Tallahassee Off The Beaten Path

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    Havana-yes in Florida

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    This small but quaint town has a large number of antiques stores. After the commerce trade of rolling cigars died off and went to Cuba, little else was left for work. The town struggled for years, and then the concept of those tourists with money to spend and bring back some treasure from the South popped up. The town strip is only one block long and two rows. While we were there, they had a band, and that brought in some people to town. The downtown has buildings from mostly the early 1900's to 1940's.

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    Bainbridge Georgia

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    This is a small town, but has a number of antebellum homes from the good old days of commerce and trade coming up and down the Flint River. Not much commerce is left now, but the homes are intact, and preserved real find for some areas. eare no homes to tour, and the town basically keeps the old homes under control of maintenance. Downtown there are some antique shops.
    The town is about 40 miles north of town on Hwy 27

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    Thomasville Georgia

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 15, 2011

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    This is a very nice town that is about 35 miles north of the city. Take HWy 319 out the the north part of the city. The historic preservation downtown, as well as scores of homes has kept a real pristine image for the town. There also is a county museum that has a nice complex of old farmstead homes, and a mansion to tour.

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    Ocean Scene

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 14, 2011

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    Picturesque view of the beach
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    We went down Hwy 393 to Hwy 98 to get the Shell Point and St. Marks village, both on the water. The drive was an additional 20 plus miles from Wakulla Springs, and would be about 40 miles from Tallahassee. The beaches are not used as much as in other places, but also not maintained form seaweed and grass edges. St. Marks is no more than two bars that serve some food, and boats to drop in the water, or store.

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    letchworth mounds

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the letchworth indian mounds are located about 15 miles east of downtown tallahassee on US 90 near the town of lloyd. the area around tallahassee was inhabited by the weeden island culture of native americans from 1,000 to 1,700 years ago. this archeological site has ceremonial and burial mounds. the letchworth ceremonial mound is the largest in florida. for those interested in native american history and culture the letchworth mounds is an interesting site near tallahassee.

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    A great little deli in eastern Leon County

    by 850prc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Hilltop Country Store and Deli

    If you find yourself exploring out in eastern Leon County, somewhere in the MIccosukee-Lloyd-Monticello areas, there's a little gem of a country store and deli that you should try. It's call the Hilltop Country Store and Deli, and it's quite a find. They have wonderful deli sandwiches, as well as terrific barbecue and hamburgers. Fried chicken, too. All good.

    If you call ahead, they'll have your sandwiches ready to go.

    The Hilltop also has a lot of nifty local delicacies. One of my favorites are the amaretto chocolate dipped pecans, that come from nearby Monticello, Florida. I've shared these with friends far and wide to great acclaim. Guys, these are good enough to give to a woman you love, if you know what I mean. : )

    Hilltop's official address is 14807 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309

    Their phone number is 850.906.0752

    FINDING HILLTOP....
    (from Miccosukee) Drive south on Veterans Memorial Drive (County Rd 59). When the road dead-ends at US90 East (Mahan Drive), turn left. Drive about 2 miles and Hilltop will be on the right... not surprisingly at the top of a hill. :)

    FROM TALLAHASSEE
    Drive east towards Monticello on US90 (Mahan Drive). Drive past Cap Circle, and the Interstate highway 10 on ramp. About 10 miles beyond the interstate intersection, you'll see Hilltop on the right.

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    pebble hill plantation

    by doug48 Written May 31, 2010
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    pebble hill plantation is one of over seventy plantations that still exist in the tallahassee-thomasville area. pebble hill plantation was established by thomas j. johnson in 1825. the plantation home you see today was designed by english architect john wind and was built in 1850. during the radical reconstruction era after the civil war pebble hill fell into a state of disrepair. a wealthy northerner named howard m. hanna bought the plantation in 1896. the hanna family restored the pebble hill and built additional buildings on the property. pebble hill plantation is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and southern culture pebble hill plantation is well worth a visit when in the tallahassee area. for admission and times see the attached web site. pebble hill plantation is located on US 319 twenty five miles north of downtown.

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    Wild Adventures Theme Park and Zoo

    by 850prc Updated Mar 11, 2009

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    One of Wild Adventures' NINE rollercoasters
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    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?

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    Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

    by 850prc Updated Jul 6, 2008

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    Sara and Opie, a 3-week old fawn.  soooo cute!
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    SPECIAL NOTE, 7/6/08. For those of you who have heard the story of "the lucky duck", she's doing well. At this time, she's moved to a permanent home out at the Tallahassee Junior Museum. She can't fly well enough to be released into the wild, so this lucky duck will live the rest of her life being well cared for. If you'd like to help Goose Creek take care of rehabbing animals, please send a check made out to Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, attn: Noni Beck. The address is 830 Watt Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Please drop my name (Pete Chamlis) and say that you read about Goose Creek on my VT page. :)

    Also, if you'd like to see a photo taken today (1/21) of the famous duck, look at my second tip photo. This is my daughter Sara holding the rescued duck. :)

    Here's the original tip text:

    e Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is really nothing more than a collection of people who truly love rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife. If you truly have an interest in this endeavor, give Goose Creek (Noni) a call when you're in Tallahassee.

    My daughter, Sara, who lives for this type of vocation, has volunteered with Goose Creek and Noni for over five years. In the attached photo, she's holding "Goober", a beautiful little adult Eastern screech owl. Goober cannot be released back into the wild because he cannot fly. So, Goose Creek takes care of him and uses him in educational demonstrations. My daughter has been working with Goober for years, and they make quite a pair. BTW, if you're wondering about Sara's (my daughter) outfit, she was wearing a skunk costume on this day. She was doing wildlife talks and demonstrations for small children at a local festival.

    ALSO, IF YOU TRULY HAVE AN INTEREST IN CARING FOR INJURED WILDLIFE AND WOULD LIKE TO SEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO A GROUP THAT WILL SPEND EVERY PENNY YOU GIVE TO THEM ::ON:: THE ANIMALS....NO ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OR SALARIES, IT'S ALL VOLUNTEER, please contact me and I'll tell you where to send your dollars, euros, shekels, rupees, kroners or whatever. Thanks!

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    January and February around the city

    by JudyinPA Written Jun 4, 2008
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    Lake Talquin is outside of Tallahassee to the west a few miles. It is a great place to use a motorized boat, fish, camp and ride horses on the many sandy roads. It was close to where we stayed in an RV Park so we went there often for the quiet and to fish. The area is a maze of sandy roads and maps are needed to be able to find your way around this thick forested area.

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    Bradley's Country Store, established in 1927

    by 850prc Updated May 2, 2008

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    Bradley's Country Store

    About 12 miles out of Tallahassee lies Bradley's Country Store, home of Bradley's Country sausage. The fine folks at Bradley's (ie the Bradley family) have made great sausage for almost 80 years. I've eaten my weight in their specialty over the years. Bradley's also offers a first rate butcher-shop service for country-style meats. Fine country ham, pork chops, ribs and such can be had at Bradley's.

    Lots of people drive out to Bradleys to buy sausage for their out of town friends when they visit. It's so tasty that people pack it in ice and take it home.

    The Bradleys are good people, too. For years, they've partnered with all sorts of civic groups, providing their sausage dogs at a very reasonable price for fund-raising. As a band parent, I've cooked a million of them. :)

    And last but not least, the Bradleys host two big Tallahassee events each year. In the fall, the store and lands around it play host to Bradley's Old Fashioned Day. There's craft sales, historical demonstations and, of course, a great opportunity to get some good country food.

    In the spring, Bradley's hosts the Tallahassee Renaissance Fair. Knights of old and such. Seems like a weird thing to happen at a country store, but it's very popular.

    Get yourself a Bradley's sausage on your next visit to Tallahassee. If your Tallahassee host really loves you, maybe he or she will drive you all the way out to the store. : )

    To find Bradley's FROM TALLAHASSEE, go about 12 miles "out of town" on Centerville Road, starting at Cap Circle NE. Bradleys' is well marked, on the right side of the road.

    To find Bradley's FROM MICCOSUKEE, go "towards" town (Tallahassee) on Mocassin Gap Rd. (Mocassin Gap Road in Miccosukee and Centerville Road in Tallahassee are actually the same road) About 6 miles towardsTallahassee, Bradley's will be on the left.

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  • FSU Film School

    by izauze Written May 2, 2008

    Somehow little old Tallahassee, Florida ended up with a film school that is rated top 5 or so in the entire WORLD. It hosts a number of screenings of the student short films and they're all free. The most widely attended by the public is the MFA Thesis screening (usually in early August). There you will see 5 or so 10-20 minute short films made by the graduating class of masters students. These are often films that go on to major international festivals and competitions including the Emmys and the student Oscars.

    Another lesser-known fact is that because the FSU Film School is one of the only major film schools outside of a production center like LA or NY, the students depend a lot on the surrounding community for help. So if you're really looking for something different to do, you can volunteer to help out on set (see the bulletin board in Doak Stadium, building A), or try out for their twice-yearly open-call acting auditions (usually held at the beginning of each semester).

    There's usually a decent calendar of events at: http://www.film.fsu.edu

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    san marcos de apalache

    by doug48 Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    old fort ruins

    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.

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    wakulla springs state park

    by doug48 Written Oct 7, 2007

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    wakulla springs

    located 20 miles south of tallahassee is wakulla springs state park. this beautiful spring and wildlife area is a great place to visit when in the tallahassee area. see my woodville florida pages about the numerious things to do in this area south of tallahassee.

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    st. marks wildlife refuge

    by doug48 Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    rosette spoonbills

    the st. marks wildlife refuge is a great place to visit to see florida wildlife. i have been there numerous times and have seen alligators, bald eagles, herons, ibis, wood storks, deer, bear, wild boar, and a florida panther. pictured are some rosette spoonbills which are very rare in north florida. from tallahasse take hwy 363 (woodville hwy) south to US98. take US98 east just past newport to the wildlife refuge.

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