Ever wondered when Tallahassee was established? What about how many colleges are actually located in Tallahassee? Or are you looking for some fun and interesting things to do in town? Well, I thought it would be fun to do a little introduction to Tallahassee in this post.

The title above is a shout out to my friends who lived in on the fourth floor Southgate in 2003! We always said we were going to make t-shirts that said “Tour de Tally” and then create our own tour of Tallahassee, but it never really happened. Here’s my own Tour de Tally.

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Tallahassee was established and became the capital of Florida in 1824. Tallahassee is located in north Florida. In reality, Tallahassee and the rest of the panhandle resemble the culture, weather, terrain, etc. of Georgia and the deep south, more so than they do the rest of Florida.

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The culture of Tallahassee is best described as the rural south, which is obsured by all the politicans and college students.

Speaking of the government, Florida’s capitol building bears a striking resemblance to a phallus.

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Another embarassing fact about Florida? Our current governor happens to have a side job as the stunt double for Voldemort.

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As for the college students, Tallahassee is home to three major higher education institutions and has satelite campuses for other schools, such as Saint Leo University, Thomas University, Keiser University, Barry University, and Flagler College.

Florida State University

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Florida A&M

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Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee County Community College Seal

College students, phallic symbols, and Rick Scott aside, there’s actually a lot of beautiful aspects of Tallahassee. Since Tallahassee is really in south Georgia, it experiences a change of seasons and some cold, but not bitter, temperatures.

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There are also lots of beautiful parks, like Lake Ella…

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and the Maclay Botanical Gardens.

Brick path leading through gardens to Maclay House
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So, what are some of Tallahassee’s claims to fame?

Did you know that Tallahassee was referenced on Lost multiple times?

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Or that “On a Boat” rapper T-Pain’s “T” stands for Tallahassee?

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What about the one band that Tallahassee wishes they could disown? Well, that would probably be Creed.

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Enough of the silliness, what about places to eat, things to do, and art to see in Tallahassee?

When it comes to food, some my local favorites include:

1 Fresh Stir Fry

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Momo’s Pizza

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Gordo’s Cuban Food

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Hopkin’s Eatery

Red Elephant Pizza and Grill

Three Guys Pizza from New York

Tallahassee actually has a lot of things to do and keep people busy, you just need to know where to look:

There are lots of theatre companies.

Check out Railroad Square on First Friday (or any other time).

Take a history lesson at Mission San Luis.

Or buy some fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers at the Downtown Market.

The Antique Car Museum also has loads more odds and ends to browse besides old cars.

If you’re looking for a glimpse of nature and science, visit the Museum of History and Natural Science.

Finally, if you want to take a short drive, check out Wakulla Springs.

When it comes to active healthy lifestyles, Tallahassee has a lot to offer:

Capital City Runners is the local running store and they do weekly runs from their store.

Gulf Winds Track Club keeps a list of all the local races and they have running clinics and training groups.

Running wise, there’s a spring time marathon and Spring Time Tallahassee 1 mile, 5k, and 10k.

New Leaf Market is a co-op health food store with a hot bar, juice bar, large selection of health and beauty products, and of course food.


Now that’d I’ve shared some of my favorite parts of Tallahassee, I want to know what I’m missing!

I’m hoping to explore as many new parts of Tallahassee as I can, so what should I check out? If you’re not from Tallahassee, what is the one thing you make sure to show out-of-town visitors when they come visit you?

2 Comments on Tour de Tally – A Guide to Tallahassee

  1. I love this post. I <3 Tally! You missed 2 of my Tally faves: wine & cheese sandwich @ Bagel Bagel and the fried pickles @ Po'Boys! In a heartbeat would make a trip back to Tally for a day of FSU football and beer & fried pickles @ Po'Boys!

    • I have a confession to make… I’ve never been to Po’Boys! I’ll have to remedy that ASAP. I also was never sold on Bagel Bagel (I worked at the competition — Bagelheads, for a while) because the times I’ve eaten there, the food wasn’t very memorable. I’ll give ’em another shot and try the wine and cheese sandwich.

      If you ever come back to Tallahassee, I’d love to meet up sometime!

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