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Tallahassee is the capital city of Florida, the United States. It is an inland city in the Florida Panhandle. In addition to the state government, it is a university town, housing both the 1993 and 1999 National Champion Florida State University  and Florida A&M University . Tallahassee has a good selection of restaurants for a city of its size. The universities' theater, art, and music programs, in addition to an active Council of Culture and Arts , also make for an unusually vibrant arts scene.
Old State Capital building in foreground, with the high-rise new Capital behind it
Tallahassee may be in Florida, but that does not always mean its warm. Beacause of its Northern Panhandle location, winters in Tallahassee have cold nights with cool days (lows in 30s F, highs in 60s F), so be sure to pack some coats and scarves. Lows of 10 degrees F is not uncommon in January, and the coldest temperature in the city is -2 degrees F. Snow is stil rare; usually it is dry, clear cold. However, it can be warm or even hot (as hot as 88 degrees F in January or February). Summers are hot, and humidity can make temperatures quite unbearable. Summers average in the 90s F while nighttime lows average in the upper 60s to lower 70s F. Temperatures will often surpass 100 F, and when added with humidity, can be a nasty mix. Fall and Spring is mild.
Tallahassee is not as pedestrian-friendly as some cities. Some areas of the city are more conducive for walking than others. Downtown, Midtown and Lake Ella are probably the most picturesque and convenient for walking.
By public bus
Tallahassee’s public bus system is known as STAR Metro, . The full schedule typically runs from about 6am to 7 or 8pm during the week and about 7am to 7pm on Saturdays. Routes and hours are limited after 7pm and on Sundays. To get anywhere other than Downtown or one of the university campuses typically requires at least one transfer.
There are several taxi companies serving Tallahassee. Outside of the airport there are not many taxi stands around the city, so it is better to call and arrange for a pick-up.
Old State Capital museum, Monroe Street at Apalachee Parkway, . The state government has moved to the new skyscraper capital building nearby, and the old building has been made into a museum, restored to how it looked in 1902.
Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, 3945 Museum Drive, .
Tallahassee Automobile Museum 6800 Mahan Drive (a short drive on Interstate-10 East of the main part of the city)  Large collection of classic and antique cars and other curiousities
Tallahassee Skate Park, Between James Messer Fields and TalTran Administrative Offices Jackson Bluff Road at Appleyard Drive. Sunrise to Midnight. The Tallahassee Skate Park is a state-of-the art, 26,000 square foot facility designed to provide maximum enjoyment and challenge for all who utilize it.
Lake Ella, in north central Tallahassee on US 27 just south of Tharpe Street. Lake Ella has an area of 12 acres (49,000 m²). Lake Ella is attached to 6.5 acre (26,000 m²) Fred Drake Park. The park has picnic shelters, a site for community activities and a paved walking trail that completely encircles the lake. The lake is bordered on the west side by quaint little shops and cafes. One vendor is the Black Dog Cafe where joggers can get a cup of coffee for their morning run around the trail. Visitors can walk, skate, or skateboard around the lake.
Maclay Gardens (Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park), 3450 Thomasville Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32312 (In north Tallahassee near I-10 and Capital Circle), ☎ (850) 487-4556, . Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park has at its heart the winter home and gardens of Maclay and his wife Louise. The house is open to the public as an interpretive museum. The surrounding gardens are known especially for their camellias and magnolias. Other than the gardens, the park offers biking, hiking and equestrian trails as well as kayaking, canoeing and fishing among other activities. The park is open all year round during most daylight hours. The gardens are open all year round 9am-5pm.
Railroad Square (Railroad Square Art Park), 567 Industrial Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (Between the FSU and FAMU campuses on Railroad Ave.), ☎ (850) 224-1308, . The Railroad Square Art Park is a collection of studios, galleries and other unique shops. On the first Friday of each month Railroad Square hosts a gallery hop called First Friday. Businesses stay open late and offer live music and even food.
Leon Pub, 215 E 6th Ave., 425-4639. A smoking-friendly pub with dozens, if not hundreds, of beer selections from all over the world.
Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Rd., 224-1887. A funky tiki bar with the occasional great live music act.
Bajas Beachclub. A trendy, yet sketchy, night club located at the intersection of Pensacola St and Ocala Rd.
Fermentation Lounge. A hip, but still down-to-earth lounge featuring a wide selection of wines and beers and even harder to find items such as mead, sangria and ciders. Located in Tallahassee's All Saints District.
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