Tallahassee Travel Guide

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Tallahassee Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly natives, emerald green hills, historical landmarks 

  • Con
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     Not much to do for teens short of seeing a movie or an arcade 

  • In a nutshell
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     It may not be much, but its beauty lures you. 

Tallahassee Things to Do

  • Lake Jackson Indian Mounds

    Lake Jackson is one of a few state parks in Florida with ancient Indian Mounds. The Lake Jackson Indian Mounds are pretty well preserved and are from a later period of the mounds era. Excavations in the area indicate the main period of occupation of the site occurred 9n the "Fort Walton Period" of Florida's history (between 1000 and 1450 AD). The...

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  • Mission San Luis - Tallahassee's Best...

    Maybe they don't have a huge advertising budget, but there is one attraction in Florida's Capitol City that shouldn’t be missed by visitors from around the globe or right nearby. Namely Mission San Luis. The only reconstructed Spanish mission in the Southeast, this gem of a living history museum brings the stories and spirit of its 17th-century...

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  • Wakulla Springs Boat Ride

    The boats operate on the hour from 10-5. Cost is $8 for the 3 miles ride and that takes 40 minutes, or for the glass bottom boat ride for 30 minutes for $8. That just re-opened after over one year of not being able to see the depth very well due to pollution and sewer irritants is the water that creates much more algae than it can support. UGH. The...

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  • Lake Jackson

    This is a very large lake to the north of the city on Hwy 27. It is low in depth, so many mereican Lotus lily pads are growing on the surface. It is pretty, but I imagine boaters have to be cautious about where they go, so as not to get the motor prop tangled up in the mess. It is a lake that nearly drained out in 1999 sue to low rainfall the year....

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  • Wakulla Springs

    This is a famous spring that gushes out water. The source is over 200 feet deep in the lake area coming from underground rivers/channels. The flow is 15,00 gallons a second, and it keeps the river pristine. Ed Ball, a wealthy person who inherited money as a Dupont heir, moved south for his health bought the spring and 5,000 acres. He had his...

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  • Goodwood Plantation Tour

    This is one fantastic tour of the mansion, and the grounds. The main house was built in 1840, and still in the same condition with only minor upgrades; like water and plumbing. It was to be the plantation of Henry Croom and family, but they died in a shipwreck on the way down to here. A family dispute and suit eventually led to a sale in 1857, and...

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Tallahassee Restaurants

  • Mediocre Food, Great Waitresses

    $10 as of December 2013. Most people do not come to Hooters for the food you come here to watch sports, drink beer and watch the ladies in the short orange shorts and tight t-shirts. This one was fairly typical with cute girls and mediocre food (I do like the chili though). Hours are 11 AM to 12 AM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 11 PM on...

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  • Questionable Service / Spotty Food...

    Arrived at 8:35 for dinner, party of 3, Wednesday night, restaurant approximately half full. Was seated and waited 12 minutes for a waiter to present himself to the table. When the waiter arrived, he advised he was not told he had a table. Asked for water and if the restaurant had a wine list (not provided at sitting). 7 minutes later, the waiter...

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  • Tried and True Southern BBQ

    I have eaten at Sonny's at other places, and it is good, and reliable, and cheap. What else did you want? Beer even is only $3 a 24 ounce. Ribs are the best, but they have all the kinds of BBQ meats, and chicken besides, and I think even pasta? All you can eat slab of ribs was the special that night; so why not try it? It cost only $13 and I had...

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  • Seafod/CAjun/Wraps

    There is a pretty good selection of food at this restaurant, and all was good that we had. The wraps seemed especially good based off mine choice; Ahi Tuna wrap. The fish and calamari plate Micky got was also good food. They specialize in all sorts of chicken wings. Prices run $7-20 range and beer cheap at $2.50 a pint. Ahi tune was cooked just...

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  • Lasso yourself a fine steak at Marie's

    If you've read my previous tip for Shula's Steakhouse, you've heard where to find the FINEST beef in Tallahassee....at a price, of course. For those times that you'd like a good steak, but maybe would like to leave with a little jingle in your pocket, I suggest you head over to Marie Livingston's Steakhouse and Saloon on Apalachee Parkway. You'll...

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  • Steak, the "gaucho way" in Tallahassee

    If you are a vegetarian, you might want to read one of my other tips. Rodizio's is not your place. :)Basically, this is one of those "South American style" steakhouses. Nice salad bar, good mixologist and liquor list, and then all you can eat meat meat meat. When you arrive, your table is given a little "rodizio" disk, one side is red, one side is...

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Tallahassee Nightlife

  • Roller Derby in Tallahassee

    OK, I had a tough time. I couldn't decide which category to write up Capital Punishment and the Jailbreak Betties, Tallahassee's two roller derby teams. Sure, it's a sport, but...in the end I chose nightlife tip because it's more of an event than a game.Roller Derby has been resident in Tallahassee since 2006, and we presently have two teams. The...

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  • college street

    potbelly's & the painted lady are two bars in converted houses next to each other. potbelly's is a typical college bar that offers live bands and dancing. the painted lady has more of a bar atmosphere. the cleintele are college students and 20 something locals. a fun place to visit for old folks like me after fsu football games. worth checking out...

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  • tennessee street

    tennessee street just across from the fsu campus has numerous bars and night clubs catering to the college crowd. not for old folks like me but a fun area for 20 somethings. pictured is ken's pub where i enjoyed 25 cent drafts back in the 1960's.

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Tallahassee Transportation

  • Parking by Government Area

    There are few places to find to park around the Government complex since most spots are for employees. However, the parking garage is form visitors, and the best choice. YOu can park there for $5 a day, or if you go to the Florida Museum of History, you get a coin pass to get out free

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  • Tallahassee Airport - TLH

    If you fly into Tallahassee, you can travel on one of three airlines:Delta; via Atlanta or OrlandoNorthwest; via MemphisContinental; via Houstion

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  • FSU Bus System

    This is a map of the complete bus route around the Florida State University campus. You pretty much encircle the entire place, which is very beautiful and has some great views of the city.

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Tallahassee Shopping

  • Italian treats and eats in Tallahassee

    A unique, authentic, family-owned market and deli, offering a wide selection of imported Italian grocery items, meats and cheeses. They also have freshly prepared food for takeout dining, including bread(s), fresh pasta, lasagne and cannelloni, desserts, salads and sandwiches.In addition to the taste treats at the store, La Lanterna also does...

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  • Tallahassee's Saturday Morning Farmers...

    For quite a few years, Tallahassee has benefited from having a Saturday morning "Farmers Market" over at the Market Square Shopping Center. Basically, farmers and producers from around the area come and set up in the covered "center space", offering fresh vegetables, fruit and other agricultural items up for sale. There are also stalls that sell...

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  • The best wine selection in town

    THE best liquor store in Tallahassee, hands down, is Market Square Liquors. There are actually seven locations of MS Liquors, but you want to go to the main one over on Timberlane Drive... it's about 10 times bigger than the other ones put together. :)This is the sort of place where you'll find Budweiser AND beer from Zaire. You'll find cheap...

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Tallahassee Local Customs

  • A little too liberal.... but not about...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Those "Southern" sayings

    I've learned that people from other parts of the country are amused and enchanted (in some cases) by many of our Southern "sayings"....Examples of the wisdom and colorful speak of Dixieland would be..."He's as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine."[TRANSLATION... He's ecstatic.]"Oh honey, we'll be as fine as frog's hair."[Basically, I love you......

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Tallahassee Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic Can Jam

    The loop around the south and east side is CApitol Circle Dr, while the north and west side is US 10, a main thoroughfare through the city. Residents use the loop for nearly every place they go because the city is somewhat laid out on a spoke concept that funnels traffic into the perimeter. it causes traffic delays due to the traffic lights that...

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  • The alligators look like they are...

    The alligators have been found in many of the lakes, rivers, ponds and any swamp area along the road. Daylight hours they are known to stay under water or warming themselves on water shores but after the sun sets they can be found in water with their eyes reflecting light shown on them. We found some near the boat docks in our rv park location....

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  • Sinners or Saints? Depends on the time...

    A lot of Tallahassee establishments may have different personas, so to speak, depending on the time or day, or on the day. A nice relaxing bar may turn into a rowdy college nightspot on Fridays and Saturdays. A tree-lined sidewalk may become a petty crime gauntlet as the clock strikes twelve. Our civic center could host anything from a monster...

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Tallahassee Off The Beaten Path

  • Havana-yes in Florida

    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...

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  • Bainbridge Georgia

    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...

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  • Thomasville Georgia

    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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Tallahassee Sports & Outdoors

  • Wakulla Spring Trail Hike

    The hike is 6 miles one way. If you merely want to get exercise, do it. I went 2 miles down the path, and it was utterly boring, going through the tree line along a well worn path. You see not water, especially since it has hardly rained here for a long time. Sweat

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  • FSU Baseball, America's pastime,...

    Baseball is considered a lesser sport in the college ranks. Clearly, football and basketball are the main sports contested between America's universities. However, for those of you who LOVE baseball, and adore a relaxing afternoon at the old ball park, I heartily suggest you check out Florida State University baseball.FSU has one of the better...

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  • Tennis (for free) anyone??

    Quite a few of Tallahassee's city parks have free public tennis courts at the ready. Back about 20 years ago, during the boom period when everyone thought they'd be the next Bjorn Borg or Chris Evert, getting a court could be dicey except during "off hours". But, folks in Tallahassee have moved on to other sports failures, leaving the tennis courts...

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Tallahassee Favorites

  • All sizes in this Bible Belt town

    Tallahassee and north Florida is situated right in what many would call "the bible belt". A great majority of the Tallahassee population would consider themselves to be members and regular church and worship attendees. This group does not include yours truly, but I have nothing against my church-attending brethren in town.There are all types and...

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  • Liberal in some ways, NOT in others

    As far as the south and the state of Florida goes, the city of Tallahassee is pretty liberal. We Republicans (I'm more conservative) call it "The Peoples' Republic of Tallahassee". Part of the reason is that Tallahassee is a "company town" for government, being the state capital. Government workers, and there are a bunch of them here, tend to...

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  • Old and new in downtown Tallahassee

    Tallahassee is a very pleasant mix of old and new. Over the past thirty years, the downtown improvement folks have done a great job of eliminating old and decrepit building having NO aesthetic or perservation value, while maintaining and renovating some historical gems. And, they've allowed new buildings that are beautiful, functional and...

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