Pedestrian friendly, and still accessible by car
One of the best things I can say about the downtown restoration and improvement efforts of the past 25 years is that they've NOT fallen victim to the "get rid of car traffic" mentality. Instead, they've incorporated both pedestrian needs with the reality of traffic via a two-pronged effort.
First, there are only four main streets in the downtown area with two-way traffic. These are Monroe, Adams, College and Tennessee. Park Avenue is actually a divided street, with east and westbound lanes separated by a wide streak of city parks. All other traffic ways are one way affairs, which tends to keep traffic moving. And, for the area very near to the state capitol complex, they've done traffic calming, via bricking the road (Adams) and making it a winding path. Additionally, all of the streets in the most heavily pedestrian areas of town are four-way stops, which keep traffic much calmer. The other streets have well-timed lights that keep the traffic moving and unobtrusive.
Walking around in the city park string of Park Avenue, or down the Adams street common area is most relaxing and enjoyable, and features many of the area's most beautiful edifice restoration examples. I enjoy visiting the weekend street markets that are held in the "string of parks" along Park Avenue.
For anyone staying at the downtown Doubletree Hotel, access to the string of parks and all of downtown is literally a breeze. :)
san marcos de apalache
the fort of san marcos de apalache is a historic state park located in st marks florida. the spanish built the original fort on a point between the st marks and wakulla rivers in 1680. the spanish ceded the fort to the united states in 1821. from 1861 to 1865 the fort was used by confederate troops to protect tallahassee from northern attack. a interesting site to visit when in the tallahassee area. from tallahassee take hwy 363 south to st marks. from riverside drive in st marks go west 1/8 mile then left on desota park drive. the museum is closed on tuesdays and wednesdays.
Tallahassee's FIRST Italian place
Back in 1963, Nino Violante and his wife Isolde started what became a Tallahassee legend.... Mom and Dad's Italian restaurant. In the days before Tallahassee became a bigger city, hour-long waits were the norm out at Mom and Dad's... The food, service and friendship was that good. This is one of those places that the governor and the garbageman were both welcomed with open arms.
Nino turned it over to family members in the late 1970s. The crowds are nowhere near as large now, but it's no indictment on the food or service, which remain very very good. It's just that Tallahassee has so many places to eat now, not the least of which is "Nino's" a restaurant that Mom and Dad's founder Violante started up in the late 1980s when he found it impossible to stay retired.
There are fancier places, and you'll find places with a snootier, high-class serving of Italian food. But if you want excellent home-cooking, assuming your home is in Trastevere and you can see Capitoline hill from you backyard fountain area , then Mom and Dad's is your place.
Great service and always a smile. Mom and Dad's is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open for dinner all other days, reservations are accepted, but rarely needed for an average-sized party.
VERY reasonable prices, a decent little wine list, plenty of parking. And, since Tallahassee's grown so much, Mom and Dad's is "close in". It's never moved, mind you... the city's just grown out towards it. When opened in 1963, it was in the "boonies", so to speak.
We try to hit Mom and Dad's every eight or ten months, just for old time's sake. Give it a try on your next trip to Tallytown. The last time I was there, I went traditional...
A nice plate of spaghetti with homemade Bolognese sauce. Added a couple of giant and tasty meatballs, too.
I had the sweet spumoni for dessert.
Appetizers? Everyone else in my party did the crab-stuffed mushrooms. I went traditional and had the escargot in garlic butter. You know what?? I've eaten escargot all over the world, hundreds of times. In my opinion, Mom and Dad's has some of the best around.
Visit St. John's Episcopal Church
Right in downtown Tallahassee is historic St. John's Episcopal church. It's truly a little slice of England nestled into the heart of Florida's Capital City.
Besides being a very peaceful place to rest on a hot afternoon, a small picnic on the church grounds is also a good idea.
The interior of St. John's is also very pleasing and old fashioned. The church has an excellent pipe organ. And on any given day, the bells of St. John's ring out over the city of Tallahassee on the hour.
Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. It was built because it was equidistant from the two originally important towns, Pensacola and St. Augustine. It is a lot more cosmopolitan than the neighboring Pensacola due to presence of state government and many students. It is located on steep hills and is full of beautiful mature trees covered with Spanish moss. In short, it is an enjoyable detour if you are traveling down I-10.
the downtown has a lot of buildings from the turn of XX century
generally the older buildings are in good condition, and are the home to various firms and restaurants