*** 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 are 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
There’s nothing like a high school football game with some popcorn, good music, friends and family. Join the Leon High School Lions as they welcome their new coach, Tyrone Mcgriff, and train for their upcoming season this fall. Check out their upcoming football schedule to make sure to attend a home game at the beautiful and oldest red brick establishment here in Tallahassee. Go Lions!
- Run on the FSU track
Known as Mike Long Track and widely recognized as one of the finest facilities in the south, the FSU track is a great place to get a workout in. Originally constructed in 1957, it still serves many national and world class athletes and athletic events. For directions, check out the map here.
- Go for a swim at Trousdell Aquatics Center
Trousdell Aquatics Center offers all sorts of activities such as lap swimming, water exercises, open swim, swim school and more. They also have a tower-slide wave pool and water slide play park for children to have fun, while staying safe. Check out the 50-meter, olympic-sized swimming pool with lifeguards on duty. For more information on classes, reservations or directions, click here.
- Take tennis lessons through the City of Tallahassee
The city of Tallahassee has 10 tennis facilities that offer private and semi-private lessons. There are nine different instructors to help you improve your game, but most importantly, to have some fun on the court! Rates vary depending on the instructor, so for more information be sure to click here.
- Dirt bike in the Apalachicola National Forest
With over 100 miles of motorized trails, dirt biking in the Apalachicola National Forest is a great way to let loose and have some fun. Most areas are usually smooth and sandy, but it can get slippery with wet weather, so be sure to check conditions before you go! From bringing your own equipment to group rides, you are sure to have a good time. Trails are open year round. For more information, click here
- Frisbee golf at Tom Brown
Interested in trying something new while getting some exercise in? Try out Frisbee golf at the Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee. It is a 24-hole disc golf course surrounded by both beautiful terrain and open fields. Check out the map of the course here.
- Cool off at the splash pad at Cascades
The Splash pad at Cascades is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day or after a long day of school. Located in the center of the park, come by to experience a water-park atmosphere with 73 filtered jets for the kiddos (any maybe you!) to splash through. Open daily from 9:00am-8:00pm.
- Picnic at the Power Plant Cafe
The Power Plant Cafe is right in the center of Cascades Park and is the perfect spot to get outside, have some good food, and let loose. From 11:00am to 3:00pm, they offer picnic baskets for two filled with sandwiches, salads, and desserts! Make sure to place your order ahead of time and bring a blanket to camp out on the grasses of Cascades!
- Float down the Wacissa River in Tallahassee
The Wacissa River is a 15 mile stretch of calm waters that brings you through beautiful terrain. The upper part of the river attracts boaters, fishers and swimmers, so make sure to visit the lower part for a peaceful float. For more information, check out this guide directions, trail maps, and other important information
- Zip line at the Tallahassee Museum
Tree to Tree Adventures invites everyone to give zip lining a try! There are 3 different courses designed for different levels, while always being strapped in and safe. They are open Wednesday-Sunday with hours and rates that vary. Be sure to check out the different courses and see what is best for you!
- Yoga in Kleman Plaza
In need of a physical and mental stretch? Try out Yoga in the Glenwood gardens, offered every Friday from 9:30-10:30 AM. Classes are all outside and music-infused. There is also a virtual option for those who would like to try it online. For more information, click here.
- Hike at the Leon Sinks
Looking for a trail filled with botanical beauty and vast waters? Leon Sinks Geological Area is just south of Tallahassee and is a great place to go on a hike with some friends. The outer loop is a moderate hike just over 4 miles.
- Watch the ducks at Lake Ella
Need some time to settle down? Stop by beautiful Lake Ella to stroll around and watch the ducks. Don’t forget to stop by the cottages that surround the lake with tasty treats and cute boutiques. For more information click here.
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
Looking for some classic, home-cooked soul food? Oleans serves up some of the best southern food you can find. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with pictures of FAMU sports stars, the owner, Olean McCaskill’s, friends and family, Bible verses, and posters featuring Martin Luther King Jr. and previous President Barack Obama. But there’s more to Olean’s than the decor! Try a smothered pork chop with green beans and cornbread, or enjoy The Obama Breakfast, a feast of grits, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and toast. Whatever you do, come HUNGRY!
- Walk up ice cream at Bruster’s
Brusters Real Ice Cream offers 24 flavors made fresh daily, with new ones featured every month. Bring your friends, sit outside and enjoy ice cream in the sunshine! Or head to their drive-thru when it’s raining for a discount on your favorite dessert. Don’t forget to bring along Fido, for an extra special treat.
- Lunch buffet at Tan’s Asian Cafe
Don’t let its strip mall exterior fool you! Tan’s Asian Cafe has some of the best Chinese, Indonesian & Vegan food in the Tallahassee area. If you’re looking for something on the menu, locals rave about their Lo Mein and Pad Thai. But the real “bang for your buck” is their daily lunch buffet! At Tan’s, they go for quality over quantity and each of the select options on the buffet are sure to please the palate… plus, dessert is included. Yum!
- Coffee at Lucky Goat
Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, new to coffee, or somewhere in between, you are sure to love Lucky Goat Coffee. There are five locations throughout the Tallahassee area. Lucky Goat provides tours and classes to further your coffee knowledge, and help you brew the perfect cup at home. Make sure to stop in for some great coffee and try their pistachio muffins – you can’t miss the bright green color!
- French pastries at Au Péché Mignon
Au Péché Mignon has been around for 25 years and has some of the finest pastries, macaroons, sandwiches, breads, pies, and chocolates imaginable. With some of the most elegant collections of European selections, their chefs are dedicated to quality, expertise, and passion. Make sure to try out their delicious Galette des Rois, a puff pastry filled with almond cream. Anything from Au Péché Mignon is purely “sinful”.
- Dessert and drinks at Clusters & Hops
Did someone say “Tallahassee hidden gem”? With over 3,000 wine selections, 100 cheese selections, and 75 beer selections, Cluster & Hops is a gourmet cheese shop that brings American and European cuisine together. Don’t forget their dessert menu either… make sure to try out their Creamy coconut banana foster walnut cake, new orleans apple praline parfait, or even their old fashioned root beer float.
- BBQ at Mo Betta BBQ
Looking for some funky chicken or BBQ nachos? Mo Betta BBQ seriously has it all and is one of the best food trucks in the Tallahassee area. Their sweet and juicy brisket is something you WILL be going back for. And did we mention the Mo-Betta smoked ribs? Mouthwatering. Make sure to give them a follow on their facebook to stay updated with their truck location.
- Deep-fried Oreos at Gurlie’s Lemonade and Sweets
Need a fix for that sweet tooth? Gurlies Lemonade and Sweets is the perfect pace to stop by. Their deep fried oreos are a viral sensation and come in so many different flavors such as caramel, cheesecake, and strawberry! Their truck is on the move, so click here to keep up with their location!
- Farm to table brunch at Backwoods Crossing
Backwoods Crossing is the perfect place to grab some locally caught soft shell crabs, sausage or duck. Started by The Rice brothers back in 2012, they have made sure to source some of the freshest produce in the area and then serve up their southern cuisine with a unique twist.
- Frozen treats at Big Easy Snowballs
Open all year round with 150 different flavors, Big Easy Snowballs has something for everyone. Located at the cottages of Lake Ella, it’s the perfect palace to grab a sweet treat and watch the ducks. Make sure to ask what their specialty of the house is when you’re there! Your stomach and your wallet will thank you.
- Ice cream from Momma P’s truck
In need of some nostalgic ice cream truck treats? Momma P’s ice cream truck is Tallahassee’s only old fashioned ice cream truck! You can chase the truck to the local neighborhoods they roam or reserve it for special events. Enjoy a strawberry shortcake bar, orange creamsicle, or fudge frenzy. Click here to check out their live truck radar.
- Deluxe milkshake from Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar
Are you a milkshake expert or a candy aficionado? If you’re looking for a sugar fix, Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar is where you need to go. From their signature milkshakes to the build-your-own creations, get ready to be taken aback by these extravagant treats. One of their most popular milkshakes is the #16: Cereal Killer. Make sure to stop by for $5 Sundaes every Sunday!
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
Try tasty food and treats while strolling down the quaint streets of historic Thomasville! The Taste of Thomasville offers 5 different tours that vary from food, wine, treats, and even children’s tours! If you’re around during the holidays, make sure to check out their Victorian Sweet Treats Tour and be transported back to the Victorian era through an exquisite food experience.
- Jump off the high dive at Wakulla Springs State Park
Home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, Wakulla Springs State Park is the perfect place to go for a day trip! Whether it’s boating, snorkeling, even jumping the high dive, there is something for everyone. Make sure to also check out their tours to catch a glimpse of all the alligators, manatees and an abundance of bird life.
- Enjoy sunset at St. Mark’s lighthouse
St. Marks Lighthouse is only a 45 minute drive from the center of Tallahassee and is the second oldest light station in Florida! There are a few surrounding trails and a small beach that wraps around the lighthouse and into the marshes. The best time to visit is around sunset with a picnic and a great group of friends.
- Hike through Providence Canyon
Known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon,” Providence Canyon is a great day trip from Tallahassee. There are multiple canyons to hike and over 1,003 acres of land to explore. There are also 2 picnic shelters and 3 pioneer campsites in case you wanted to camp overnight. It is considered one of the seven wonders of Georgia because of the vibrant orange colors and beautiful streams that run through the canyon.
- Go antiquing in Havana
Historica Havana is known as Florida’s Friendliest Small Town and is one of north Florida’s unique treasures. From one-of-a-kind boutiques to furniture stores and gift shops, customers will enjoy an eclectic shopping experience. The downtown area is filled with beautiful trees, tasty eateries and wine bars that are locally owned. If you’re interested in visiting, make sure to take note that most shops and cafes are open Wednesday-Sunday!
- Take a tour of Pebble Hill Plantation
Pebble Hill Plantation is a prime example of a 20th century sporting estate. Check out the grounds for a tour of the Main House, horse stables, or the museum filled with beautiful examples of American and British Sporting Art. From vast grounds, to wonderful antiques, and picnic areas overlooking the ponds, visitors will note “a sense of calm is felt from the moment one enters the main gates.”
- Eat on the water in Apalachicola
In the mood for some fresh off-the-boat seafood? Apalachicola is the place to go. The Bay produces 90% of Florida’s oysters and 10% of the nationwide supply. Apalachicola Bay oysters have a reputation among chefs across the US as being some of the finest tasting oysters available. When you make the day trip, be sure to check out Lynn’s Quality Oysters where you can dine on the deck and watch the sunset over the bay.
- Attend the Worm Grunting Festival in Sopchoppy
The Annual Worm Grunting Festival in Sopchoppy, Florida is a one-day event filled with live music and tons of entertainment. There is a 5k race, corn hole championship, beer garden, Hula Hoop contest, and a whole bunch of activities for children. This year they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on April 9th! They have been announced as one of the top picks for the best annual festivals in Florida, so it is definitely worth the day trip!
- Take a wagon ride at Aunt Louise’s Farm
Spend a day on the farm! Aunt Louise’s Farm hosts plenty of events that are fun for the entire family. Some of these activities include their wildflower field, barrel train rides, rubber duck race, and of course riding in the wagon! Entry for children 3 and under is free and all others is $10.
- Pet the animals at Redemptive Love Farm
There’s nothing quite as cute as cuddly farm animals! From horses to goats and even llamas, head out to Redemptive Love Farm. Hosting a special event in the area? Book them for your next occasion; birthday parties, pony rides, and even traveling farm petting tents.
- Take the ferry to Dog Island
Taking the ferry to the remote and secluded beaches of Dog Island is the perfect day trip activity. Dog Island is known for their white sand beaches, crabbing, and the perfect place to picnic. Dog Island is approximately 6 1/2 miles long and up to ¾ mile wide, and is a great place for long relaxing beach walks while finding beautiful shells.
Where the Locals Shop
- Pick up fresh produce at the Downtown Farmers Market
The Downtown Farmers Market is located in one of Tallahasses’s richest historic areas and celebrates local art, food, and music every Saturday. All farmers and vendors offer Mother Nature’s best. Whether it’s homegrown produce, fresh eggs, bread, or beautiful, fresh-cut flowers, you are sure to find something you love. Head over to experience a taste of the Tallahassee community.
- Gear up at Fleet Feet Running Store
Need a new pair of sneakers? Fleet Feet’s experts provide one-on-one guidance to find the perfect shoe for you. Plus, each Wednesday at 6:30 PM you can join them for a FREE runners happy hour. Take a 3-mile jog around Midtown and then head back to the store for a cold one.
- Browse books at Midtown Reader
Midtown Reader, located in Midtown Tallahassee, is an independent bookstore selling a wide variety of books both old and new. You can find autographed books, the staff’s favorites, or even sign up for their book club! They also offer a “Sip & Shop” with Argonaut’s full beer and wine bar every Friday and Saturday evening.
- Find the perfect gift at Coton Colors
Coton Colors designs and manufactures colorful handcrafted pottery, giftware, and seasonal pieces that remind you to never miss an opportunity to celebrate every day! Check out the Coton Colors storefront, located in Market Square. You’ll be sure to find the perfect piece for that hard-to-shop-for someone in your life.
- Head to Hearth & Soul for unique items
Hearth & Soul offers curated collections of simple, modern and classic items, including top brands and artisan goods that warm your heart and feed your soul. From high quality clothing pieces, candles, kitchen items, and best-seller books, they have something for every room of the floorplan. Don’t forget to check out their Garlic Pepper Jelly or Blackberry Lemon Marmalade to upgrade your dining experience.
- Explore Bradley’s Country Store
Bradley’s country smoked sausage is a tradition around Tallahassee. Located 12 miles outside the city, and a beautiful drive down Centerville Road, the store still stands the same as it did in 1927. Whether it’s some of their famous sausage, delicious sauces, or fresh cheeses, Bradley’s Country Store offers all the fixings needed for the perfect feast.
- Pet food at Panhandle Pet Supply
Looking for pet supplies and products for your furry friends? Check out the Panhandle Pet Supply for all their goods and services. Whether it is food items, cleaning supplies, or services for your pet, you can find all of your basic needs right here. Plus, they deliver!
- Check out Tally and Fin
Rejuvenate your closet! Stop by Tally and Fin, a boutique store right in the center of College Town, Tallahassee. With new and exclusive items as well as ongoing sales, you are sure to find something for any occasion.
- Perfect your skin care routine at Skin Science Aesthetics
Skin Science Aesthetics is one of the best places to find personalized treatments and natural results. Their goal is to bring updated techniques and industry standards to the Tallahassee area and transform the way people feel about aesthetic treatments. Whether it is microneedling, botox, or even Tetra CoolPeel CO2, there is a safe and effective option for everyone to look and feel their best.
- Scan through Cosmic Cat Comics
Cosmic Cat Comics is a full service comic bookstore in Tallahassee, Florida with over 20,000 comic books. They have been in the comic business for 40+ years, and are ranked as Amazon’s #1 comic bookseller. It is located right on the corner of Railroad Square and surrounded by many other boutiques and stores.
- Stay and play at Toy Nation
Toy Nation is a locally owned toy store that provides entertainment while teaching, enlightening and elevating local area kids. Walk-ins, stay and plays, and birthday parties are available from Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Toy Nation also serves as the official outpost for Tallahassee Paintball Sports.
- Explore Gypsy Rose Boutique
Gypsy Rose Boutique is a local store in Tallahassee that has been around since 2015. It strives to empower women and make them feel their best every single day. Make sure to stop by and check out their handmade leather goods, sweet candles, and unique section of clothing.
- Find one of a kind pieces at Olde Fields Clothing Co.
Wanting to spruce up your closet or in need of some one-of-a-kind finds? Check out lifestyle retailer, Olde Fields Clothing Co., to find funky candles, funny socks, and vintage wear. Head to Railroad Square to find something special.
- Meet your outdoor needs at Kevin’s
Kevin’s outdoor gear and apparel has been providing authentic products and experiences to the Tallahassee region for over 40 years. Whether it’s women’s and men’s outdoor clothing, kitchen items, or hunt and field accessories, they are the area’s go-to source for all things outdoors.
- A must stop for music lovers: Retrofit Records
If you’re into music, Retrofit Records is a must. They opened in 2011 and are proud to be Tallahasses’s best record store! With over 20 featured genres, they are sure to have something you’ll love to listen to.
- Break a sweat at Drip Drop Fitness
Drip Drop Fitness is a place for women to have a fun, energetic, and high intensity workout that doesn’t feel like working out. They were awarded Best of Tallahassee and voted the #1 speciality fitness studio in the 2021 Tallahassee Magazine. Check out their new Tallahassee location or their online video classes for at home workouts.
- Family fun day at District 850
Experience it all at District 850! From ax throwing to bowling, arcades to escape rooms, District 850 is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Check out their restaurant and bar with a full menu and happy hour specials.
Bars & Nightlife in the Capital City
- Stand up comedy at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack
How about some stand up comedy with a side of… oysters? That’s what you’ll get at Birds! You can’t miss out on their Laughterday Night Fever Comedy Show at 8:30pm. For a night of grins, giggles and belly laughs, head over to Birds Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack.
- Darts (and music) at Salty Dawg Pub & Deli
Salty Dawg Pub and Deli is the perfect hangout spot for wings, drinks, pool, and darts! They have weekly live music and a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy traditional bar food with their signature ice-cold mug of Bud Light on tap.
- Blues at Bradfordville Blues Club
The Bradfordville Blues Club is a one of a kind, classic, original juke joint located on the outskirts of Tallahassee. They are open Friday and Saturday nights and have hosted an impressive number of nationally renowned musicians. During cooler months, they have a bonfire that burns nightly under the hanging oaks. At intermission, grab a plate of Ms. Ernestine’s delicious fried catfish.
- Drinks Level 8
Don your little black dress and head up the elevator to Level 8 at Hotel Duval. With one of the best rooftop views in Tallahassee, patrons will enjoy a full bar, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and delicious exotic drinks. Head to their daily happy hour from 4-7pm to watch the perfect sunset.
- Rooftop views at Eve on Adams
Another popular rooftop hang out includes Eve on Adams. Located on floor 16, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the entire city. With beautiful outdoor lounge chairs and couches, you can catch some of the best sunsets while sipping on a delicious drink. Head over to try out their Tally in Bloom or Ruby Red Delight.
- Pinball at Flippin Great Pinball
Feeling nostalgic? Check out Tallahassee’s arcade bar, with more than 40 pinball and arcade games. You can also participate in game tournaments, host events, or shop select games.
- Supper Club at Top Flite Club
Top Flight is an old school dance and nightlife club in Tallahassee. They host comedy nights, karaoke, and great live music. Enjoy drink specials every night as well as fried chicken, wings, and fish at the bar. Head on over for their comedy shows every Sunday night at 7:30pm.
- Concerts at Cascades Amphitheater
Capital City Amphitheater is a 3,500-seat outdoor venue right in the heart of Cascades Park. With a beautiful view of the lake and sunset, it is a great place to relax and catch some live music in Tallahassee. If you don’t feel like sitting in the crowd, reserve a spot so you can watch from the deck of the Edison Restaurant, which overlooks the whole venue.
Museums and Culture
- Tour the Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized state government in Florida. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex. Through photographs, recordings, and audiovisual displays, you’ll experience the people and events that have shaped Florida’s unique history.
- Explore Black history at the Smokey Hollow Commemoration
One of the most significant features in Cascades Park is the Smokey Hollow Commemoration. It is an exhibit that pays tribute to the African American neighborhood that used to occupy half of Cascades Park. It is a place where the Smokey Hollow story can be told and memories can be shared
- Catch a show during Opening Nights
From world-renowned a cappella ensembles to country-rock and everything in between, Opening Nights has been providing meaningful artistic and professional musical experiences to the Tallahassee community since 1999. Starting in the fall and running through spring, students, residents and visitors alike will love the programs hosted by Opening Nights.
- Drive through history at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum
Home to one of the nation’s largest collections of antique cars, auto affectionatos will enjoy every inch of this museum. From the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln to the Batmobile, there is a vehicle for every era. Keep in mind that over 20 of the cars are national champion cars!
- Attend Ted Talks at FSU
TEDxFSU is a place where you can find TEDtalk videos and live speakers that dive into deep discussions around timely and relevant topics. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDxFSU is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience you won’t want to miss.
- Catch a show at Young Actors Theatre
The Young Actors Theatre is one of the oldest independent youth theater programs in the country, celebrating it’s 46th consecutive year of training and production. It is a place where you can enjoy music, drama, and dance all in one. If you’re interested in catching a show, make sure to check out their website for a list of upcoming performances.
- Tour the John G Riley house
The John G Riley house is a Museum for African American History and Culture. It is located at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Street, and welcomes people of all ages to journey back into one of the more significant eras of American history. Make sure to check out their current exhibit, which showcases African American pioneers renowned for their great service, leadership and major contributions in the arts and humanities
- Walk through the Old City Cemetery
The Old City Cemetery is Tallahasses oldest public cemetery that served as the burial place for both blacks and whites since 1829. The gravemarkers are artistic expressions that reflect changing cultural attitudes and certain periods of time, such as the ornate headstones found in the Victorian era. Check out this brochure for your visit to the Old City Cemetery.
- Get your picture taken at Goodwood Museum and Gardens
The Goodwood Museum and Gardens is a place where you can enjoy the arts, celebrate significant people, and capture priceless memories with a breathtaking backdrop. Take a step into the 19th century on the beautiful historic property of the Goodwood Museum and Gardens.
- Explore Native American history at Mission San Luis
Mission San Luis is an Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum that transports you to the year 1703. It is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida and the staff is devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee and Spanish residents. On site you can learn about the history, skills, and activities that were demonstrated in the 17th century. Head over to explore the native culture and Spanish colonization during this time period.
- Drive by the 9/11 whale sculptures
Whales are recorders of time and are supposed to teach us how to honor the sounds of the universe, how to listen to our emotions and feelings, and how to share pain. That is why Bill Brinson created a memorial of whale sculptures in the front of his home. Head on over and view the sculptures from a parking lot across the street to honor, remember, and never forget the fallen.
- Walk through the Tallahassee National Cemetery
The Tallahassee National Cemetery has served over 83,000 veterans in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. It is a beautiful piece of land that is home to the brave men and women who have served our country. Plan a visit to remember and honor our veterans.
- Visit Litchgate on High Road
Lichgate on High Road in Tallahassee is a historic spot that brings you back to the days of Shakespeare. Filled with butterfly gardens, perennial and daffodil gardens, a labyrinth and a Live Oak tree, it feels like you are inside a fairytale. The magnificent grounds are open from dawn to dusk; perfect for a morning or afternoon walk.
Activities Around the Holidays
- Trick or treating on Beard Street at Halloween
When it comes to Halloween in Tallahassee, Beard Street is where the festivities are at! The residents go all out when it comes to decorations, featuring elaborate graveyards, skeletons, and even eight-legged creatures! This street is one of the most festive in Tallahassee, so make sure to get your pillowcases ready so your candy doesn’t overflow.
- Walk through the Christmas lights at Dorothy B Oven
The Dorothy B Oven Park is known for an ambiance like no other, especially at Christmas time. The City of Tallahassee transforms the park into a beautiful holiday drive-through filled with over 150,000 sparkling lights. It is the perfect place to enjoy the season and get in the holiday spirit.
- Purchase homemade gifts at Market Days
Market Days is one of the largest arts and craft shows that features over 300 vendors. Bring home breathtaking pottery, metalwork, jewelry, and glass pieces. Open one weekend each December, be sure to purchase tickets early to find the perfect gifts for friends and family.
- Go pumpkin shopping at the Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church
Check out The Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church for their outstanding pumpkin patch. You can enjoy pony rides, bouncy houses, and great concessions every Saturday in October.
- Watch the 4th of July Fireworks at Tom Brown Park
Come celebrate America at Tom Brown Park on the 4th of July. This event has a spectacular firework display, live music, food trucks, and all sorts of activities for children. All are welcome to join; pack a picnic, sit on the grass and watch the show!
- Run, walk or cheer on participants at the Jingle Bell Run
The Jingle Bell Run is a part of the annual City of Tallahassee Winter Festival. It starts after the lighting ceremony and is followed by the nighttime holiday parade.
- Attend the FSU Homecoming Parade
The FSU Homecoming Parade is an annual event organized by the FSU Student Alumni Organization. It starts at the Civic Center and travels to the Westcott Fountain. From DIY floats to the Marching Chiefs, the Flying High Circus to the Garnet & Gold guys, it is something that will have you cheering F-S-U!
Tallahassee’s Professional, Volunteer & Civic Opportunities
- Volunteer at Second Harvest
Second Harvest of the Big Bend is a nonprofit charity that addresses the urgent problem of hunger within the local community. Their food bank provides nutritious food and other items that are needed in crisis situations. Help cure hunger and volunteer at Second Harvest. It only takes 3 steps to sign up and get started.
- Sign up to be a Reading Pal at a local elementary school
ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for children in the Big Bend area. The volunteers build genuine and impactful relationships with students, with the goal of getting them excited about reading.
- Attend the Professional Women’s Forum
The Professional Women’s Forum is a series hosted by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. This lunchtime program features distinguished leaders who provide tools and strategies to help employees and leaders grow. It is a great place to come together and learn from others in an informal and interactive setting.
- Sign up for Leadership Tallahassee
Leadership Tallahassee is a network consisting of experienced leaders that are committed to improving the community. With programs for both students and adults, program participants will learn almost everything there is to know about the local area. Join now to further your knowledge in economic development, government, business, and the arts.
- Adopt a pet from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter
Head over to the Tallahassee Animal Shelter where there are all sorts of animals just waiting for a new fur-ever family. From dogs and cats to more exotic pets, you are sure to find the perfect pet for your family. Their online kennel is updated daily, so make sure to add it to your bookmarks to keep up to date.
- Join the Junior League of Tallahassee
The Junior League of Tallahassee is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children and families through strategic partnerships, sustainable community programs and volunteer resources. Their volunteers are committed and well-trained and truly transform the community.
- Attend a happy hour with the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals
The Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals is a place where you can participate in engaging activities, as well as career-enhancing opportunities. All the events within the network offer a chance for young professionals to explore the city of Tallahassee and create friendships. Stay updated with their weekly calendar for upcoming events, like their signature happy hours.
- Cheer on the Tallahassee marathon runners
Join your favorite non-profit to cheer on the runners during the Tallahassee Marathon! This event started in 1975 with only two participants and now has over 170 runners! Various non-profits host water and aid stations throughout the course. At the end of the race, runners vote on their favorite, and the winner gets a check to their charity. Don’t forget your posters and signs to encourage the runners that pass by.
*As of November 2020, the Leon Sinks are closed for repair
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