TOUR Guide

May 10, 2014 - Aug. 16, 2014

Know your Tallahassee. Be a T.O.U.R. Guide.

A summertime tradition, Tallahassee attractions join Visit Tallahassee in this award-winning program that focuses on the importance of local attractions, entertainment and fun. Residents assume the role of T.O.U.R. (Tourism is Our Ultimate Resource) Guides and show visitors around Tallahassee while learning more about the importance of tourism to the local economy. 

May 10
June 21
July 19
August 16

Historic Capitol Museum

HOURS: 10AM - 4:30PM
400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Restored to its 1902 appearance, with stained glass dome and candy-striped awnings, this building houses the Florida Legislative Research Center and Museum, former House and Senate Chambers, Supreme Court, Governor’s Suite and features Florida memorabilia and special exhibits. Special TOUR Guide events include scavenger hunts with a trip to the treasure chest and an art activity. 

John G. Riley Museum of African American History and Culture

419 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Built in 1890, the home of prominent resident John G, Riley sits on the fringe of Smokey Hollow, once a working-class black neighborhood whose residents included the mother of jazz greats Nat and Cannonball Adderly, as well as Wallace Amos, creator of famous Amos cookies. Riley was the principal of Lincoln Academy, the first black high school in Leon County. The museum’s exhibits include regional artwork and photographs depicting life in Tallahassee and Florida from 1865 to 1968. It also has a collection of paintings by the famed Highwaymen.

Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32310

Big Bend history comes to life at this 52-acre, lakeside attraction with pioneer dwellings and natural wildlife exhibits and habitats. It features the restored Bellevue plantation mansion with an attached kitchen, slave cabin and a one-room schoolhouse used by former slaves. It is also one of the few museums that combine a natural habitat zoo of indigenous wildlife. Recent additions include a zip line adventure course and Jim Gary’s 20th century dinosaurs.

Mission San Luis

2100 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304

A national historic landmark, it provides a look at Spanish colonial life from the 17th century. Mission San Luis de Apalachee, also known as San Luis de Talimali, was the western anchor of the mission system that extended from the Apalachicola River to St. Augustine in the 1600s. All of the structures, including a fort, church, dwellings and the largest known Indian Council House in the Southeast, have been meticulously reconstructed from excavations of the more than 60-acre site.

Lake Talquin State Forest

HOURS: Sunrise to Sunset
8125 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy, FL 32351

A 492-acre tract of Lake Talquin State Forest that offers free educational programming, the Living Forest Trail where talking trees tell their story, along with camping and hiking opportunities. Don't miss the special hike hosted by the Florida Trail Association, details are coming soon.

Museum of Florida History

500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399

The state history museum chronicles Florida through more than 40,000 artifacts and permanent exhibits which span the prehistoric mastodon and paleo-Indians to the Space Age. The “Forever Changed” exhibit documents Spanish arrival, exploration and settlement and an accompanying exhibit displays an impressive collection of Spanish gold and silver found along the state’s coast. Other exhibits tell stories of the state’s citrus industry, the influx of “Tin Can” tourists, the role during Civil War and World War II and one of the largest collections of paintings by the famed “Highwaymen.”

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

125 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Housed in a restored 1854 Antebellum home, LeMoyne is a visual arts gallery for local, regional and national exhibits. The complex encompasses half a city block, includes a sculpture garden and provides 10 fine arts exhibitions each year, year-round studio art classes and hosts special art-related cultural events. Special events include: the annual Holiday Show and Sale (open from Thanksgiving thru Christmas Eve) and the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival (a two-day fine art festival held in downtown Tallahassee in April).

Challenger Learning Center

200 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Get an up-close view of space technology at the Space Mission Simulator, space station laboratory, aerospace exhibit hall, simulated Mission Control, and a domed high-definition planetarium/laser theatre.