The capital of Florida, Tallahassee like most capitals in the United States is not that large. With only about 180000 inhabitants and holding steady, there are several cities in Florida that are larger. But it has been the capital in 1824, prior to Florida becoming a state in 1845. It’s location at the far north end of the state may seem less than central today, but during those days it was quite central to Florida’s population base. Its location is equidistant from St. Augustine in the east and Pensacola in the west.
Today Tallahassee is the location of several universities and colleges headed by Florida State University and Florida A&M University. But perhaps what may stand out as a visitor draw are the wide and varied festivals that Tallahassee has to offer. Here are a few:
1. Greek Food Festival. Held in mid-October, this is part of Tallahassee’s diversity of cultures program. There is wonderful Greek food, authentic Greek dancing and music with a lot of entertainment.
2. The Tallahassee Wine and Food Festival. Started in 1995, this is a two-day charitable event held every November. If you are into food, this is a combination of events which includes a wine dinner with reception, wine tasting, wine auction, golf tournament and a guest celebrity chef.
3. Springtime Tallahassee. This annual event is held on the first Saturday in April to celebrate Tallahassee’s rich history and culture. It starts on Friday with the “Downtown GetDown” reception followed by a parade the next day with floats from all over the southeastern United States. Over 200,000 people attend the parade, making it one of the largest in the southeast, as well as a large craft show.
As is traditional in the south, various Krewes enter floats into the parade. In this parade they represent various eras in the region’s history, including the Spanish Krewe (the largest) representing Spanish rule for almost 300 years, the American Territorial Krewe, the Antebellum Krewe, the War and Reconstruction Krewe and the Twentieth Century Krewe.
4. Red Hills Horse Trials. Started in 1998, this annual event has become one of the world’s top equestrian events. It is held every March and draws over 40,000 spectators and 200 horses with their riders. It consists of Dressage, Cross-country and Show jumping as the three stages of competition, and is becoming a must-see event for equestrian followers.
There is plenty to do in Tallahassee, and it is much quicker to drive compared to southern Florida from most areas of the southeastern United States. We’re sure there is something that will bring you to this beautiful Florida city.