Tallahassee, located in Florida's panhandle, is the state's capital and the county seat of Leon County. It was named by the Apalachee Indians, back in the 16th century, for the fields the area once encompassed. If you plan to visit Tallahassee, you'll now find a booming city with an array of exciting activities for even the youngest family members.
Take your children for a visit to the Tallahassee Museum (tallahasseemuseum.org), filled with nature, wildlife and the history of northern Florida. At the Big Bend Farm exhibit, kids can catch a glimpse of what life was like on an 1880s farm through the gardens, farm animals and restored farm buildings. The Wildlife Florida exhibit features a Habitat Trail where the kids can spot red wolf, river otters and deer. Or, you could take them to the Challenger Learning Center (challengertlh.com) to check out the IMAX 3D theatre, planetarium and state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator. Make plans to attend special events, like camps and Mad Science nights.
Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine with your kids at one of the area parks or trails. Visit the A.J. Henry Park (no website; 3000 A.J. Henry Park Drive, Tallahassee; 850-891-3866), where your family can enjoy a nature walk on the trails, or play on the playground. Or, head over to the largest park in the city, Tom Brown Park (no website; 501 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee; 850-891-3866), where your children can run, climb and slide on the huge playground, play tennis, or try some disc golf. You could also go explore the trails and enjoy nature at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park (no website; 4000 North Meridian Rd., Tallahassee; 850-891-3866). Covering more than 600 acres, this park offers biking trails, horseback riding trails, birding trails and butterfly trails.
If your children love the water, check out the water activities available in Tallahassee. Cool off on a hot day at the Morcom Aquatics Center (no website; Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee; 850-644-7665), a state-of-the-art facility with heated swimming pools. Or, drop by the Trousdell Aquatics Center (no website; 298 John Knox Road, Tallahassee; 850-891-4901) or Wade Wehunt Pool at Meyers Park (no website; 907 Meyers Park Drive, Tallahassee; 850-891-3985) for some water activities with your children.
Take your kids for an exciting day of play at Fun Station (itsfunner.com), where they can ride go-karts on the large outdoor track, search for gems in the gem mine, play a game of laser tag, ride some bumper boats or try their luck in the arcade. You could also take your family roller skating at Skate World (skateworld1.com). Stop by during one of the open skating times with the whole family or sign your kids up for skating lessons, artistic skating or speed skating.