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Best Things To Do in Tallahassee

This is a terrific city to just be — outside, preferably. Top sites like the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park (located several miles south of the city) or the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park will give you a chance to experience the fresh air, Tallahassee style. Head indoors for a history lesson about the roadsters and vintage cars of the Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum, or concerning Herman, the anciet mastodon skeleton "hanging around" the Museum of Florida History.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated May 2, 2017

  • #1
    Tallahassee Museum
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    #1 in Tallahassee
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    Museums, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Located about 6 miles southwest of downtown Tallahassee near Lake Bradford and Cascade Lake, the Tallahassee Museum is the perfect attraction for those looking to have some fun outdoors. Moved to its current location in the 1960s, the museum has evolved to include 52 acres of nature trails, living exhibits of flora and fauna, historical buildings, and a zip line and aerial adventure course.

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  • #2
    Florida Historic Capitol Museum
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    #2 in Tallahassee
    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Tucked away inside Tallahassee's Old Capitol, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum aims to educate locals and tourists alike about Florida's political history while preserving one of Tallahassee's most architecturally stunning structures. This grand building sits at the heart of the state capital and is less than 2 miles from Florida State University and Florida A&M University, making it an ideal stop after touring the nearby campuses or roaming around downtown.

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  • #3
    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
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    #3 in Tallahassee
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Although Tallahassee sits more inland compared to other popular vacation destinations in Florida, this capital city has plenty of wildlife and scenic landscapes to offer visitors. Case in point: the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Located just 23 miles south of Tallahassee, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a must for anyone looking to spot some indigenous animals.

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  • #4
    Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum
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    #4 in Tallahassee
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    This museum is a must for many. With a wide variety of collections, including cars, knives and cash registers, visitors rave about the Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum. Some of the "precious metals" found inside include the 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout, the 1962 Amphicar and the 1966 Cherry Twister Mustang. You'll also be able to view former President Abraham Lincoln's hearse, vintage brass fans and the Penguin's Duck Vehicle (from the movie "Batman Returns").

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  • #5
    Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
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    #5 in Tallahassee
    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The freshwater at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is so clear in some parts that you can see some 100 feet below you (hence, the site's glass-bottom boat tours). On dry land, you'll find that plenty of wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and American alligators call the park home. In a nutshell, there's plenty to see, do and experience at this 6,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, as seen from three nature trails or while exploring the jungle-like waterways.

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    Mission San Luis de Apalachee
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    #6 in Tallahassee
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, this reconstructed Spanish Franciscan mission gives travelers a sneak peek into what life was like during the 17th century. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the 60 acres, exploring the tribal council house, church and residential areas of the Spanish settlers and Apalachee Indians that once shared land there. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the more than 300 artifacts that were excavated from the site. Recent travelers said visiting Mission San Luis de Apalachee feels like taking a step back in time. They also recommended visiting on a weekend so that you can opt for a ranger-led tour of the facilities since mission staff are especially knowledgeable and friendly.

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  • #7
    Museum of Florida History
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    #7 in Tallahassee
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Some artifacts in the Museum of Florida History date as far back as 12,000 years ago, but others are more modern like the museum's various World War II memorabilia and the model collection of naval ships. But the property's showcase item greets you at the door: an 11-foot mastodon skeleton that was originally found in Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. His name is Herman.

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  • #8
    Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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    #8 in Tallahassee
    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Tallahassee is definitely a place to stop and smell the flowers. Previous travelers recommend the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. This ornamental garden nurtures azaleas and camellias particularly, but you'll also find magnolia, jasmine, gardenia and ginger in bloom. And they're all picturesquely ensconced among two nature trails, bike paths, a reflecting pool and several picnic pavilions.

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  • #9
    Knott House Museum
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    #9 in Tallahassee
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    The Knott House Museum has a historic distinction. On May 20, 1865, Brig. Gen. Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on the steps of this home (which served as the temporary headquarters of the Union Army). This day marked the newfound freedom of Florida Panhandle's slaves, an important day in state history. The home's ownership eventually passed from state physicians to Florida Supreme Court judges until it was acquired by its namesake, politician William Knott, and his wife, Luella, in 1928. During tours you'll see this Park Avenue property much as the Knotts left it and learn all about the home's significance in Panhandle and Civil War history.

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