A little too liberal.... but not about GUNS
Tallahassee, being a state capital and thereby a "government town", tends to be more liberal than most southern towns. In fact, we good conservatives often refer to our town as THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF TALLAHASSEE. I am constantly amazed at how enamoured our local officials seem to be with government intervention and wonton socialism. That being said, there is one area in which we are still "the south".
GUNS. People like to hunt here, and people also believe strongly in the 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads "the citizens' right to bear arms will not be prohibited". We have lots and lots of "gun and knife shows" that find their way to Tallahassee's civic center. In fact, local stores proudly advertise big sales on handguns and ammo on a regular basis. Take a look at the photo(s) with this tip. (they were photographed directly from over-the-air television)
Now before you go all psycho and fret about Tallahassee being a gun-slinging town, be advised that our violent crime rate is MUCH lower than that in some of the more "liberal and enlightened" areas of the country. Nobody down here is going to shoot you unless you need to be shot.
If you want more exotic animals......
There is an interesting animal exhibit at Tallahassee's Museum of Natural History. (otherwise known of in Tallahassee by it's old name, the "Junior Museum") But, if you'd like to see more exotic animals, you might want to motor over to Valdosta, Georgia, some 90 miles away. Wild Adventures Amusement Park and Animal Park has a nice collection of exotic wild animals in a well-maintained and reasonable spacious habitat.
Now, I agree with most of you..... animals in a zoo are not what makes me really happy. Nothing compares to seeing them in the African bush. But, zoos do important research and serve their purpose. I have no issue with zoos so long as the animals are healthy and cared for. This is the case at Wild Adventures.
For more information on Wild Adventures, see my separate tip.
Summing it up, I"m not sure that Wild Adventures is worth the drive if you ONLY want to visit a zoo. (If that's the case, I'd suggest driving the 160 miles to Jacksonville, Florida). But if you'd like to enjoy an amusement park, a water park, some good live music AND a zoo, check out Wild Adventures.
Cult following restaurants in Tallahassee, part 3
Po' Boys is another Tallahassee tradition, with a huge cult following. For years, folks who work downtown have enjoyed lunch and early dinner over at this Cajun cafe favorite on College Street. Located in the 200 block of EAST College Avenue, this is a place to find lawyers, politicians, criminals out on bail, bailiffs, students, homeless people and just about anyone else.
If the weather is nice, there's an outdoor patio to enjoy. And although I've never been there at night, I hear things can get pretty cranked up, especially on Saturday night. I'll bet that when the jukebox or occasional band plays "Jole Blon", it' sends the revellers into a Mardi Gras fit.
There are actually two other Po Boys cafes in town...one near FSU and the other is...can't remember. But the downtown one is the place we all know, knew and love. They have lots of Cajun goodies, plus the usual collection of burgers, fries, chicken fingers, wings, etc.
I really enjoyed their gumbo, and the shrimp etouffe is good, too.
Nice selection of cold beer as well. I think they have DIXIE BEER, a New Orleans favorite. Get some of that with a pile of hot wings or maybe some Louisiana crawfish. Tasty and mighty hot!
Florida Museum of Natural History
This is a very unique museum whic displays everything about Florida history that is not in the textbooks: prehistoric times. It has cool hands-on things for your kids to use, and lifelike replicas of animals that have existed. Also housed in here are incredible artifacts of early humans in Florida before the colonization period. A lot of it is centered around the last Ice Age, since that's when people first came to the Florida region. There's a mammoth skeleton found in Floridian soil, and saber-toothed cats as well. Every so often, there is a bigger exhibit beyond the prehistoric times. Examples of such are quilting (which my mother had pieces on display), Civil War, black history, music history, etc. What's more: it's absolutely FREE.!