Greenp(L)eace. Environmental love.
OK, I'm being funny with the spelling above. I meant to say Green Police. :)
Tallahassee is a city that has long valued its environment. There is a huge push to keep THIS city from becoming like the concrete jungles of south Florida. We love our trees, as I've mentioned on this site.
This photo shows some of the nifty little electric vehicles the local police department has purchased for patrolling the downtown area. Other than when it rains, I'd say that bopping around in these little go-carts has to be a fun way to check parking meters.
And, it's good for the environment! And speaking OF environment, look at all of those trees in the background. This photo was taken right in the center of downtown Tallahassee.
Wild Adventures Theme Park and Zoo
The nearby south Georgia city of Valdosta, Georgia, hosts Wild Adventures Theme Park. There is also an adjoining water park (Splash Island), which is considered part of Wild Adventures.
Valdosta is an easy drive, about 90 miles away from Tallahassee. WA is a pleasant little theme park, every bit as entertaining as your basic Six Flags type place....just a smaller scale. PRICES are on a smaller scale, too.
One-day admission is about $30. Sometimes, they'll give you two days for the price of one. A SEASON pass is only $64 per person, and includes all the concerts (see below), too. And remember, your admission gets you into both Wild Adventures and Splash Island water park. A helluva good deal, if you only go a twice a year! And (sounds like a TV infomercial.....) there's even more..) your season long passport is also good at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida. (both parks are owned by the same management)
Wild Adventures is clean, civil and well-managed. Parking isn't a problem, nor is traffic. And, unless you hit it on a weekend in the summer, it's usually not crowded, either.
How big IS Wild Adventures? Well, it's not remotely Disney or MGM.... but consider this... they have NINE rollercoasters! Some of them really move, too.
In addition to the amusement park, Wild Adventures has a well-maintained wildlife park, where you can get an up-close look at many exotic animals. (see zoo tip in off the beaten trail, Tallahassee) There are the pre-requisite animal shows that you'd see at any theme park scheduled at various times during the day.
And there are concerts...... your admission ticket will often get you into a concert being played by some famous entertainers. Your admission ticket only gets you general admission....if you want a reserved seat, you have to pay some extra. The last couple of years' acts at Wild Adventures have included Foreigner, Styx, Huey Lewis & the News, Loretta Lynn, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Boyz II Men, the Animals and EVEN Iron Butterfly! (remember In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida?) I heard this afternoon (March 2009) that Keith Urban is coming soon. I wonder if Nicole Kidman will come along for the ride?
Cult Following restaurants in Tallahassee, part 2
Tucked away on the backside of Tallahassee's oldest shopping center (even SEARS moved away) is Cabo's Tacos and Cabo's Island grill.
Cabo's has a loyal cadre that habitually dines on their freshly prepared Tex-Mex treats. As much a bar as it is a restaurant, Cabo's is a place that one goes to veg out and watch TV with your friends....oh yeah, and to eat tacos.
The tacos are actually very good, and they have an interesting variety of taco items on the menu. For a while, they used to make a trendy California-ish fish taco, but I'm not sure they do anymore. Florida may be on it's way to being another California, population-wise, but we're trying not to let our food get screwed up, too. ; )
The island grill portion of Cabo's is a good place to find Caribbean treats, including jerk chicken, firey Jamaican shrimp, etc. Again, it's all pretty good...and reasonably priced.
There's a reason that so many people keep coming back to Cabo's. Well, the tacos are what's on the signboard. Good, fresh and quite addictive. Have a frosty Tecate with a couple of tacos, add a bed of Mexican rice. Oh yea.... have another Tecate or two, and stay for a while.
bellevue plantation house
bellevue was the tallahassee home of princess murat. catherine willis was a great-grandneice of george washington and the widow of achille murat, the prince of naples and a nephew of napoleon bonaparte. during the second french empire she was recognized as a princess by napoleaon III. she lived in this house from 1854 until her death in 1867. the house was moved from jackson bluff road near downtown to it's present location in 1967.
The Florida State University
This is the Westcott Building, where you would find the Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Here there are several theatre productions annually along with some graduation ceremonies for Grad Schools. There is also an annual ballet hosted here in December; the ever-so popular Nutcracker
"View of Tallahassee from the Diffenbaugh Building"
"Corner of University Way and Ivy Way"
This building has cobalt blue windows which looks amazing from the outside, yet I've never been inside to see for myself what effect it has on the environment indoors
"Doak Campbell Stadium"
This is where all the home games for the Seminole football team take place.
This is a new stadium located to the right of Doak Campbell if coming from Pensacola Street