Carefully tended gardens, vast natural areas, prehistoric Native American sites, pioneer dwellings and indigenous wildlife like manatees, Florida panthers, black bears highlight Tallahassee’s distinctive outdoor experiences.
Outdoors & Nature
Enchanting flora architecture surrounds the 1930’s home of New York financier Alfred B. Maclay. Impressive grounds feature 200+ floral varieties plus hiking, biking, nature trails, swimming, fishing and boating. Admission: $6 per car with 2-8 people $4 for car and single driver $2 per pedestrian. Garden entry during blooming months (January-April) $6 adult and $3 children. Open daily sunrise to sunset.
Six acres of lush gardens featuring azaleas, camellias, palms and other local flora. During the holiday season visit the park to see more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Open daily from sunrise to sunset. FREE.
The park offers access to Lake Bradford for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. The park's newest additions include the High Challenge ropes course and climbing wall. Open Monday-Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission for non FSU students is $1 children ages 6-15 and $2 for adults. Additional fees apply for canoe/kayak rental, the rock wall and ropes course.
Six earth temple mounds are evidence of Native Americans’ 1200 AD habitation on the banks of Lake Jackson. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Admission: $3 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians. Trailahassee.com is your guide to over 600 miles of paddling, running, hiking, biking and equestrian trails in and around Tallahassee. Users can search by activity and skill level allowing them to find the perfect trail. Photographs, video and blogs give users the ability to experience the trail before stepping out the door. Share your experiences by using #Trailahassee in your social media posts.
The museum boasts 52 acres which include: native wildlife habitats, Tree-to-Tree Adventures an outdoor zip line and adventure course, historic buildings and educational exhibits. The Tallahassee Museum features the restored Bellevue mansion with an attached kitchen and slave cabin as well as a one-room schoolhouse used by former slaves. It is also one of the few museums in the nation that combines a natural habitat zoo of indigenous wildlife, a collection of more than 14 historic buildings and artifacts, and an environmental center on a 52 acre lakeside setting. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-5 p.m.
The largest park in Tallahassee, Tom Brown sits on 225 acres and has amenities to accommodate all activity levels. Disk golf, lighted sports fields, biking trails, running paths, dog park and playgrounds are in use year around. Picnic tables, pavilions and open fields offer a nice place to sit and enjoy the day. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Free.
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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.
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.
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.