Rich in cultural diversity, Tallahassee boasts more than 31 community established performing
arts groups. Local cultural attractions include Springtime Tallahassee, the Winter Festival of Lights, the Tallahassee Symphony
Orchestra, the Tallahassee Ballet, LeMoyne Art Foundation, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, the Tallahassee Museum
of History and Natural Science and Shakespeare in the Park.
Collegiate sports are a tradition in Tallahassee, with
the FAMU Rattlers and FSU Seminoles competing against top-ranked teams from around the nation. These two fine schools have
produced nationally known athletes such as Phil Boggs (1972 Olympic gold medalist in diving), Deion Sanders (former NFL &
MLB superstar), Charlie Ward (Heisman recipient, New York Knicks), Chris Weinke (Heisman recipient, Carolina Panthers), Andre
Dawson "The Hawk" (baseball's 1987 National League Most Valuable Player), and Walter Dix (one of the most decorated
collegiate track & field sprinters in history).
An undisturbed natural environment allows Tallahassee residents
to enjoy the many recreational resources in the area. The popular Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is a
16-mile long trail, which was once the oldest operating railroad in Florida. Stretching from Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico,
the trail offers bicyclists, skaters, hikers, joggers and equestrians scenic beauty at its best. The Florida Trail in the
Apalachicola National Forest is a 68.7 mile trail that offers some of the most remote hiking areas available in Florida. A
5.5 mile Leon Sinks Trail, part of the Apalachicola National Forest, offers the tranquility and beauty of several sinkholes.
Many other parks in the Tallahassee area offer hundreds of miles of off-road bike and scenic trails and other recreational
outlets for those who love the outdoors.
The Tallahassee area offers numerous events throughout the year. The Downtown
Market Place, open Saturdays from 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. March through November, features fine arts, crafts, authors, writers/poets,
live jazz, chefs, children’s storytelling and a farmer’s market. Whether festivals, dances, music, golf tournaments,
costume balls, carnivals, parades or fairs, there is always an event for everybody. The Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau publishes an annual calendar of events. For more information, contact 850-413-9200 or 1-800-628-2866.