Tallahassee Fast Facts
Tallahassee boasts approximately 6,000 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of meeting space. [Get a complete listing of Tallahassee hotels
The Nature Conservancy considers the Tallahassee region to be one of “America’s Last Great Places.”[Learn more about Tallahassee outdoors
Nestled in the Red Hills bio-region of the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee boasts topography unlike any other in the state and is one of the most biologically-diverse regions in the United States.
Of the 497 verified species of birds that reside in or visit Florida, 372 species can be seen here.[Learn more about Tallahassee birds
The West Indian Manatee, also known as the Florida Manatee, is a year-round resident in local rivers. [Learn more about manatees in Tallahassee
The most recent bones found in Wakulla Springs – one of the world’s deepest fresh water springs – can be seen in the form of Herman, a 12,000-18,000 year-old mastodon, who keeps watch over the exhibits in the Museum of Florida History. In his prime, Herman weighed more than five tons.
Tallahassee’s canopy roads, originally old Indian trails now lined with huge, moss-draped live oaks, provide scenic driving adventures for visitors. Covering 78 miles, there are nine designated canopy roads throughout Tallahassee.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mark Winegardner, a Florida State University (FSU) English professor, was chosen to continue the “Godfather” novel series and has published two sequels about the Corleone family. [Learn more about Tallahassee universities]
Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU) is the nation’s largest historically black universities by enrollment. A plantation belt created in the early and mid-1800s still lives on as the largest collection of antebellum plantations in the country – 71 plantations and 300,000 acres – exists between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia, just 28 miles away.
In 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived in Tallahassee with his expedition, setting up camp through the winter. The de Soto encampment was the site of the first North American Christmas celebration. [Learn more about Tallahassee history]
African American history runs deep with momentous events such as the 1865 reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the front steps of the Knott House and the 1956 bus boycott that resulted in the abolishment of segregated seating on public transportation.
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, located on Florida State’s campus, is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world, boasting equipment that produces a magnetic field 1 million times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field.