When most people think of visiting Florida, they think of beaches, the Everglades, and Disneyworld. But what are the top attractions in Florida’s panhandle? What is there to do in Tallahassee? Here are a few of the top things to do in Florida’s capital city.
Visit the Mission San Luis
There’s always something new happening at Mission San Luis. This living history museum celebrates every culture that has lived in the area throughout the centuries.
The Apalachee Indians were the first to inhabit the area, and their hunter/gatherer ways are celebrated at the Mission. The Mission observes this culture in a variety of ways over the year, but they are currently hosting a Winter Solstice celebration, which includes tribal dancing and storytelling.
The Spanish were the next group of people to populate the area. In fact, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon is credited as being the person to name the state. Visitors to the Mission can experience the Spanish outdoor cooking style at a workshop offered throughout the year called “Historic Cooking.”
Regardless if you visit the Mission during one of their special events or on a regular day, you will learn about both the Apalachee and Spanish cultures. The Mission San Luis is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Admission is only $5, and there are discounts for children and seniors.
Visit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
You don’t often hear the words “floral” and “architecture” placed together, but that’s how the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is best described. Dating back to 1923, Maclay designed his gardens for his winter home. Decades later, visitors are still enjoying the blooms, especially during the peak season from January 1 to April 30.
Visitors to the park have a wide variety of recreation options. From bicycling to swimming, kayaking to horseback riding, there is much to do at the park. Enjoy your favorite outdoor activity amidst a beautiful garden setting.
Check out the Florida State Capitol Building
Located at 400 S. Monroe Street, the “old capitol” was built in 1845. It faced demolition in the 1970s when the new capitol towers were being built. Instead, it was renovated and now contains the Florida Governor’s Suite, the Supreme Court, House of Representatives and Senate chambers, and a beautiful rotunda. Visitors to the old capitol can also see a museum exhibiting the state’s political history.
You will see the new capitol tower looming over the smaller old structure. This interesting mixture of classic and modern was not in the original plans. In fact, the older structure was supposed to be demolished once the new facilities were built. Somehow, this beautiful “oops” works, and the two buildings seem to represent a state that remembers their history while at the same time looks forward to a prosperous future.
Although these three sites will keep you busy for a couple of days in Tallahassee, you only have to drive 90 miles south before you hit the Florida coastline. St. George Island has beautiful white, sandy beaches, and it can be reached in only a couple of hours.