Tallahassee is surrounded be beautiful landmarks and waterways for visitors to explore.
Formerly a working plantation, this 565- acre wildlife habitat includes nature trails, butterfly gardens and bird window. Open 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. (?) Admission: adults $5, children ages 4-12 $2.50.
Once an operating training facility, Camp Gordon Johnson has more than 7,000 square feet of displays, artifacts, photos and films documenting the sacrifices and achievements of the World War II era. Open Monday-Thursday 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: suggested donation.
Located in the center of St. George Island, this lighthouse was tended for more than 100 years leading mariners safely into Apalachicola Bay. Now it serves as a museum. Visit st.georgelight.org for seasonal operating hours. Admission to climb the lighthouse: $5 adults, $3 children under 16, children 6 and under free.
The town contains an eclectic assortment of shops, restaurants and is known for its assortment of antique dealers. Most shops are open Wednesday-Sunday. For a full list of shops and dining visit www.havanaflorida.com.
One of the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world. Parks activities include river boat tours, swimming and trails, historic 1927 lodge and dining hall. Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset. Admission: $6 per vehicle, $4 single occupant vehicle, $2 pedestrian/bicyclist; boat tours $8 adult and $5 children 12 and under.
Visit nearby Marianna to marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites at the only Florida state park offering cave tours. Cave tours are not offered on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: Park entry $5 per vehicle, $2 pedestrians and bicyclist; Cave tours additional $8 ages 13 and older, $5 children ages 2-12.
Families learn about the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem first hand. Interactive touch aquariums provide hands-on encounters with starfish, sea urchins and crabs. Guided tours of the facility, local salt marshes and dock are offered. Lab is open Monday– Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Admission: $8.50 adults, $6 children 3-11 years old and $7 for seniors. Reservations needed for tours.
Once dubbed “The Most Haunted Small Town in the South” Big Bend Ghost Trackers take visitors on an evening walking tour of some of the reportedly haunted homes and buildings in the downtown area. Tours offered the last Saturday of each month and on Friday and Saturday the last two weeks of October. Admission: adults $15, children ages 8-12 $12, children ages 7 and under free.
The museum features more than 3,000 artifacts representing local, state and national African-American history. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Built in 1890 by businessman and theater lover John Perkins, the opera house is still used for plays, musicals, concerts and murder mystery dinners. For a list of upcoming events and ticket costs visit www.monticellooperahouse.org.
A prime example of a 20th- century shooting and sporting plantation, Pebble Hills offers self- guided tours of the grounds and guided tours of the Main House. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission: adults $5, children ages 2-12 $2, children under age 2 free. Main House Tour Admission: adults $15, children ages 6-12 $6, children under age 6 not admitted in the Main House.
This National Historic Landmark is where Panfilo de Narvaez arrived in the area with 300 men in 1528. Located at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers, the Spanish built the original fort in 1679 to protect the Spanish missions in the area. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park entrance FREE. Museum admission $2. Children 5 and younger, FREE.
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and humane sanctuary for displaced captive wolves. Take a wolf encounter tour and get close with several breeds of wolves. Tours available every Saturday gates open at 11 a.m. tour begins at 1 p.m. Admission: $25 adults and $15 children ages 11-6.
The Refuge is a part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Visit the ranger station and borrow binoculars and scopes to view birds and wildlife found throughout the park. The grounds also include a historic lighthouse. Each October thousands of Monarch butterflies stop here for food and rest on their migration to Mexico. Open sunrise to sundown 365 days a year. Admission: $5 per vehicle and $1 for pedestrian/bicyclists.
This 325+ year old Live Oak tree stands more than 68 feet tall with a trunk almost 27 feet around. Stand beside the white sign, dial 229-236-0053 on your cell phone, look at the white camera on the telephone pole across the street, then follow the instructions you hear on your phone. You can find your picture online at bigoak.rose.net.
The park offers beautiful scenery including 150 foot bluffs leading down to the Apalachicola River and the pre-Civil War era Gregory House. Rare Torreya evergreens make it a unique site. Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset. Admission: $3.00 per vehicle and $2.00 pedestrians. House tours: $3 adults and $2 children ages 6-12.