My travels to Tallahassee (Tally) brought me to our state’s gorgeous capital city, a force to be reckoned with and not just a destination to zoom by on the interstate. My itinerary included great things to see in Tallahassee, FL, including fantastic museums, tasty restaurants, unique attractions, and a super fun Segway tour. Here are suggestions for your trip.
Visit A Historic House
Nestle in the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is the lovely historic Maclay House, a New York financier’s Southern retreat. This 1184-acre state park features fantastic scenery and grounds, perfect for a scenic walk. Guided tours run from January to April. Perhaps even more impressive than the home and retro furnishings are the little nooks and crannies on the property that offer a spot for relaxing and meditating, namely the mysterious fountains and reflecting pool that showcases the lake in the distance. Maclay Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Besides touring the Maclay House, you can also picnic, swim, fish, kayak, hike, bike, or take a boat ride at the property. I recommend sitting in the rocking chairs on the covered patio area—great for gazing at the lake or wildlife.
See Florida’s Most Unique Museum
A collection of all things related to the Sunshine State are on display at the Museum of Florida History. It showcases Florida’s first people, depicts the states’ part in the Civil War, educates about the Citrus Packing industry, and offers World War II exhibits and other interesting temporary exhibits.
Room after room with careful thought and meticulous detail will educate and entertain you for hours on end. Exhibits featuring early tools, hand-carved canoes, pottery recovered from AD 1350-1500, and battle flags are some of the artifacts on display. Don’t miss the giant Mastodon and the cool Tin Can Tourist camps exhibit. The classic cars were not too shabby either.
Pop culture specialties of Florida include such items as Lilly Pulitzer clothing and vintage Disney collectibles. Last but not least, the Museum of Florida History has a fantastic display of the Florida Highwaymen pictures.
Explore an Art Center
A lovely house in downtown Tallahassee is home to the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Artworks consist, but are not limited to, hand-painted silks, 3D arts, pottery, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, toys, glassware, and gorgeous intricately painted furniture. This established fine art gallery is also a place for art education activities. Year-round art classes are offered onsite in the back of the property.
Stroll through the lush sculpture garden outside of LeMoyne or enjoy a glass of wine in the seating arrangements. While I often find art galleries of this nature to be snooty, the staff at LeMoyne treated us and all other visitors like family. What a lovely place to visit!
Stay in a Unique Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee is the most centralized and desirable hotel in downtown Tally. Not the typical DoubleTree hotel, this unique decor, done in weathered textures, gold and white lamé, and brightly colored accents, is one you will want to see for yourself.
Dazzling ornate crystal chandeliers hang from the DoubleTree lobby’s ceilings, even in the valet parking area. Rooms are done in black, gray, and white hues with pearlized leather headboards and playfully patterned chairs. I’m not going to lie; I loved it. The DoubleTree is also within walking distance of the Florida State Capitol and downtown areas.
Drink Great Beer
Proof Brewery is Tally’s favorite brewery and taproom, judging by the mass amounts of people who flock to hang out there. I get it! Proof Brewery is welcoming and has a stellar outdoor setting with plenty of seating groups, covered areas, table tennis, corn hole, and vibrant colored walls. Some of Proof’s most popular beer choices are La La Land IPA, Mango Wit, and Half Sister. They are known for a bold, big beer taste and range from pale ales to stouts and lagers.
Grab a bite from the small but mighty menu (Mobi food truck) as you enjoy your cold brew or cider beverage. Bring your leashed pets.
Eat Through Tallahassee
Having gotten off of the interstate exit to cruise through Krispy Kreme Donuts one, two, or twenty times, I was excited to see that Tally is also a foodie city, offering more than donuts.
Have a fluffy omelet and excellent coffee from Uptown Cafe and Catering, or a stack of pancakes or egg dish from Lofty Pursuits. If you are in town for brunch, The Edison gets a nod for the fabulous Chicken & Waffles.
Lunch does not get any better than the no-frills Shell Oyster Bar, where $10 will get you a tasty grilled shrimp platter with two side items.
For dinner, you’ll love Food, Glorious Food, a Southern-inspired restaurant with high-quality menu items that look as good as they taste. You can’t go wrong with the Grilled Petite Filet with blue cheese ale. Another tasty dinner option is Cypress Restaurant, serving elevated farm-fresh cuisine in a lovely setting.
An Amazing Outdoor Attraction
The biggest shock of my visit came at the Tallahassee Museum; not a typical museum by any means, but more of an outdoor attraction with dozens of fun things to see and do. The Tallahassee Museum has animals, lots of them, including exotic birds, panthers, bears, and bald eagles. The way the venue designed, it almost feels like the visitors are walking around in a cage as you explore the fenced pathways that allow the animals up close and personal.
The Tallahassee Museum displays playful and colorful dinosaurs made of salvaged auto parts, a project that artist Jim Gary thought would blend well with the landscape. On weekends, living history takes place at four main structures on the museum grounds. My favorite part of the incredible museum was the Bald Cypress Trees, swaying in the breeze and looking like a famous portrait.
Take a Segway Tour
I cannot think of a better way to cover a lot of ground in a short time than from a Segway, your own personal transporter. Operating a Segway is super easy to learn and the tour operators train you thoroughly before heading out. Tallahassee Segway does a fantastic job of easing people into being comfortable and enjoying the ride.
Tours provide a nine-mile, two-hour trip exploring Tallahassee’s urban areas, Cascades Park, and a fun ride through Florida State University’s campus, a cool way to see the campus. We stopped for several photo-ops, and the time flew by. I cannot stress how much fun this outing was and will be adding Segway tours to my itinerary as often as possible. Tim, Tallahassee Segway Tours owner, is the perfect host.
Tour a National Historic Landmark
The Mission San Luis is a National Historic Landmark, aka Spanish Franciscan mission built in 1633. It is the only reconstructed mission in the entire state of Florida, bringing the 17th century to life through living history village interpreters and archaeological demonstrations. Special exhibits are offered throughout the year.
During my visit, I was privy to see a celebration and meet the famous leaders of two well-respected tribes. Step into a life steeped in history as represented by soldiers at the fort, a friar at the church, and cooking skills demonstrated by the tribesmen and women. Don’t miss visiting the Apalachee home structures and the old church.
Tallahassee: Definitely Worth Stopping For
Tallahassee was a pleasant place to visit, with bountiful educational offerings and enjoyable cultural finds. There are plenty of great things to do in Tallahassee, Fl, and many of them one-of-a-kind attractions. Does this sound like a city you would enjoy getting to know?
Thanks to Visit Tallahassee and Visit Florida for hosting my travels. As with all of my posts, the information above is 100% mine and unbiased.
Thanks to the Tallahassee CVB for hosting my trip. As with all of my posts, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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