Just because you didn’t go to Florida State University or you don’t work in government doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the state’s capital. There’s more to this town than Seminoles and politicians.
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Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit FSU or FAMU, two lovely campuses, even if you graduated from the rival school to the southeast. Like UF, both FSU and FAMU boast beautiful brick buildings, some of which date back to the early 20th century.
First things first…
Take your photo in front of FSU’s main entrance at the Westcott Building, located at 600 West Collins Avenue.
This is a choice spot for graduating seniors to take photos in front of Westcott’s fountain and is one of the iconic buildings on campus.
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Word to the wise, if you’re not interested in going to a football game, be aware that between September and December, you should know the home game schedule. Tallahassee on gameday gets crowded and very expensive.
Shall we eat?
This is a college town, so you may as well do as the Romans do and get a slice.
Two spots are your go-to: Decent Pizza and Momo’s Pizza.
The joke’s always been that Decent is more than decent. The pizza slices are thin-crust and massive. The parlor also gives diners dozens of toppings choices, so you can go absolutely nuts with your slice.
The same goes for Momo’s, whose tagline is “slices as big as your head.” It’s true. The slices are gargantuan.
Both spots offer lengthy beer lists, too.
A nice stroll will do
Enjoy a nice park and a bit of history? Yes, please! Opened in 2014, Cascades Park features nice walking trails and a play area for kids. It also celebrates the spot where Tallahassee was dedicated as the state’s capital and depicts Florida’s prime meridian marker.
Want to know how Tallahassee became Florida’s capital? Read Eliot Kleinberg’s column here.
Little ones can also splash around in an “interactive fountain” that lights up at night.
Rounding out this 24-acre gem in the heart of Tallahassee is the Capital City Amphitheater.
Lake Ella, in north Tallahassee, has a picturesque path just shy of a mile where you can take a leisurely stroll.
Small shops, once used as cabins, dot the 6.5-acre park. If you have a hankering for some coffee or a snack, Black Dog Cafe will satiate that craving.
Bonus: Every spring, you’ll see yellow ducklings following their mama ducks, too.
Sure, you could go to Starbucks in Tallahassee. Fifteen of them are sprinkled around the capital city. But why do that when you can get a cup of joe at All Saints Cafe, a locally owned shop that has character and great coffee? They describe themselves as “A community coffee shop & roastery full of weirdos betwixt FSU & FAMU” on their Facebook page.
The mocha is legit delicious.
All Saints Cafe is located at 903 Railroad Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to midnight daily.
Odds, ends and other stuff
A few other to-dos you might consider: A tour of the state Capitol and the Tallahassee Natural History Museum.
The Capitol is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find more information here: https://www.floridacapitol.myflorida.com/visitors/visiting_the_capitol.
The museum of natural history includes animal exhibits (bears, wolves, and more!), a ropes course, nature trails and historic buildings. The museum is located at 3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310.
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