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Two Days in Tallahassee

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You have 48 hours in Tallahassee. That’s it. Don’t worry! It is possible to see this buzzing city if you follow our comprehensive Tallahassee travel itinerary. Two days are enough to explore the city and create fond memories. With this 48-hour itinerary, you won’t miss out on anything, be it- food, shopping, museums, historic sites, culture, art or architecture. 

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Day 1 in Tallahassee

9:00am- A refreshing morning stroll through nature at Alfred Mac Lay Gardens State Park!

Kick start your day with a fresh and airy stroll along the scenic brick walkways at the Alfred Mac Lay Gardens State Park. The park includes ornamental gardens and water recreation activities like kayaking, fishing, swimming and boating. Plus, there’s a biking and hiking trail, horse trail, a recreation pool, nature trails, picnic areas and several gardens.  Spot the native wildlife, go jogging, hiking or biking on the nature trails overlooking the lake, and enjoy bird-watching. Sometimes all you need is nature, and this is the spot to feel it! 

Address: 3540 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309, United States
Phone: 1 850-487-4556
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

10:00am- Partake of Classic Breakfast at Village Inn!

After a refreshing start to the day, time to fuel up on the home-style American classics like pot pie, pancakes, chicken-fried steak,  sandwiches, egg dishes and pie.  

Address: 3392 Lonnbladh Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308, United States
Phone: 1 850-297-0053
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 6:00am-11:00pm; Friday: 6:00am-12:00am; Saturday: 6:00am-1:00am; Sunday: 6:00am-11:00pm
Distance from Alfred Mac Lay Gardens: 2.3miles or 6minutes drive


11:00am- Venture into Goodwood Museum & Gardens!

Visit the Goodwood Museum & Gardens, a stunning antebellum plantation house dating back to the 1830s. The house includes original furniture, art, porcelain, glass, textile and other artifacts of the family who lived here. The museum showcases how life was during the WWI. With century-old oaks, beautiful gardens and lawns with an array of flowers and plants, this place is truly a delight for nature lovers.

Address: 1600 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308, United States
Phone: 1 850-877-4202
Distance from Village Inn: 4.2miles or 8minutes drive via Capital Cir NW


12:00pm-A Trip Back in Time!

Next, head off to Museum of Florida History that features the unique and rich heritage of Florida. It focuses on the history, growth and development of Florida from pre-historic times to the twentieth century, and the movers and shakers that shaped the Sunshine State. Highlights include Civil War exhibits, Florida from 1531 to 1821 exhibit; naval ships named Florida model collection, World War II artifacts, and several thousands of artifacts.

Address: 500 S Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, United States
Phone: 1 850-245-6400
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm; Saturday: 10:00am- 4:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Distance from Goodwood Museum & Gardens: 2.4miles or 7minutes drive via Miccosukee Road

1:00pm- Lunch!

Head off to Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille (301 South Bronough Street) for seafood, American, Cajun & Creole.  Try the Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine at Little Athens Gyro (666 W Tennessee St), or Pitaria (625 West Tennessee Street). For Italian fix, make your way over to Isabella's Pizzeria Napoletana (799 W Gaines St Unit 101).

2:00pm- Mosey around Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts!

Interested in modern visual arts, then make your way over to The Museum of Fine Arts which features a wide collection of contemporary art by the up-and-coming student artists.  

Address:  530 West Call Street, 250 Fine Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1140, United States
Phone: 644-6836
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm; Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Museum of Florida History: 1.2miles or 5minutes drive

3:00pm- Pop in Knott House Museum!

Some more history! Visit the Knott House Museum, a restored 1928 grandeur. This stately house is one of the oldest buildings in Tallahassee. It contains 160 yr old wall notes of verses and rhymes written by William V Knott, poet wife- Luella Pugh Knott. She wrote about Victorian furnishings, the mansion, political, social and economic events of that period.  As you enter this 160 year old historic house, you feel time stand still!

Address: 301 E Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301, United States
Phone: 1 850-922-2459
Distance from Museum of Fine Arts: 0.8miles or 4minutes drive via W Call Street


4:00pm- Tour the Florida State Capitol!

Take a tour of the Florida State Capitol that features Florida’s governmental and political history from the 1900s to the present through political artifacts, photos and interactive exhibits. Furthermore, there are recordings, audiovisual displays and interactive multimedia.  Check out the Governor’s Suite, Senate, Supreme Court and House Chambers. Walk the stunning staircase and head over to 22nd observatory floor, where you can see Tallahassee laid-out before you. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

Address: 400 S Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, United States
Phone: 1 786-218-3449
Distance from Knott House Museum: 1.3miles or 5minutes drive via E Gaines Street


5:00pm-Go Shopping!

Time for retail fix! Head to the Governor’s Square Mall which houses name brands. From Dollar Mania to Victoria’s Secret to Charlotte Russe, Governor's Square Mall offers a wide variety of stores for all needs, style and tastes. Anchor stores include JCPenney and Macy’s. There are several other stores like Aeropostale, White House|Black Market, Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited Too and many more. 

Address: 1500 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301, United States
Phone: 1 850-877-8106
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Florida State Capitol: 2.2miles or 6minutes drive

For some farm fresh goodies shopping, make your way over to the Tallahassee Downtown Market. It is an open-air market with farm fresh goodies, music, entertainment, art and crafts, and plenty of other fun stuff for all ages and interests. Shop like a local! 

Address: 115 E Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301, United States
Distance from Governor’s Square Mall: 1.9miles or 8minutes drive


7:00pm- Dinner!

Craving for Italian food, step into Buca di Beppo – Tallahassee (1500 Governors Square Blvd). For Mexican cuisine, swing by Chipotle Mexican Grill (1498 Apalachee Pkwy #16). Head to Chick-fil-A (1500 Apalachee Pkwy Ste 1040), a fast food restaurant. Try the Japanese dishes at Sarku Japan (1500 Apalachee Pkwy).


9:00pm-Clubbing, drinks, dance and music!

Cap off your fun day with night on the town!

Step into the Pool Paul’s Pourhouse, one of the local’s favorite nightspot with drink specials every night, jukebox, bar games and much more. Tuesday is Ladies Night and Thursday is Trivia night. Test your brain while indulging in a drink or two. It is perfect place to for mingling and schmoozing with locals, while taking shots. 

Address: 618 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States
Phone: 1 850-222-2978
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 3:00pm-2:00am

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If looking for high-energy nightspot, head off to Mint Lounge. With two flat-screen television, DJ booth, projection screen, drinks, live music, eclectic crowd and lounge seating, it is a perfect place to cap off our day 1 in Tallahassee. 

Address: 215 W College Avenue #102, Tallahassee, FL 32301, United States
Phone: 1 850-577-0222
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 6:00pm-2:00am; Friday: 5:00pm-2:00am; Saturday: 6:00pm-2:00am; Sunday: 8:00pm-2:00am


Day 2 in Tallahassee

9:00am- Eating out at Canopy Road Cafe!

A good day starts with a scrumptious breakfast! Start you day at Canopy Road Cafe that serves up yummilicious breakfast and coffee.  Savour traditional breakfast like omelet, sweet potato pancake, French toast, biscuits and gravy. Pair it with a cup of tasty coffee. 

Address: 1913 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303, United States
Phone: 1 850-668-6600
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:30am-2:30pm

10:00am-A Relaxing Stroll at Lake Ella Park!

After a scrumptious breakfast, go for a walk at the Lake Ella and Fred Drake Park. It has paved walking trails, three fountains, events and picnic shelters. Spot wildlife, such as turtles, ducks, pigeons and geese at the lake. Indulge in outdoor recreation activities like skateboarding, walking or roller-skating. 

Address: S Lake Ella Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303, United States
Phone: 1 850-891-6860
Distance from Canopy Road Cafe: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive via N Monroe Street

11:00am-A Conducted Tour of Florida Governor’s Mansion!

Next, tour the Florida Governor’s Mansion with classy and elegant decor and an impressive collection of antiques from the 18th and 19th century. Peek into the seat of the Florida’s policy-makers at the Governor’s Mansion, “the People’s House”. 

Address: 700 N Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303, United States
Phone: 1 850-488-4661
Distance from Lake Ella Park: 1.1miles or 3minutes drive


12:00pm- Catch a football game at Doak Campbell Stadium!

Calling football lovers! Doak Campbell Stadium has a great seating capacity and an array of amenities, making it a perfect place to catch the big game.  The stadium is home to Seminoles- FSU football team. The noise levels are high and you will surely be caught up in the excitement and zest of cheering the team.

Address: 1 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States
Distance from Florida Governor’s Mansion: 2.4miles or 8miles

2:00pm- Lunch!

For Italian fare, head off to Mellow Mushroom (1641 West Pensacola Street) or Moda Italian Restaurant & Lounge (815 W. Madison Street, Suite B120). For American cuisine, swing by Madison Social (705 South Woodward Suite 101) or Brooklyn Water Bagels (815 W Madison St. Unit 106). Go to 101 Cantina (705 S Woodward Ave) that puts out Mexican food. For Cajun & Creole fix, drop by Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille (301 South Bronough Street).

3:00pm- Go back in time in 18th century!

Head off to Mission San Luis de Apalachee which takes you back in time. This place features the history of Spanish settlers and Apalachee Indians. Savor the aroma of traditional foods, play a traditional ball game and hear the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer. Go on a nature walk, see the artifacts dug out from the site and check out the historic period buildings of southeast.  Get a glimpse of what life was in the 1700s. Actors are dressed in period garbs demonstrating the stories of Apalachee and Spanish residents who lived on the site from 1656 to 1704. 

Address: 2100 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States
Phone: 1 850-245-6406
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

4:00pm- A dose of Florida’s natural and cultural history!

Venture into Tallahassee Museum that features Floridian fauna and flora exhibits. Exhibits include Big Bend Farm which demonstrates the rural life 1800s northern Florida; Natural habitat section which includes numerous native species like Florida panther, bears, deer, bobcats, red wolves and more; Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventure section which takes you on an exciting ride over the treetops and swamps; Southern cotton plantation section. Dinosaur exhibit made from cast-off auto parts.  The museum is a blend of history, culture, nature and wildlife!

Address: 3945 Museum Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32310, United States
Phone: 1 850-575-8684
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Mission San Luis de Apalachee: 4.1miles or 10minutes drive


5:00pm- Kids edutainment at Challenge Learning Center!

Next, head off to Challenge Learning Center which features a Space Mission Simulator, a planetarium, an IMAX 3D theatre and Digital Dome Theatre. It also includes several hands-on exhibits for kids. It offers kids an opportunity to be involved in a NASA space mission via Space Mission Simulator onsite. Explore the galaxy and see the stars at the Downtown Digital Dome Theatre, or catch a movie at the IMAX 3D Theatre.

Address: 200 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301, United States
Phone: 1 850-645-7827

6:00pm-Time for Retail Therapy!

Head off to Midtown which features clothing stores, boutiques, jewelry stores, home decor shops, spas and several restaurants.  Find high-end beauty items at Kanvas Beauty Essentials shop; and latest fashion at Divas and Devils or Cole Couture. 

Address: Between North Moore Street and Thomasville Rd., between W. 7th Avenue and W. 4th Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida, 32303, United States
Distance from Challenge Learning Center: 1.7miles or5 minutes drive

Head off to Market District Shopping Center where you can get everything you need and whatever you budget permits. You’ll find men and women clothing, health & fitness, jewelry, home goods & furnishings, gifts, decor, cafes, banking, and salon at this shopping center. 


7:00pm- Entertainment, entertainment and entertainment!

A visit to Tallahassee can’t be done without checking out the live show/performing arts theatre. Pre-buy the tickets!

Visit the Tallahassee Little Theatre that showcases live entertainment and theatre arts. It features plays, Broadway-style productions and independent shows.  The show here is utterly incredible and fantastic! 

Address: 1861 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303, United States
Phone: 1 850-224-8474
Distance from Midtown: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive 

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Head off to the Young Actors Theatre where you can see an up-and-coming star in action. It offers a mix of drama and comedy, dance and music entertainment. Some of the popular shows in the performed in the past include “Anything Goes”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. 

Address: 609 Glenview Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303, United States
Phone: 1 850-386-6602
Distance from Midtown: 0.7miles or 2minutes drive

8:00pm- Dinner!

If sushi is on your mind, make you way over to Siam Sushi (1700 North Monroe Street), or go to Liberty Bar and Restaurant (1307 North Monroe Street) for tapas/small plates. Head off to Taco Republik (1122-8 Thomasville Road) that serves up Mexican fare. 

10:00pm- Night on the town!

To keep up the spirit and energy levels high, hit the Bullwinkle’s Tavern.  Dance the night away to the music spun by the DJs. Unwind with one of their fab cocktails while listening to live bands. 

Address: 620 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States
Phone: 1 850-224-0651
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00pm-2:00am; Thursday & Friday: 8:00pm-2:00am; Sunday: 9:00pm-2:00am

Step through the doors of Level 8 Lounge and enjoy the incredible sky-high views while sipping on a drink. You’ll find classic drinks, appealing decor, stunning views, tapas food menu, live music and an environment to suit your mood. Here you can sit back, relax and consider all that you have done and seen in this wonderful city.

Address: 415 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, United States
Phone: 1 850-224-6000
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm-12:00am; Wednesday: 4:00pm-2:00am; Thursday: 4:00pm-12:00am; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-2:00am

No matter how many times you visit Tallahassee, you’ll always experience something new!

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