The 10 Best Budget-friendly Things to do in Tallahassee, Florida (FL)

December 3, 2021 Jacquiline Delozier

With its rolling hills and canopied roads of moss-draped oaks, Tallahassee defies the stereotypes most people hold about Florida. The Capital City shares a deep-rooted history and culture with ample doses of fun and authenticity. A fusion of cosmopolitan flair and Southern charm defines the city. Situated on Florida’s I-10 corridor in the Panhandle, Tallahassee is a place where college town meets history, politics meets culture and natural adventures abound.
Restaurants in Tallahassee

1. JR Alford Greenway

2500 Pedrick Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32317 +1 850-606-1470 https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/listing.a0t40000007qu1vAAA.html
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5.0 based on 25 reviews

JR Alford Greenway

Reviewed By August17 - Tallahassee, United States

Alford Greenway is 700+ acres. A lot of land. Open land, forest trails and forested areas you can tramp around in. Keep your dogs on leashes, there are bobcats and coyotes in the back half of the park. Lots of deer if you get out right after daybreak. There are bicyclists and runners. Watch out for fast moving bicyclists and vice versa. And slow hikers, day hikers. No camping is allowed. Summer time after 11:00 a.m. is a poor time to go out in the back parts of the park because of bugs, yellow flies, horse flies etc. Trust me, they will eat you alive. Winter, Spring and Fall however are excellent times to visit Alford Greenway. If you walk right down the middle to the back of the park and back to the front, that is about a 2 hour walk depending on how fast you walk. There are gorgeous old oaks in various places, especially the part of the trail along Alford Arm water body. Suggest you carry a bottle of water with you if you plan to go to the back part of the park. There aren't many places to sit on a bench in the park. Last I looked, there were 3 benches, so not much. But its' not hard to find a patch of grass to lay down on and look at the clouds. You can visit this park a half dozen times and never have to walk the same set of trails. Its' extensive. Please remember to pick up your trash and someone else's if you can.

2. Mission San Luis de Apalachee

2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304-3119 +1 850-245-6406 [email protected] http://www.missionsanluis.org
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4.5 based on 413 reviews

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, the Mission brings the 17th century to life through costumed interpreters, reconstructed buildings, museum exhibits and archaeological demonstrations. The Mission offers special events, camps and workshops throughout the year. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees: Adults, $5; Seniors, $3; Children, $2; Active duty military are free.

Reviewed By Roving404654

Great place to learn and understand Apalachee Native American history. The archaeology is well conceived and presented to lay people as well as more deeply available to trained or avid students of archaeology. The living history events are especially interesting. Place for everyone.

3. Museum of Florida History

500 S Bronough St, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6504 +1 850-245-6400 http://museumoffloridahistory.com
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4.5 based on 324 reviews

Museum of Florida History

Learn of Florida's rich history here.

Reviewed By Tgogators

These other comment are not lying! I've been here dozens of times since my grade school years (the mid-90s) and some parts of it (the walkthrough river boat, grandma's attic, souther farm life displays) are exactly the same and have been perfectly kept up. It's nice that is has a few revolving exhibits to add to the diversity of Florida history (which is rather vast). One of the few places in the state you can see authentic dinosaur bones! The tone of the self-guided museum starts in prehistoric times, to Spanish (later British) occupation, Civil War, onto the World Wards, and parts that reflect general Florida life. Definitely something of interest for the whole family!

4. Tallahassee Antique Car Museum

6800 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308-1402 +1 850-942-0137 [email protected] http://www.tacm.com/
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4.5 based on 556 reviews

Tallahassee Antique Car Museum

The mirrored walls of the Tallahassee Automobile Museum enclose more than just automobiles! This 100,000 sf. facility houses cars, trucks and memorabilia of all kinds. In addition to the antique cars, muscle cars, concept cars, and trucks -- check out the eclectic collection of Steinway pianos, Remington sculptures, Case knives, Barbie dolls, boats, boat motors, children's pedal cars, and die-cast toys. Journey through history with Native American artifacts, firearms, antique cash registers, pocket watches, salt-cellars, baby bottles, silver spoons, baseball cards, antique golf balls and clubs, 100-year-old brass-bladed fans, art objects from Thailand, neon signs, stained glass, a horse from a carousel, a children's barber chair shaped like an airplane and much, much more. Part shrine, part history lesson, part pack-rat's paradise, part garage and part art gallery -- except, in this case, the art has four spotless wheels and can go from 0 to 60 faster than a Cezanne can. It's truly an amazing museum of American history.

Reviewed By paulhO8235RZ

As the person who researched the Tallahassee KKK Lucky 13 from an auction lot at Affiliated Auctions in 2009, DeVoe Moore won the lot of original KKK documents from 1949 - 1955, with names, secret numbers, minutes of the meetings, and more. I am so pleased he did. Every so often I post the information on Facebook. The most revealing item is the elected Sheriff Raymond R. Hamlin, Jr. as well as his father, were members of the Klan for at least one year. This was before he was initially elected Sheriff of Leon County in 1968. 1968 was a tumultuous year and the years surrounding 1968. The Automobile Museum is excellent. Many early automobiles, two of the original Batmobiles, classic cars from 1950's, onward and so many other things he has collected. Two days is recommended.

5. St. Marks Lighthouse

1255 Lighthouse Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32355 +1 850-925-6121 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/St_Marks
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

St. Marks Lighthouse

This 80-foot tower features a giant reflector lens and is the perfect spot for weddings.

Reviewed By DebMey11 - Clayton, United States

Even on a weather driven day it was beautiful to visit this historic lighthouse! It is set in a beautiful refuse filled with alligators and incredible birds. Walking trails are all around as well. And, you can put your toes in the Gulf.

6. Saint Marks Trail

Tallahassee, FL +1 850-922-6007 http://www.floridastateparks.org/trail/Tallahassee-St-Marks
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Saint Marks Trail

Paved road once used for transporting timber, now used by bikers who want to break a sweat.

Reviewed By Pedigo_of_Tallahasse - Tallahassee, United States

It was a gorgeous day in the panhandle departing Tallahassee the child quickly lifted and I found myself halfway to Saint Marks. With an ear full of the Brothers Osborne, I found myself peacefully surrounded by what was old Florida! And while little his changed is definitely worth your time to take in the beauty and peacefulness that is North Florida Apalachicola natural forest and it’s Saint Marks Trail.

7. Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

Tallahassee, FL http://www.traillink.com/trail/tallahassee---st-marks-historic-railroad-state-trail.aspx
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

Trail following Florida's oldest railroad line.

Reviewed By amyeleach18 - St. Augustine, United States

Having traveled hundreds, maybe thousands of miles, on Rails to Trails bike paths around the US, we have to say this is one of, if not THE, Best bike trail we have experienced. The scenery is spectacular, with magnificent live oak trees shading the trail and small farms along the way. The condition of the trail is excellent, straight, very well maintained, no debris, no bumps from tree roots. There is the added bonus of several concrete building rest rooms with benches. AND...get this...at each street crossing in which we encountered a vehicle, every single driver (total of 10) stopped to allow us to pass, waving us on. We have never encountered so many polite vehicle drivers while cycling. At the end of the trail there is a scenic park with picnic tables along the banks of the Wakulla River. There are informational signs along the way to tell you about the history of the trail and area. What a fantastic experience. We are already planning a return trip.

8. Lake Overstreet Trail

Tallahassee, FL
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Lake Overstreet Trail

Tallahassee's best running option.

9. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355 +1 850-925-6121 [email protected] http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks
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4.5 based on 673 reviews

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

The trail-runner's dream.

Reviewed By winc984 - Rockledge, United States

Great NWR. The visitor center is well constructed and attractive, the bathrooms are modern and clean, the items for sale were relevant and plentiful, and the volunteer staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The road to the lighthouse is well kept, as is the lighthouse.

10. Apalachicola National Forest

Tallahassee, FL +1 850-643-2282 http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida/recreation/index_apa.shtml
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Apalachicola National Forest

Gorgeous forest full of trails.

Reviewed By AlexF939 - The Villages, United States

We visited multiple hiking trails in one day; GF&A Trail and the Silver Lake Habitat Trail. Both winds through the forest. This forest is the largest one in Florida, with lots of rivers, lakes, natural springs, streams and ecosystems. This place will take you days to visit it all.

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