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12 awesome things to do in Tallahassee

Florida’s strongest quality may very well be its diversity: all across the state, cities like Orlando and towns are lush with different kinds of food, activities and environments to explore. Tallahassee, the state capital, is no exception. As the site of Florida State University, the city is brimming with school spirit and a rich history of student-driven organizations and initiatives. Although it would be reasonable to assume that Tallahassee life revolves solely around its politics and college culture, this couldn’t be further from the truth: with its blend of small-town charm, college-oriented nightlife destinations and stunning natural marvels, Tallahassee possesses a charm that’s all its own. The city hosts an abundance of things to do, sights to see, places to go and treasures to be uncovered; whether it’s jumping from a two story structure into the refreshing waters of Wakulla Springs, making a four-hour journey down the enthralling Chipola River with Bear Paw Adventures or gathering with locals to belt your favorite tune at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Bar or eating a whole lot of delicious food at the best restaurants in town, it’s a tall order to become bored in Tallahassee. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 12 best restaurants in Tallahassee

As far as character is concerned, Tallahassee is bursting with it. This is a rowdy city that knows how to celebrate when its favorite sports team, the Florida State Seminoles, scores a win; it’s a creative city, with a vibrant music scene, a ton of things to do and distinguished alumni such as The Doors singer-songwriter Jim Morrison and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the American composer who was the first woman to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983. This same iconoclastic spirit can be seen—and tasted—when visiting the best restaurants in Tallahassee. Whether looking at flavorful Southern breakfasts, off-kilter burger joints, the cluster of locally-owned spots around the All Saints District or hip vegan hangs, there’s plenty of options for hungry gourmands passing through Florida’s state capital.