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The historic and charming city of Tallahassee is best known for being the capital of the Sunshine State. The North Florida city is a place where Southern charm elegantly couples with the diverse beauty that is Florida. The lush, green landscape of the capital city boasts centuries-old live oaks, stately plantations, and explosions of flowering perennials. The subtropical climate that is responsible for the lush flora and fauna of the region also makes air-conditioning a must-have-item. Luckily, most homes in Tallahassee are outfitted with air-conditioning as well as many other modern amenities. Popular area amenities include outdoor grills, washing machines, internet access, and cable television.
Canopy Roads - Nestled among tall pines and red hills, the beautiful city of Tallahassee is home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the country. Lush greens-capes meander throughout the capital city and create some of the most breathtaking scenic drives in the nation. The area is known for its canopy roads where narrow lanes run beneath the arms of live oak canopies. At one time, these historic roads were Native American trails. Today, these trails are a beautiful reminder of Tallahassee's long history.
Canopy roads in Tallahassee include:
City and State Parks - Tallahassee is one of the greenest cities in the nation. The city is home to dozens of parks, open spaces, and trails. The green city not only boasts a multitude of city parks, but is also home to a number of state parks as well. Those visiting Tallahassee should make it a point to visit gorgeous natural areas such as Maclay State Park, St. Marks State Park, and Wakulla Springs State Park.
Local Beaches - The city of Tallahassee is located less than an hour's drive from the coast. The capital city enjoys easy access to the nearby Gulf Coast waters. Those who are visiting Tallahassee in the warmer months may take a drive to the coast and enjoy swimming, boating, or fishing at one of the many nearby local beaches.
Popular nearby local beaches include:
The city of Tallahassee is home to two universities, which help to drive the city's many cultural events. Many performers and artists are attracted to the natural beauty of the panhandle. As such, there are always a great many opportunities available to explore the artistic side of Tallahassee. At any given time, visitors to Tallahassee will be able to attend art gallery openings, concerts, theatre productions, and festivals. From ballets at the FSU's Ruby Diamond to festivals at Cascades Park, there is always something to do in Tallahassee.
Cascades Park - Nestled between one of Tallahassee's most historic neighborhoods and its vibrant downtown is the breathtakingly beautiful Cascades Park. The dynamic urban park boasts an amphitheater, splash-pad, walking trails, a waterfall, and an interactive discovery park for the kids. Throughout the year, the park plays host to a number of concerts and festivals, including the Southern Shakespeare Festival and the Word Of The South Festival.
The Gaines Street District - This exciting section of Tallahassee recently underwent a makeover. Today, thanks to the support of the surrounding community, the Gaines Street Corridor is the proud home of Tallahassee's booming art district. Located only blocks from downtown, the Gaines Street Arts District is home to many art galleries, restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, breweries, and an industrial art complex complete with artist's studios.
Tallahassee's long history reaches centuries back to when the Native American's prospered beneath the city's hardwood hammocks. Today, Tallahassee's landscape tells of the region's fascinating past through the monuments that have survived into the present.
Mission San Louis - The Spanish first visited the Tallahassee area in the 1500s. However, it was not until the late 1600s when Mission San Luis de Apalachee became the western capital of the Spanish Mission system in Florida. Today, visitors are able to experience the mission way of life through the reconstructed Spanish mission.
Old State Capitol The stately capitol structure has been lovingly restored to its original appearance. The hundred-year-old building boasts a gorgeous stained glass dome and classic red-and-white-striped awnings. Today, the building is no longer in use as a capitol but is home to the Florida Legislative Research Center and Museum.
Additional historic sites in Tallahassee include:
Tallahassee is one of the few places in Florida that experiences all four seasons. Although, most of the year is rather temperate, when visiting the capital city, it is best that you pack seasonal clothing. The best time to visit Tallahassee is the spring. The city is alive with flowers and the temperatures maintain an average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When visiting Tallahassee in the spring, look out for Springtime Tallahassee and make sure to visit the spring flower display at Maclay Gardens State Park.
Tallahassee is home to an international airport and is easily accessible from many cities in the United States. Because of Tallahassee International Airport, it is easy to directly fly into Tallahassee. However, Tallahassee is also accessible from I-10, HWY 90, and HWY 27. Whether, driving by private car or rental car, Tallahassee is a great place to experience from behind the wheel. The city is home to so many wonderful scenic drives. Additionally, many visitors to Tallahassee come to the capital city by way of the coastal HWY 98. The scenic drive is a popular location for bicyclists, bikers, and motorists.