Geographically closer to Atlanta than Miami, Tallahassee has all the charm of a Southern city with its oak-lined canopy roads, colorful azaleas, and rolling hills. With its intriguing combination of politics and Southern beauty and charm, this is a side of Florida few experience. The city was the only confederate Capitol not captured by Union forces in the Civil War. Although Tallahassee is primarily a seat of state government it is also home of Florida State University.
Tallahassee, Florida's capital, is located in North Central Florida.
With the Gulf of Mexico 25 miles south and the Georgia border 14 miles north, Tallahassee rests between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the where Florida's panhandle and peninsula meet known as "The Big Bend" area.
Tallahassee offers an interesting blend of old and new. Rolling hills, antebellum homes, and canopy roads exist with many links to the past. Old plantations, such as Pebble Hill Plantation, located half way to Thomasville, offer visitors a unique experience of times gone by.
The charming downtown historic districts is graced with lush parks that lead visitors to the Knott House Museum, The Columns, First Presbyterian Church, John G. Riley House Museum and Old City Cemetery. Free walking tours and replica turn-of-the-century street cars carry passengers to antebellum mansions, picturesque churches and other downtown delights. Tallahassee has more than 145 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Capitol, the pride of Florida's historic "Capitol Hill" has been beautifully restored to its 1902 splendor.
Tallahassee also has a cosmopolitan side as the center of Florida's government and home to three universities. The most well know of which is Florida State University, home of the Seminoles. This helps promote the city's youthful character and lively social and cultural scene. One of the things to see and do here is the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History and Science which combines a natural habitat zoo with an historic building collection and environmental science center. The city is home to a widely-acclaimed collection of art, science and history Museums and Galleries, year-round festivals and non-stop entertainment venues at the 14,000-seat Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
Tallahassee is well known for its five official Canopy roads. These narrow and curvy roads, lined with moss covered oak trees, wind through the city offering peace and quiet compared to a typical city view of asphalt. During the 1800's, mules traveled these dirt country roads. Plantation owners planted the oaks to provide shade for the mules on their long hot journeys to the gulf.
This area of Florida is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation, including biking the rolling hills, canoeing cypress tree lined rivers, and backpacking through the wildernesses. Boating and fishing is available in local area lakes, such as Jackson and Talquin. The Gulf of Mexico is just 30 minutes away. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Apalachicola National Forest, are perfect spots for picnicking, swimming, biking, camping, and exploring