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Looking for adventure while in Tallahassee or the surrounding areas? We’ve got you covered! With a variety of outdoor parks and preserves offering scenic vistas and natural wonders, its no surprise Tallahassee is well-known for its eco-tourism. There is plenty to do and see in Tallahassee’s Capital Region!
All telephone listings are within the 850 area code unless otherwise indicated.
PARKS & RECREATION AREAS
Apalachicola National Forest
More than 500,000 acres of pristine forest, woodland, rivers and springs providing an outdoor escape. Boat and canoe. Bike, horse, and nature trails. Tent camping. Grills, shelters and tables also available, plus restrooms with showers. 10 miles S of Tallahassee, 319 S.
Falling Waters State Recreational Area
State park featuring recreational activities and spectacular waterfall. Nature trails. RV and tent camping. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms with showers. 84 miles W of Tallahassee, SR 77A.
FSU Seminole Reservation
Freshwater beach located on Lake Bradford. Canoe and kayak rentals. Dock, lifeguard, boat launch and recreation hall. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms with showers. FEE.
3226 Flastacow Rd. 644-5730 http://fsu.campusrec.com/reservation
Lake Talquin State Forest
More than 16,000 acres features abundant trails and recreational activities on Lake Talquin and Ochlockonee River. Camping, bike, horse and nature trails, boat and canoe rentals. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms with showers.
865 Geddie Road, 488-1871 www.floridastateparks.org (nearby camping 875-2605)
Miccosukee Canopy Roads Greenway
5.5 miles of multi-use trails through mixed hardwood and pine forests. Also features several large pastures perfect for picknicking and recreational activities.
3 miles east of Capital Circle NE, Miccosukee Rd. 488-0221 www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt
Ochlockonee River State Park
State park providing outdoor recreation along the shores of the pristine Ochlockonee River, just 10 miles from the Gulf. 42 miles S of Tallahassee, US 319. Camping, fitness and nature trails, boat and canoe rentals. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms.
962-2771 Fax: 962-2403 www.floridastateparks.org
St. George Island State Park
Boat Launch, Sandy Beaches, Nearby Stores/Restaurants/Accomodations 75 miles SW of Tallahassee, US 98. Camping, bike and nature trails, boat and canoe rentals. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms with showers.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Wilderness area sculpted with marsh, rivers and woodland, overlooking Apalachee Bay. 25 miles S of Tallahassee, SR 363. Horse and nature trails, boat and canoe rentals. Tables available, plus restrooms.
Three Rivers State Recreation Area
Outdoor recreation at the junction where the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint rivers flow into Lake Seminole. 45 miles W of Tallahassee, SR 271. Camping, nature trails, boat and canoe rentals. Grills, shelters and tables available, plus restrooms with showers.
Canoe or kayak a four hour scenic trip along the Cypress tree-lined, spring-fed Wakulla River abundant with native wildlife and lush native flora. Canoe Rentals: $25/Two, $30/Three Kayak Rates: $20/Single, $30/Tandem.
ACA certified instructions, kayak fishing, guided tours by certified green guides and shuttling services to other rivers.
6527 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, FL 925-6412 www.tnthideaway.com
St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail
Sixteen-mile paved trail borders Apalachicola National Forest and leads to Gulf of Mexico. Also features 7.5 miles of off-road bike trails encompassing more of the forest and several natural sink holes. Open daily from sun up to sun down.
US 319 and SR 363 922-6007
NATURE BASED/FISHING TOURS & CHARTERS
Tell the folks back home a “real” fish story! Charter services, located in nearby Panacea, including fishing inshore and back bays for trout, redfish, Spanish mackerek and more! Plus scalloping (seasonal), bowfishing and near-shore meat trips. USCG approved, no license required; bait and tackle provided. Call Cap’n Vic Davis
121 Spokan Trail, Crawfodville, FL 926-1730 879-0216 www.barefootcharters.org
The Wilderness Way
Explore the Florida Panhandle’s lazy rivers, hardwood forests, cypress swamps, bay and inland wetlands and tidal creeks. Trips offer fantastic wildlife viewing of manatee, eagles and gators. Canoe, kayak, hike, bike and bird-watch in the Real Florida’s best kept secret. Custom and pre-scheduled day/week/weekend packaged adventures.
Cross Creek Driving Range & Par 3 Golf
6701 Mahan Drive
Hilaman Park Municipal Golf Course
2737 Blair Stone Road
Jake Gaither Golf Course
801 Tanner Drive
Seminole Golf Course
2550 Pottsdamer Street
Southwood Golf Club
3750 Grove Park Drive
The Golf Club at Summerbrooke
7505 Preservation Road
Wildwood Country Club
3870 Coastal Highway
Nineteen (13 clay/six hard) lighted courts, three indoor racquetball courts, one indoor squash court, two weight rooms, locker rooms, spa, pool, restrooms, picnic shelters and playground. Mon-Fri 8 am-10 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-7 pm.
4750 N. Meridian Rd. 891-3920 www.talgov.com/residents/recleis.cfm
Tom Brown Park
12 lighted courts, 12 outdoor racquetball courts, restrooms. Reservations available during supervised hours: Mon-Fri 5:30-10 pm, Sat-Sun 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Walk-in play during unsupervised hours.
501 Easterwood Dr. 891-3966 www.talgov.com/parks/tombrownpk.cfm
Six lighted courts, two outdoor racquetball courts, restrooms. Reservations available during supervised hours: Mon-Fri 5:30-10 pm, Sat-Sun 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Walk-in play during unsupervised hours.
1601 Mitchell Ave. 891-3980 www.talgov.com/residents/recleis.cfm
J.K. Arabian Stables
Natural trails in the Apalachicola National Forest. Naturally wooded, shaded, scenic trails with lakes and hills. Open daily by reservation and appointment. Available for birthday parties, hayrides and corporate functions. Boarding, English-style jumping arena and Western-style riding lessons available.
3280 Creek Stable Rd. 575-3000 www.jkarabianstables.com
Resort 25 acres of pristine marshes and woodlands feature horse boarding/corral, boating/canoeing, fresh/saltwater fishing, hunting, scalloping and resort accommodations.
Steinhatchee, FL (800) 584-1709 or (352) 498-3513
Features area’s only Go-Kart track and thrill ride, plus two 16-hole miniature golf courses, 20,000 sq. ft. arcade, bumper boats, batting cages, pizza kitchen and laser tag. Special group rates and birthday parties. Mon-Thurs 10 am-11 pm, Fri 10 am-1 am, Sat 9 am-1 am, Sun 11 am-11 pm.>
2821 Sharer Rd. 383-0788
Capital Region YMCA
Family-friendly destination dedicated to developing healthy spirit, mind and body. Gym, pool, exercise classes, childcare, teen leadership, minority achievement, youth sports, camp, skateboarding, senior activities, birthday parties and more. FREE with proof of YMCA membership, $8/Daily Guest Pass.
* Parkway Family YMCA, 2001 Apalachee Pkwy. 877-6151
Northwest YMCA, 3840 N. Monroe St. 536-9622.
YMCA Children’s Learning Academy (childcare), 4732 Thomasville Rd. 894-1788
YMCA Child Development Center (childcare), 2001 Apalachee Pkwy. 878-1255
YMCA Camp Indian Springs, 2387 Bloxham Cutoff Rd., Crawfordville, FL 926-3361.
Lane 7 Bowl
The city’s premier entertainment experience for all ages includes 22 high-tech bowling lanes, interactive video games, billiards, ultra-sensory audio/video system, live entertainment, high-definition bar and posh full-service VIP room with private bowling lanes. Mon-Thur 11:30 am-midnight, Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 10 am-2 am, Sun 10 am-midnight.>
2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy. 222-bowl www.lane7bowl.com
BEACHES AND SIDETRIPS
GULF OF MEXICO
Alligator Point Beach
Secluded natural dune beach, nearby accommodations/camping, dining, groceries.
Coarse sandy beach, restrooms, picnic tables/shelters, nearby accommodations/camping, dining, gas/groceries, boat charters, golf.
Dog Island Beach
Secluded pristine sandy beach accessible only by boat, ferry or plane.
St. George Island State Park
Pristine sandy beach, restrooms/showers, camping, trails, picnic tables/shelters/grills, nearby accommodations, dining, gas/groceries.
Popular for boating, fishing, scalloping, nearby accommodations/camping, dining, gas/groceries, boat charters/guides, nearby Keaton Beach offers coarse sandy beach, swimming, restrooms, picnic tables.
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Mashes Sands Beach
Coarse beach, shallow bay water, restrooms/showers, picnic tables/shelters/grills, nearby accommodations/ camping, dining, gas/groceries.
Shell Point Beach
Coarse sandy beach, popular for sailing/wind surfing.
Shell Point, FL
Sandy beach, lifeguard, restrooms, boating, fishing, nature trails, picnic tables/grills. FEE.
3540 Thomasville Rd./Maclay State Gardens 487-4556
Sandy beach, lifeguard, dock, restrooms, canoe rentals, boating, picnic tables/grills. FEE.
3226 Flastacowo Rd. FSU Seminole Reservation 644-5730
Crystal clear natural springs, grassy beach, lifeguard, restrooms, highdive, picnic tables/grills, boat tours, restaurant, lodge. FEE.
Wakulla Springs State Park. 224-5950
Nearly 200 miles of shoreline including 4 barrier islands (St. George Isl., Cape St. George, Dog Isl. and St. Vincent Isl.) and St. Teresa, Alligator Point and Carrabelle – featuring waterfront dining, camping and vacation rentals. Picturesque Apalachicola produces shrimp and oysters for most of the U.S.; annual Seafood Festival [Oct-Nov].
Town offers a unique look into the past with its tree-lined streets, vaults, warehouses and century-old brick buildings that house more than 30 antique shops, art galleries, interior design stores, book shops, gourmet food shops and delightful cafes. The town hosts several events annually. Its signature festival, PumkinFest, is held just before Halloween in late October, and one of the nation’s largest bead and jewelry festivals is held in the Spring.
Prosperous for growing tobacco 1830s-1970s, official “Nationally Registered Historic District” and “Florida Main Street City” also received 1996 “All American City Award.” Historic grandeur evident in homes and B&Bs throughout the city. Self guided walking tours include “On The Trail In Historic Quincy” featuring a 36-block National Register Historic District and “Discovering Historic Quincy” featuring a young person’s guide to history and architecture.
Information 997-5552 firstname.lastname@example.org
Features many grand homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, restored Opera House (1890), B&Bs. Annual Watermelon Festival [Jun].
Steinhatchee Landing Resort
Information (800) 584-1709
Florida’s Gulf Coast, rivers, wetlands, beaches, forests and estuaries offer birding, sailing, sinkhole scuba diving, canoeing and river cruises. Attractions include Florida’s first “rail-to-trail” bicycle path, hands-on sea aquarium, one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs and annual Blue Crab Festival [May].
Information (800) 704-2350
The “City of Roses” features historic museums, sites, plantations and B&Bs from its Victorian resort period. Downtown Historic District features brick-paved streets, period lamp posts and unique architecture. Annual Rose Festival [Apr], Victorian Christmas [Dec].