TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION & LAND CONSERVANCY
13093 Henry Beadel Dr, Tallahassee FL 32312. Recognized as one of the nation’s largest leading land trusts by conserving more than 160,000 acres in North Florida and South Georgia, this fire-ecology-oriented research station is where in 1895 naturalist Henry Beadel began his work on using fire as a timber and wildlife-management tool. It was originally Beadel’s hunting plantation. The Tall Timbers Research Station was established in 1958 and researchers continue his work there. Tours offered by appointment only.
LAKE JACKSON MOUNDS ARCHAEOLOGICAL STATE PARK
3600 Indian Mounds Rd, Tallahassee FL 32303. One of the state’s most important archaeological sites, where more than eight centuries ago Native Americans lived. Today the park includes a walking trail and four earthen temple mounds, with two available for public viewing.
TALLAHASSEE TREE TO TREE ZIP LINE ADVENTURES AT THE TALLAHASSEE MUSEUM
3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee FL 32310. Explore nature from high in the trees on thrilling adventure moving safely from tree to tree across tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets, and best of all, zip lines. The course is suitable for a variety of participants based upon body heights rather than ages. The course has been intentionally designed to blend with the Museum’s natural environment, inspired by the trees and the natural flow of the terrain and flora.
FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
3345 Caverns Rd, Marianna FL 32446. This is one of the few state parks with dry (air filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. Featuring formations of limestone including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flow stones and draperies.
EDWARD BALL WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK
465 Wakulla Park Dr, Crawfordville FL 32327. Reminiscent of old Florida vacation spots, Wakulla Springs is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours offer an up-close glimpse of wildlife including alligators, turtles, manatees, deer and an abundance of bird species. Park amenities also include picnicking, swimming/beach area and nature trails.
DOROTHY B. OVEN PARK
3205 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee FL 32312. The park features six acres of lush gardens with azaleas, camellias, palms and other local flora as well as a classic manor-style home and lanai, both available to the public for rentals. The park’s camellias are noted as some of the finest in the area. During the holiday season enjoy more than 250,000 twinkling lights, displays and holiday music.
MARKS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & LIGHTHOUSE
1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks FL 32355. Established in 1931 as a wintering home for migratory birds, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge serves as the gateway to the Panhandle Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, it is a popular spot for viewing more than 250 different species throughout the year. Waterfowl are commonly seen from mid-November through late December, shore birds are most common during late spring and early fall and songbirds arrive from their wintering areas in early spring (April). Multiple trails on the refuge are open to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. The refuge includes 49.5 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
MISSION SAN LUIS
2100 West Tennessee St, Tallahassee FL 32304. See history come alive through costumed living history, hands-on exhibits, re-creations of period buildings and archaeological excavations at the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida. The site was the capital of the western missions in La Florida from 1656 to 1704 and was home to 1,500 Spanish and Apalachee Indian residents. The council house is the largest historic Indian building in the Southeast. Guided Group Tours are available by reservation. Tues-Sun 10am-4pm.
TROUSDELL AQUATICS CENTER
298 John Knox Road, Tallahassee FL 32303. The Trousdell Aquatic Center features a 50-Meter Pool with 14 lanes and open to the public. The Trousdell Aquatic Center has hosted USA Synchronized Swimming sanctioned events, as well as USA Swimming Sanctioned events.
BRADFORDVILLE BLUES CLUB
7152 Moses Ln, Tallahassee FL 32309. Florida’s first site listed on the Mississippi Blues Trail, the Bradfordville Blues Club is a historic, one-room cinder block “juke joint” showcasing an impressive list of nationally renowned Blues acts. The BBC features a different artist every Friday and Saturday evening, while Miss Ernestine fries up catfish for music-goers around the bonfire.
RAILROAD SQUARE ART DISTRICT
602 McDonnell Dr., Tallahassee FL 32310. Historic warehouse district now home to more than 50 artist studios, galleries, and small shops. Railroad Square Art Park serves as Tallahassee’s “Art District,” the creative haven for many Tallahassee artists and other creative, small businesses, such as vintage clothing and thrift stores, shops featuring locally made products, and even a vintage pinball arcade and indoor rock-climbing gym. The brightly colored buildings, eclectic shops and variety of outdoor art and murals made this one of the top selfie locations in Tallahassee. There are plenty of options for dining/refreshments including Black Dog Cafe on the Square (coffee, gourmet pops, and more), the Crumbox Gastgarden (only cafe in town built out of a real railroad caboose), and the Railroad Square Craft House, serving pub food and craft beer in a colorful outdoor art garden.