*** Updated for 2022 ***
As the state capital of Florida, the home to 2 top-ranked public universities, and a recent nominee of Southern Living’s “The South’s Best Cities”, Tallahassee has plenty of things to do all year long.
However, to truly be considered a “Tallahassee local” there are some must-do items you have to check off your bucket list! Below are our top 110 activities every resident must do to earn their stripes. Be sure to check back often, as our city grows, new exciting adventures are added to the list!
So what are you waiting for? Get started today!
Attend (or Participate in) One of Tallahassee’s Annual Events
There are some events that are just “quintessential Tallahassee”. If you haven’t been involved in these activities yourself, then you definitely have a friend or family member in town who has! So whether you’re looking for a one-night event, like the TMH Gala, or something that requires months of careful preparation and planning, like joining a Krewe for Springtime Tallahassee, there’s plenty of activities all year long.
- Join a Krewe and build a float for the Springtime Tallahassee Parade
Springtime Tallahassee is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Tallahassee’s history through the production of an annual community festival. In addition to the Grand Parade, spectators will enjoy a music festival, local artist fair & more.
- Listen to Pops in the Park at SouthWood
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra‘s Pops in the Park is a springtime tradition of outdoor music overlooking the Southwood neighborhood’s Central Park Lake. There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring in Florida’s capital city.
- Watch the Red Hills Horse Trials
Horse lovers rejoice! Red Hills serves as a qualifying competition for competitors seeking berths on their respective countries’ Olympic and World Equestrian Games teams, and you can get a front row seat the second weekend in March at the gorgeous Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee.
- Participate in a Sailing Clinic at “The Rez”
The FSU Rez offers swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, instructional clinics, picnicking, beach volleyball, a recreation hall with game tables, and more! It’s free for FSU students, and a small fee for non-students to enjoy the facilities.
- Attend the TMH Gala
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Golden Gala continues to hold its place as the region’s premier charitable and social event. Delicious food and amazing musical artists is just the start. Proceeds go to support programs like the Walker Breast Program, a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and surviving breast cancer.
- Dine at Cleaver and Cork
For another top-notch philanthropic event, locals love to support Tallahassee Community College’s annual Cleaver & Cork, a four-part culinary experience, where world-renouned chefs come in to prepare a perfectly crafted meal for each guest.
- Take a tour at the Tallahassee Museum
From enriching group programs to specialized workshops, animal encounters, and night walks there is something for all ages at the Tallahassee Museum!
- Peruse through houses during Parade of Homes
Whether you’re looking for some renovation inspiration, in the market for a new home, or just like to look, the Tallahassee Builder’s Association hosts a Parade of Homes where local area builders get to showcase their work. Walk through everything from cozy 3-bedroom bungalows to custom million dollar listings during the annual Parade, which takes place the first two weekends in May.
- Attend the Best of Tallahassee awards ceremony
For more than 40 years, Tallahassee Magazine has captured the essence of Florida’s vibrant capital and shared it with readers. Each year, they host the Best of Tallahassee, which allows readers to vote on their favorite local businesses that make our community so vibrant. Before the event, vote for your favs, and then celebrate the winners at the annual awards ceremony.
- Enjoy FAMU’s Black History Month events
As a Black college located in the capital of Florida, FAMU has been at the heart of major history for African Americans. Join the University throughout the month of February for speakers, activities and other events that celebrate Black History month and Black leaders locally and around the world.
- Head to First Friday at Railroad Square
For the past 20 years, Railroad Square has best been known for the exciting and popular First Friday festival. This festival offers a lively, enjoyable experience with open galleries/shops, live music, and food. Railroad Square’s First Fridays have been recognized nationally by Forbes and Huffington Post and is Tallahassee’s most popular, longest-running monthly cultural event!
- Head to the Friday Night Block Party before FSU home games
The Friday Night Block Party is the official tailgate event of Florida State football and will feature live music along with onsite vendors and special appearances! Join thousands of Seminoles fans every Friday before home football games from 5 to 10 pm at Collegetown!
Tallahassee’s Indoor Activities
If you’re looking for activities to escape the summer heat (or afternoon showers) then there’s plenty to pick from on the list below. Soak in the silence and relax with a good book, or get loud and raucous with friends at the roller derby!
- Watch the FSU Flying High Circus
For over 75 years, The FSU Flying High Circus has brought students together to become part of one of the oldest and most unique collegiate traditions in Tallahassee. From both in air to on the ground performances, the FSU circus puts on a one of a kind show that any age would enjoy. Check out their website for more information on show dates and times.
- Read at the public library (or borrow a book from the “little libraries” located in Midtown)
Need to find a good book or somewhere to go on a rainy day? Midtown Reader, located in Midtown Tallahassee, is an independent bookstore selling a wide variety of books both old and new. Stop by on Friday and Saturday nights for Sip and Shop with Argonaut’s full beer and wine bar!
- Try your hand at Painting with a Twist
Looking for a date night, girls night, or even a paint your pet night? Located in the Lake Ella Plaza, Painting with a Twist offers classes every Tuesday-Friday from 2-7pm. It is a great way to let loose with a glass of wine and let your creativity shine.
- Cheer on the Tallahassee Roller Girls
Home of the Roller Derby in Leon County Florida, the Tallahassee Roller Girls bring athletes from a wide variety of backgrounds to come together and bring endurance, teamwork, and heart to the game. Get involved and become a skater, official, volunteer, or part of our fan club!
- Drive the city’s canopy roads
Tallahassee’s signature canopy roads are something everyone should experience. The long, winding roads with moss draped live oaks cover more than 78 scenic miles of the Tallahassee area. From almost all the way to Georgia to the very heart of the city, these roads will be quite an adventure.
- Bowl at Hangar 38
Hangar 38 offers bowling, gaming, and a premier full service restaurant all in one. Whether it’s practicing your game or grabbing a bite to eat, reserve your lane at Hangar 38 for the full experience. Pricing up to 6 players per lane is only $25 on Monday-Thursdays!
- Take an art class at the Sharing Tree
Established in 2009, the Sharing Tree has inspired creativity and increased educational opportunity while nurturing families and the environment around us. The Sharing Tree is a place for those to develop creative confidence and use repurposed materials for arts and crafts. Check us out for more information on art classes and events.
- Dance lessons at Fred Astaire
Since 1947, The Fred Astaire Dance Studio has been a place for all ages and abilities to enrich lives through the power of dance. Located at 1139 East Tennessee Street, #3, the dance studio offers Private Lessons, Group Lessons, and Practice Parties. Check out their calendar and start dancing today to experience the benefits of your physical health, mental health, and most importantly the fun of dance.
- Catch a show at the IMAX theatre
Although closed for renovations, the IMAX theatre in Tallahassee is a place to watch films to the fullest. Reopening will take place on Friday, January 21st. Until then, catch a show at the CMX Cinemas in Fallschase with their reclining seats, laser projection, and full service restaurant.
Outdoor Activities in Tallahassee
Tallahassee is known for its public parks and outdoor spaces. In fact, there are more than 88 parks located within the city limits! So if you want to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of things to do. From gentle yoga in Kleman Plaza to zip-lining through the forest, there’s something for every activity level.
- Attend a local high school football game
- Run on the FSU track
- Go for a swim at Trousdell Aquatics Center
- Take tennis lessons through the City of Tallahassee
- Dirt bike in the Apalachicola National Forest
- Frisbee golf at Tom Brown
- Cool off at the splash pad at Cascades
- Climb at the Tallahassee Rock Gym
- Float down the Wacissa River in Tallahassee
- Zipline at the Tallahassee Museum
- Yoga in Kleman Plaza
- Hike at the Leon Sinks*
- Watch the ducks at Lake Ella
Where Locals Eat (and Drink)
The list of local dining establishments in Tallahassee is long. Too long, in fact, to include everything here! However, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite spots that every long-time resident is sure to have patronized at least once. For more great dining options, visit our restaurants in Tallahassee page here.
- Soul food at Olean’s Cafe
- Walk up ice cream at Bruster’s
- Lunch buffet at Tan’s Asian Cafe
- Coffee at Lucky Goat
- French pastries at Au Péché Mignon
- Dessert and drinks at Clusters & Hops
- BBQ at Mo Betta BBQ
- Deep-fried Oreos at Gurlie’s Lemonade and Sweets
- Farm to table brunch at Backwoods Crossing
- Frozen treats at Big Easy Snowballs
- Ice cream from Momma P’s truck
- Deluxe milkshake from Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar
Tallahassee Day Trips
One of the best aspects of our city is its proximity to historic downtowns, amazing state parks and breathtaking beaches. Here’s our list of day trips that every local must take if they call Tallahassee “home”.
- Take the Taste of Thomasville food tour
- Jump off the high dive at Wakulla Springs State Park
- Enjoy sunset at St. Mark’s lighthouse
- Hike through Providence Canyon
- Go antiquing in Havana
- Take a tour of Pebble Hill Plantation
- Eat on the water in Apalachicola
- Attend the Worm Grunting Festival in Sopchoppy
- Take a wagon ride at Aunt Louise’s Farm
- Pet the animals at Redemptive Love Farm
- Take the ferry to Dog Island
Where the Locals Shop
- Downtown Farmers Market
- Fleet Feet Running Store
- Midtown Reader
- Coton Colors
- Hearth & Soul
- Bradley’s Country Store
- Panhandle Pet Supply
Bars & Nightlife in the Capital City
- Stand up comedy at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack
- Darts (and music) at Salty Dawg Pub & Deli
- Blues at Bradfordville Blues Club
- Drinks Level 8
- Rooftop views at Eve on Adams
- Pinball at Flippin Great Pinball
- Supper Club at Top Flite Club
- Concerts at Cascades Amphitheater
Museums and Culture
- Smokey Hollow Commemoration at Cascades Park
- Tallahassee Automobile Museum
- Tour the Florida Historic Capitol Museum
- Catch a show during Opening Nights
- Attend Ted Talks at FSU
- Catch a show at Young Actors Theatre
- Tour of the John G Riley house
- Walk through the Old City Cemetery
- Get your picture taken at Goodwood Museum and Gardens
- Explore Native American history at Mission San Luis
- Drive by the 9/11 whale sculptures
- Walk through the Tallahassee National Cemetery
- Visit Litchgate on High Road
Activities Around the Holidays
- Trick or treating on Beard Street at Halloween
- Walk through the Christmas lights at Dorothy B Oven
- Purchase homemade gifts at Market Days
- Go pumpkin shopping at the Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church
- Watch the 4th of July Fireworks at Tom Brown Park
- Run, walk or cheer on participants at the Jingle Bell Run
- Attend the FSU Homecoming Parade
Tallahassee’s Professional, Volunteer & Civic Opportunities
- Volunteer at Second Harvest
- Sign up to be a Reading Pal at a local elementary school
- Attend the Professional Women’s Forum
- Sign up for Leadership Tallahassee
- Adopt a pet from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter
- Join the Junior League of Tallahassee
- Attend a happy hour with the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals
- Cheer on the Tallahassee marathon runners
Shopping in Tallahassee
Whether you’re in need of a new wardrobe, or simply some retail therapy, check out these Tallahassee boutiques and shopping districts. There are plenty of stores for all ages and interests. So, treat yourself or a friend!
- Check out Tally and Fin
- Peruse Governor’s Square Mall
- Scan through Cosmic Cat Comics
- Stay and play at Toy Nation
- Explore Gypsy Rose Boutique
- Find one of a kind pieces at Olde Fields Clothing Co.
- Meet your outdoor needs with Bass Pro Shop
- A must stop for music lovers Retrofit Records
- Shop all things greek at Campus Greek
- Discover all your college fashion needs at Ooh La La Boutique
*As of November 2020, the Leon Sinks are closed for repair
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