest springs. Whether you enjoy fine dining in the Edward Ball Dining Room or want to cool off with ice cream at the world’s longest marble soda fountain, the Lodge’s timeless beauty surrounds you. Nature, luxury, history, and comfort—all can be found at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.


  • The Grove Museum
    • Few sites in Florida have witnessed as much history as The Grove Museum. Explore civil rights, American history and the families of two governors connected with the antebellum home who figured prominently in the moments that defined Tallahassee and Florida History. 
  • Take A Tour
    • Tallahassee Segway Tours provides guided tours of local area sights and attractions on Segway i2 SE Personal Transporters. These self-balancing, green technology transporters require only a few minutes of training to ride. Families with children or those who prefer to sit also have access to a sporty two-seat scooter so everyone can join the fun.
    • All Aboard Capital City Tours are fun for all ages featuring narrated stops at the Florida Capitol Complex, the Museum of Florida History, the Governor’s Mansion, outdoor art and many other sites.
  • Museum of Florida History
    • Opened in 1977 as the state’s history museum, it houses exhibits and artifacts covering Florida’s history and prehistory. The Museum of Florida History has more than 40,000 artifacts and permanent exhibits span periods from the prehistoric mastodon to the Space Age. The newest exhibit, Phase II of Forever Changed, chronicles a dynamic period in history – from the meeting and interaction of vastly different native and European cultures to Florida’s adoption as a United States territory and eventually a state.
  • Mission San Luis
    • Transport back to 1703 with a visit to Mission San Luis. A living history site, the Mission served as the principle village of the Apalachee and was the Spaniards’ westernmost military, religious and administrative capital. 
  • Meek-Eaton Black Archives
    • Showcasing one of the most extensive and important exhibitions of African-American artifacts, the Meek-Eaton Black Archines on Florida A&M Universities campus. Opened in 1908, the center is one of the largest repositories relating to African-American history and culture in the Southeast.


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