Football is the centerpiece of fall in the south. Other sections of the country view it as an obsession. Southerners think of it as more of a passion. Add, the excitement of a national championship and the highly acclaimed Marching "100" . . . and you have Tallahassee's special version of Fall Frenzy. When following the Seminoles or Rattlers on the road, we included links for planning your trip.
Nature provides perfect weather and there are an abundance of activities before and after kick-off. Success on and off the field requires a 'Game Plan.' Let's get started . . .
A Tallahassee (Party) Tradition
Pre-game festivities begin Friday with a FREE street party downtown featuring live entertainment and food at the Downtown Get Down and Friday Night Block Party. The family friendly Downtown Get Down fills Adams Street while the Friday Night Block Party takes place a block away at Kleman Plaza. Join the fun from 6 – 10 PM.
Enjoy everything from concerts, clubs, plays or a rocking good time at Florida's only spot on the National Blues Trail.
- Tennessee Strip evokes memories of college years for returning alumni and friends. The mention of hot spots like Ken's, Yanni's, Bullwinkles and Poor Paul's always produce stories and smiles.
- Midtown mixes some of the area's most popular restaurants with favorite watering holes like Finnegan's, Fifth & Thomas Kitchen and Musichouse, Waterworks and the Wine Loft.
- Downtown/Collegetown offers new and traditional favorites, from Clydes & Costellos, Andrew's, the scenic views offered at Level 8 in Hotel Duval to the contemporary refined look and feel at Wxyz Bar in the Aloft Hotel. For near-campus fun, the epicenter is Madison Social in Collegetown.
- Tap into the Capital City's latest creations and sample local favorites in the Brew District with stops at Madison Social, Proof, Grasslands, and The Brasstap Gaines.
For a complete list, visit our nightlife page.
Tallahassee enjoys a growing reputation as a culinary destination with popular neighborhood eateries with four recognized as Florida Trend Golden Spoon winners:
Masa, Golden Spoon
Food Glorious Food, Golden Spoon
Cypress, Golden Spoon Hall of Fame
- Shula's 347 Grill, Golden Spoon
Unique Tallahassee attractions complete the weekend itinerary.
- Historic Downtown includes the Capitol Complex with the fully restored Florida Historic Capitol Museum, the Museum of Florida History, the Challenger Learning Center, the John G. Riley Museum of African American History & Culture and picturesque Park Avenue Historic District.
- The newest addition to downtown is the 24-acre Cascades Park
- For a glimpse of the Plantation South, visit Goodwood Museum and Gardens.
- The Tallahassee Museum showcases pioneer structures and native wildlife and for the more adventuresome, try the Tree To Tree Adventures, a unique zip line and aerial obstacle courses.
- For an eye-popping view of more than 130 vintage and classic cars, visit the Tallahassee Automobile Museum.
- Bradley's Country Store, a national historic landmark, looks much as it did when it opened in 1927 and offers homemade smoked sausage and probably the best stone ground grits on the planet.
- At the end of a dirt road and under massive oak trees sits the Bradfordville Blues Club, Florida's only spot on the National Blues Trail.
- Strolling through 65 acres with reconstructed homes, a fort, mission and five-story tall Apalachee Council House reveals the importance that Mission San Luis has played in Florida's history.