The new Capitol Building in Tallahassee
Downtown Tallahassee is anchored by Florida’s Capitol Complex. The Complex is comprised of the Historic Capitol, the current State Capitol tower, a courtyard garden and various attractions, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Florida’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Within walking distance is the Florida Supreme Court, Leon County Courthouse and Tallahassee City Hall. The Old Town Trolley takes visitors around the historic downtown sites on weekdays for free.
The area is an interesting mix of modern architecture and historic buildings with brick streets. Downtown is alive with politicians, media, students and professors and professionals. It is home to many restaurants, hotels, museums, churches and attractions. Just a few minutes away are the beautiful campuses of FSU and FAMU, canopied roads, biking and hiking trails, architecture and natural beauty.
And don’t forget the Friday night Downtown Get Downs during FSU Seminole football home games and the 7 Days of Opening Nights Arts Fest.
Trinity United Church in Downtown Tallahassee
Tallahassee Downtown Government Buildings
The downtown area of Tallahassee is a mix of old and new government buildings with a rich history dating back to 1845.
Florida State Capitol
The Florida State Capitol is a 22 story tower with house and senate chambers on either side. Go up to the observation deck and art gallery on the top floor for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida State Capitol is located at 401 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-488-6167.
The Historic Capitol
This building dates to 1845 when it first opened. After the new Florida State Capitol opened in 1978, citizens united to restore this historic building to its 1902 appearance complete with red and white striped awnings. Visitors can now tour the building and see the former house and senate chambers, governor’s suite, the Florida Supreme Court and the rotunda with its art glass dome. It is located at 400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-487-1902, Florida Historic Capitol Building Website
Florida Supreme Court
Built in 1948, this Greek revival and Jeffersonian style building is the current home of the Florida Supreme Court. It is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. It is located at 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Florida Supreme Court Website
Florida Governor’s Mansion
This Georgian style mansion was modeled after Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage home. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Tours are offered during the spring and December. The mansion is located at 700 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32303, Phone: 850-488-4661, Florida Governor’s Mansion Website
Andrews Capital Grill in Downtown Tallahassee
Looking down College Ave towards FSU (in background) at night
Tallahassee Downtown Buildings and Events
There are many sights to see in downtown Tallahassee. Many concerts and events take place in the downtown area as well.
Florida Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
This monument features a 40 foot American flag suspended between twin granite towers displaying the names of Florida’s Vietnam casualties and soldiers missing in action. It is located across from the Historic Capitol.
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church on Adams Street was built in 1838 and is the oldest public building in Tallahassee. This Greek revival building with a beautiful clock tower is the last standing church from Florida’s territorial days. It is located at 110 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-222-4504, Tallahassee’s First Presbyterian Church Website
First Baptist Church
Another beautiful church is the First Baptist Church which is next to the First Presbyterian Church and across the street from the DoubleTree Hotel Tallahassee. This church was built in 1915 again with Greek revival elements. It is located at 108 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-222-5470, Tallahassee’s First Baptist Church Website
Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science
This museum is located at Kleman Plaza on South Duval Street. With 3 floors of exhibits, there is plenty to do here. The museum’s permanent collection is housed on the 2nd floor and includes interactive exhibits such as the Eco-Lab with living sea specimens and the WCTV Weather Station. Traveling science exhibits, such as the recent Our Body: The Universe Within, are displayed on the first floor and traveling art exhibits are displayed on the third floor. It is located at 350 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-513-0700, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science Website
Museum of Florida History
This museum details Florida history with permanent and revolving exhibits. The museum is located in the R.A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-245-6400, Museum of Florida History Website
Challenger Learning Center and IMAX Theatre
An outreach facility for FAMU, the Challenger Learning Center features a Space Mission Simulator, 20 foot Dome Planetarium and IMAX theatre. It is located at 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, Phone: 850-645-7827, Challenger Learning Center and IMAX Theatre Website
Every Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm (March – mid December), Ponce de Leon Park at Park Avenue and Monroe Street comes alive with live music and vendors selling fresh produce, arts/crafts and food. Downtown Market Place Website
DoubleTree Hotel Tallahassee
Located just two blocks from the State Capitol and an easy walk to FSU, this hotel is popular with politicians, media, and Seminole fans. Most rooms overlook the Capitol or a city park. Across the street is the First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church. During football season, this is a popular spot for Seminoles fans. Jacob’s on Bar is a popular gathering spot in the hotel. Full service dining is available at Jacob’s on the Plaza in the hotel.
DoubleTree Hotel Tallahassee is located at 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Phone: 850-224-5000.
Downtown Get Downs
Of Downtown’s many annual events, two that are noteworthy are the Downtown Get Downs and 7 Days of Opening Nights.
Whenever there is a Seminole home game in the fall, Downtown Tallahassee turns into a gigantic street party on Friday nights with the Downtown Get Down. Seminole fans of all ages come out in full force, and colors, to enjoy live music, food, crafts and camaraderie. Due to its popularity, Downtown is expanding its Downtown Get Downs to spring and summer as a way to highlight other local traditions such as Mardi Gras, Springtime and 4th of July.
7 Days of Opening Nights
Seven Days of Opening Nights is one of Tallahassee’s signature cultural events. Sponsored by FSU, the festival has grown since its original seven days in 1999 and now runs over two weeks in mid February. The festival strives to bring an eclectic mix of fine and performing arts from a diverse group of nationally and internationally renowned artists. Prior invitees have included author James Bradley, South African singer-dancers Ladysmith Black Mambazo, jazz quartet Manhattan Transfer and cellist Lynn Harrell. 7 Days of Opening Nights Website
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