Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. And though Florida has some of the best beaches in the world, Tallahassee holds a lot of state history within it. Tally also has some beautiful natural and historical attractions such as St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge or Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. But, to start, we’re going to unpack 5 Top Historic Sites in Tallahassee, Florida.
#1 Florida State University
Florida State University was founded in 1851 as a small public school. It later became a four-year school in 1901 and received university status and its current name in 1947.
While visiting, you can explore the school’s 485-acre campus. And since the beach is merely a 60-minute drive from the school, you can still get some beach time in if you can’t resist.
#2 Mission San Luis de Apalachee
When part of Florida belonged to Spain between 1656 and 1704, Mission San Luis de Apalachee was its western capital. Today you can experience a bit of the 17th century via costumed interpreters, reconstructed buildings, exhibits, and archaeological demonstrations.
The mission, located on W Tennessee St, features special events, workshops, and camps throughout the year so you and your family should stay busy and intrigued for your entire visit. They’re open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM and admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for children; and active-duty military personnel get in for free.
#3 St Marks Lighthouse – Tallahassee, Florida
Located on the East side of the mouth of St Marks River on Apalachee Bay, St Marks Light House is the second-oldest light station in Florida. It was built in 1831 and became automated in 1960.
The 80-foot tower features a giant reflector lens and is reportedly a great spot for weddings. It’s also located in a wildlife refuge, with trails and alligators via the surrounding wetlands.
#4 Florida State Capitol Building
You can hardly visit the state capital of Florida without paying a visit to the Florida State Capital Building. Located on Monroe St, this building is a great way to get a sense of connection to the State Government of Florida.
You can visit the 22nd floor and get a panoramic view of Tallahassee. You can also check out the 4th and 5th floors where the House and Senate meetings take place.
All-in-all, this is the perfect place to have some fun while giving the family a little educational vacation. They’re open from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday and closed on weekends.
#5 The Grove Museum of Tallahassee
It’s an antebellum plantation house located off N Monroe St. In Tallahassee. The Grove Museum offers the family a great opportunity to check out this magnificent home and its beautiful grounds.
Tours begin primarily in the basement which was the office of the house’s last owner – former Democrat governor LeRoy Cummings. Hours are Wednesday – Friday from 1–4 PM; Saturday from 10 AM–4 PM; CLOSED Sunday – Tuesday.
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