Welcome to Tallahassee

To date, thousands of people walk the hallowed halls of the old Capitol, a national historic landmark that was once in jeopardy.

Nestled in the shade of giant live oaks sits a piece of Florida history. The old Capitol restored to its 1902 appearance with candy striped awnings and historic displays, yet this aging landmark was once in danger of being torn down.

Jane Brightbill with Visitor Services says, "When designed, current Capitol plans where to tear this down and have fountain out front, but citizen interest and historic preservation decided not to tear it down."

Annually, 50,000 visitors tour the old Capitol, the center of state government from 1845 to 1978. Sightseers come from all over the world.

A political heritage isn't the only attraction to Tallahassee. Visitors spend an afternoon roaming from museum to museum with a Tallahassee tour guide in tow.

Wendy Shaffield, a Tallahassee resident, says, "I like it because it is small, but you have all the things of a big city."

A Tallahassee trademark is of course its rolling hills and canopy roads. There are 20 miles of designated greenways and there's a reason for the name Spanish moss.

Ann Bidlingmeir, a Tallahassee tree activist, says, "The lengthy droopy moss looks like the beards of the Spaniards."

From the Vietnam memorial to the historic Mission San Luis and the Capitol skyline, Tallahassee has something for everyone.

The Leon County Tourist Development Council says Mission San Luis was the site of the first Christmas celebrated in the United States.


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