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Tallahassee is Florida's Capital. Known for it's government and universities Tallahassee has much more to do and see. This peaceful town set along the rolling hills is surrounded by majestic forests filled with moss covered oaks and widespread wildlife. There are also several state parks, museums interesting old buildings and historic sites to explore. There are restaurants and shopping to suit the taste of many. Founded in 1824 Tallahassee was specifically designated as the capital of Florida. The United States had recently acquired the Florida Territory and selected the location as it was centrally located between St. Augustine and Pensacola. Both were former capitals but traveling between them was difficult in those days, hence the location. The site the town was built on was once the home to Spaniards, Creek and Seminole Indians,. Some of the Native American Indian mounds have been preserved and can still be seen out at Lake Jackson. The Dogwood flower is the city's symbol which resonates with the old town charm and southern hospitality making Tallahassee as special place to visit.
Local Tip: When visiting the Marianna Caverns wear closed toed shoes as the caverns can be slippery. Also some spots are a low as 4 feet and wide as 2 feet.
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Where to Go
Take a tour of The Capital Complex. Start with the New Capital Building. Tours are guided or self-guided  and are free. The lower two story buildings house the Senate and the House of Representatives . The Capital is a  22 story building that houses the executive and legislative branches. Take the elevator to the Observatory and Gallery. From the observatory you will see exceptional views of Tallahassee from four different directions. Also visit the Historic Capital Museum which has been fully restored to it's 1902 appearance. It features over 250 artifacts, 21 rooms and interesting information on Florida's colorful representation. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Other places of interest are the Governor's Mansion and the Florida Supreme Court both feature tours and are free.

For nature lovers visit the  Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park only a half a mile north of Tallahassee off I-10. Spend a day on the water at Lake Hall, surrounded by picnic pavilions, grills and a great playground. The state park also features over five miles of hiking and bike trails with each trail making a loop through the park providing some great scenery. Wildlife include alligators, bobcats, white-tail deer and birds of all species. However, the Gardens are the real star here at the park as they were first cultivated in 1923. The gardens features thousands of dogwoods, azaleas, roses, camellias, daffodils and more. The best time to see the blooms are in Spring with the height of blooming in March. Entrance fee is $6..00 per car. $2.00 pedestrian or bicycle.

Just a little over 1 hour west of Tallahassee is the Florida Caverns Sate Park in Marianna. Nestled along the spring fed Chipola River the park's main feature are the caverns. The tours are guided through an underground tunnel system featuring spectacular cave formations. Visitors will learn about the stalactites, stalagmites, drapers, flowstone and soda straws that make up this fascinating underground phenomenon. The caves stay at 64 degrees year round even in the hot summer months. Another fascinating spot is the refreshing Blue Hole Spring. The blue water is a nice spot for swimming and fishing it also features picnic tables and facilities. There is a visitors center featuring exhibits, historic artifacts and concessions. The park also features canoe rentals and camping.

Tour Florida State University a heritage rich, beautiful campus of brick buildings and moss laden oaks. Mayor Francis Epps grandson of Thomas Jefferson led the drive to establish FSU which is the oldest continuous higher education institutions in Florida. Go to the Visitor's Center and they will provide you with maps, parking info and student led tours. If you prefer to tour the campus on your own go to their websites and download a campus tour map. Make sure to check out the magnificent stadium home of the 3 time National Champions, Florida State Seminoles. 

Take a drive on one of Tallahassee's Canopy Roads. There are over 78 miles of huge moss draped live oak draped lined roads to explore. There are 9 official roads to unwind on. To the northwest of town: Old Bainbridge Road; to the northeast: Miccosukee Road, Moccasin Gap Road and Pisgah Church Road. To the southeast is Old St. Augustine Road. 

Where to Eat
If you are looking for a nice, fine dining steak dinner go to Shula's 347 Grill located in the Hotel Duval on Monroe Street.  Is is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for as they use only prime cuts of aged, premium beef and it shows. One way you can save a little on dinner is to get the porterhouse and share it comes with 2 sides. Order a starter like the crispy ravioli or blackened scallops to supplement if need be. The service is great and you will not be disappointed. 

Want seafood? Head over to Bird's Aphrodisiacs Oyster Bar. They serve only the finest oysters from Apalachicola. They also have grouper sandwiches, burgers chicken and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

For Asian Fusion food, Masa in trendy midtown is the place. They boast attentive service at reasonable prices. They feature traditional items such as Thai coconut curry, udon noodle soup with shrimp and pineapple beef tenderloin tips. Try house specialty Lucy's Famous Pork Tenderloin.

For a local and unique experience, check out Food Truck Thursdays at the Lake Ella Cottages. Located in north Tallahassee just off Monroe St. is a small collection of marble cottages turned into retail shops. Every Thursday from 6-9 between 6 and 7 food trucks line up for tasty fare. There are also bands that play and the shops stay open later for shopping. A true part of Tallahassee history.

Where to Stay
Hotel Duval is on Monroe Street is a hip, attractive, full service hotel. It features modern furnishings and polite staff. It it home of Shula's 347 grill and Le Roc Bistro.  Level 8 is a rooftop bar perfect for sipping a pre dinner drink or watching the spectacular sunset over the capital city.

In the heart of downtown legislation and lobbying is The Governor's Inn Hotel. The Inn is a 41 room boutique hotel surrounded by bars, restaurants and close to the Capital building. Many weddings and events are held here.

If you prefer a Bed and Breakfast stay at the Inn at Park Avenue in North Tallahassee. The Inn at Park Avenue is listed on the national register of historic places and is a fully renovated antebellum home with modern luxuries including a grand staircase, hardwood floors, beautifully appointed with antiques throughout and much more. 


Local Tip: Take a hike or bike the Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway.

Deep in the Cavern Deep in the Cavern
Deep in the Cavern
Deep in the Cavern
The Blue Hole Swimmng Spot at the Caverns. The Blue Hole Swimmng Spot at the Caverns.
The Blue Hole Swimmng Spot at the Caverns.
The Blue Hole Swimmng Spot at the Caverns.
Florida State University. Florida State University.
Florida State University.
Florida State University.
 
Local Tip: Stop in for a southern home cooked meal at the Old Town Cafe a family owned restuarant. Try the famous prime rib...slow roasted all day!
Lawmakers, Businessmen and Women, Nature Lover's, Football Fans and Visitors from all over will enjoy all that Florida's Capital City has to offer.

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Lawmakers, Businessmen and Women, Nature Lover's, Football Fans and Visitors from all over will enjoy all that Florida's Capital City has to offer.