Tallahassee Tourist Attractions

Home to around 400,000 people, the city of Tallahassee, Florida is steeped in history. It was founded in 1824 and has come a long way over the years. It's also known for its vibrant culture and booming tourism industry.

This destination's visitor-friendly credentials include a highly educated population and a charming historic district. It is a definite must-see for visitors to Tallahassee to visit the Museum of Florida History, which offers a rich experience for visitors of all ages.

Below are some of the sites worth visiting when in Tallahassee:

Museum of Florida History

Address: 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, United States

Opened in 1977, the Museum of Florida History is home to artifacts as far back as 12,000 years ago. The collections include modern arts and wartime memorabilia, flags, uniforms, coins, and more. It has three permanent exhibits and numerous additional traveling exhibits all year round.

Generally, the Museum of Florida History is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except during holidays. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 1255 Lighthouse Rd, St Marks, FL 32355, United States

The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is 23 miles south of Tallahassee and a must-visit attraction for visitors fascinated with animals.

This 80,000-acre wildlife park was established in 1931 as a protected habitat for migratory birds. Today, it is home to different species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

It has a hike trail and biking trails. Fishing and horseback riding is also available on the property.

Outside food is allowed at the property, but tourists must keep their trash after exiting since there are no rubbish bins inside. The park also provides restrooms, boat ramps, and a gift store.

The park is open year-round except for holidays. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee starts at $5.00 per vehicle or $1.00 if arriving by bike or on foot. An additional $2.00 fee covers anyone who wants to tour the keeper's house of the lighthouse.

Tallahassee Museum

Address: 3945 Museum Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32310, United States

The Tallahassee Museum is located about 6 miles from downtown Tallahassee near Lake Bradford and Cascade Lake.

The current location, which began in the 1960s, is a sprawling 52-acre property of nature trails, living exhibits of flora and fauna, historical buildings, a zip line, and an adventure course.

The museum is open to visitors for a fee of between $8.50 and $12.00 per person. The admission fee does not include access to other attractions in the compound, including the zip line and adventure course. Tickets to other outdoor activities are available for purchase.

It is open daily until 5 p.m. except for Holidays.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Address: 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309, United States

The best time to visit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is from January through April when the flowers are blooming.

Located about 7 miles north of downtown Tallahassee, the park is an ornamental garden known for its azalea, camellia, magnolia, jasmine, gardenia, ginger, and many more.

It has two nature trails and a reflecting pool, and several picnic areas. Mountain biking, paddling, fishing, and swimming are allowed at the property.

The park is open daily (except during holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The house museum is open daily (except during holidays) from January to April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fee to the park is $2.00, while $3.00 to gardens.

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

Address: 2100 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States

A National Historic Landmark since 1960, Mission San Luis de Apalachee is a reconstructed Spanish Franciscan site that gives travelers a peek into what life was like during the 17th century.

Tourists can take guided tours of the site's 60-acre property and explore its houses, church, and residential areas of the Spanish settlers and Apalachee Indians.

Located in western Tallahassee, the Mission San Luis de Apalachee exhibits artifacts excavated from the site beginning in the 1980s.

The property has several picnic tables for visitors to enjoy snacks and lunch.

It is open daily (except Sundays and holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance to the property is between $2.00 and $5.00, depending on age.

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Address: 6800 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308, United States

The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is an ideal destination for both car and antique enthusiasts. The institution has an extensive collection of cars, including the 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout, the 1962 Amphicar, and the 1966 Cherry Twister Mustang.

It also has the hearse believed to have transported President Abraham Lincoln, the Penguin's Duck Vehicle (from the movie "Batman Returns"), and a collection of Steinway pianos, including the famous White House gold piano.

Located about 8 miles northeast of downtown Tallahassee, it is generally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for holidays. The admission fee is between $8.00 and $17.50, depending on age.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Address: Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327, United States of America

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is a 6,000-acre wildlife sanctuary famed for crystal clear water, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and many more.

Located around 16 miles south of Tallahassee, the park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission costs between $2.00 and $6.00, depending on age and type of vehicles used.

Boat tours cost between $5.00 and $8.00, depending on age. Children below 3 years old can go inside for free.

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