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Lush, rolling hills dotted with historic plantation homes, delicate and fragrant magnolias with cream-colored petals, huge live oak trees with twisted limbs dripping in moss … at first, you may think you are in Savannah or Baton Rouge or maybe even Charleston. If you’ve never been to Tallahassee, you might be surprised when you arrive – this may not be the “Florida” you expected. Instead of sandy white beaches and tourists, you’ll discover a metropolitan capital city with a decidedly Southern flair. Located close to the Georgia border in the Florida panhandle, Tallahassee is Florida with a Georgia accent.
As home to Florida State University (FSU) and their top-ranking Seminoles, as well as Florida A&M University, Tallahassee has a large student population. As the state capital, it is also home to government, lobbying organizations, and law firms. If you’re ready to find your place in this Southern city with a twist, here’s everything you need to know about renting apartments in Tallahassee!
Things to Do in Tallahassee:
The city of Tallahassee was founded in 1821 and has several historic sites to explore. First, tour the Museum of Florida History, which contains fascinating artifacts covering Florida’s history and prehistory. The museum houses several permanent exhibits as well as many traveling exhibits.
Be sure to tour the John G. Riley House, a fascinating house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1890 by John G. Riley. Riley was born into slavery in 1857 and in 1954, he died a millionaire. The museum highlights the history of the African-American presence before, during, and after the Civil War, especially in Florida, where these soldiers played a crucial role in Florida’s Reconstruction.
Mission San Luis is a 60-acre Spanish mission fort that was built in 1633. It is a National Historic Landmark that has live demonstrations, including canon and musket firing, and crafts for kids. This park highlights the lives of the Spanish settlers in the 17th century and the lives of Apalachee Indians. The park includes the fort as well as Spanish dwellings and a reconstructed Apalachee Council House.
The Tallahassee Museum of History is a living museum that features 52 acres of wildlife and nature. It includes an elevated boardwalk, a wooden caboose train dating back to the 1920s, an 1890s schoolhouse, and an 1880s farm complete with a garden and live blacksmith demonstrations. Tree to Tree Adventures offers 19 zip lines and seven obstacles so you can see nature as you zip along tree tops over swamps.
Belleview is a historic plantation home where Princess Catherine Murat lived from 1854 until 1867. Catherine was the great-grandniece of President George Washington. She married the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Prince Achille Murat, who fled France after Napoleon’s exile and ended up in Florida, where he met Catherine. The plantation home was built sometime around 1831 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To appreciate Florida’s natural side, be sure to explore Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, which features gorgeous gardens dating to 1923. There’s a reflecting pool, a secret garden, and a brick walkway to explore. The park also offers swimming, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The park offers five miles of mixed-use trails and an additional five miles of designated bike trails.
Tom Brown Park is another great outdoor location, covering 255 acres. The park features ball fields, tennis courts, a BMX track, a disc golf course, the Magnolia Trail (a 3.1-mile biking trail), nature trails, Lake Leon, a dog park, and picnic areas.
Just north of downtown, Lake Ella is a 12-acre lake with three fountains. It is bordered by Fred Drake Park, which provides a paved walking trail around the lake. If you choose an apartment in Downtown Tallahassee, you’ll enjoy walking, skateboarding, or roller-blading on the lakeside trail.
Of course, the Apalachicola National Forest will be your favorite outdoor destination after choosing your Tallahassee apartment. This is the largest National Forest in Florida, encompassing 632,890 acres. The park offers horseback riding, off-road biking, ATV riding, swimming, boating, hiking, and fishing. It also includes unique sites, such as Fort Gadsden Historical Site and the Leon Sinks Geological Area.
Fort Gadsden, a National Historic Landmark, was used during the War of 1812, during the Seminole Wars, and (after being rebuilt in 1818) during the Civil War. Leon Sinks Geological Area is one of the world’s most extensive underwater cave systems. It connects to Wakulla Springs and has several sinkholes, both wet and dry. The area features three hiking trails to different sinkholes and to an observation platform at Big Dismal Sink.
One of the most scenic drives you’ll ever take will be on any of Tallahassee’s beautiful Canopy Roads. These nine drives are gorgeous – shady, sun-dappled roadways lined with live oaks, hickory trees, and sweet gum trees dripping in moss, the branches mingling overhead to form a sculpted canopy. The trees date back to the 1800s and are protected by law.
Tallahassee offers amazing nightlife, as well. The city is filled with a variety of pubs, taverns, nightclubs, restaurants, comedy clubs, and theaters. Being home to a large number of college students, Tallahassee is also a great place to find cafes, bookstores, funky boutiques, and farmers markets. Be sure to travel to area farms, such as Sweet Grass Dairy (famous for its award-winning cheeses) and Bradley’s Country Store, a historic country store that has been serving up smoked country sausage and stone ground grits since 1927.
Of course, this is the home of the ‘Noles – and you’ll want to cheer them on! The Florida State Seminoles play football at Doak Campbell Stadium. The basketball team calls the Donald L. Tucker Center home, the baseball team plays at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, and the soccer team calls the Seminole Soccer Complex home. The Doak Campbell Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the NCAA and the largest in the ACC. The field is named for Bobby Bowden, the legendary football coach.
What to Consider When Moving to Tallahassee:
You may think that being in the Florida panhandle you’ll escape some of Florida’s legendary heat and humidity – not so. In fact, summers are typically hotter in the panhandle than the peninsula, and Tallahassee is one of the few Florida cities that have reached record temperatures (above 100 degrees). The summer average is around 82 degrees. On the flip side, you won’t get the super-mild winter temperatures that the peninsula experiences, either. Tallahassee is quite a bit cooler than peninsula cities during the winter, but snow and ice are still extremely rare.
Tallahassee has some fantastic neighborhoods. When looking for apartments in Tallahassee, be sure to explore these different areas. Frenchtown is a historic neighborhood dating back to 1825, when French settlers moved to the area. Ray Charles called Frenchtown home from 1940-1945.
Los Robles Gate is a historic subdivision dating to the 1920s. It is defined by the actual Los Robles Gate, a stucco-and-brick archway that was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Why Tallahassee Apartments Are Hot:
It isn’t just the famous Florida sunshine that makes Tallahassee apartments hot! As the capital of Florida and the home of Florida State University, Tallahassee’s economy is one of the strongest in the state. Add in beautiful parks, terrific shops and restaurants, fantastic college sports events, and fantastic festivals, and Tallahassee is an exciting place to rent an apartment. Be sure to pack your sunscreen and flip-flops!
- Tallahassee is home to Florida State University (FSU) and their top-ranking football team, the Seminoles.
- Other colleges and universities include Florida A&M University, Barry University, and Tallahassee Community College.
- Amazing natural beauty is everywhere in Tallahassee, especially along the famous canopy roads, 78 miles of moss-adorned live oaks.
- Tallahassee has a wide variety of outdoor and farmer’s markets, including Market Square and Downtown Market Days.
- Great weather year-round allows residents to fish, camp, hike, and swim at the many parks and lakes dotting the area.
- Historic sites, including the Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Beadel House at Tall Timbers, and Calhoun Street Historic District.
- Fine arts in Tallahassee includes the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
- Downtown Tallahassee
- Franklin/Call Street
- All Saints
- South Bronough Street
- Magnolia Heights
- Myers Park
- Villa Mitchell
- Woodland Drives
- Lafayette Park
- Hillcrest Court
- Florida State University
- Florida A&M University
- Tallahassee Community College
- Keiser College Tallahasse