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Life in Tallahassee

Tallahassee, the capitol of Florida, offers a wide selection of recreation, arts, restaurants, and nightlife. We are a short drive to some of the top rated beaches in the country and we enjoy wonderful weather nearly year-round. For more information on the area and all it has to offer, visit the online visitors guide to Tallahassee.

The Doctoral students work closely together in our program and also enjoy many activities outside of the department. The long standing graduate student softball team, the Outliers, competes in the city league each year run by Tallahassee Parks and Recreation.

Here is some additional information about things to do in the area that some of our students and faculty enjoy:

Unique Things to Do in the Area

Tallahassee is close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and the nation. For information beaches within 2 hours driving distance, click here. For beaches in other areas of Florida, click here.

If you enjoy hiking in forests and experiencing unique
flora/fauna and terrain (including sink holes), then you should consider a side trip. You can read about Apalachicola National forest here.

The Florida panhandle is apparently the best place in the world for cave diving. Wakulla Springs State Park is about a 30 minute drive south of town. The state park information is available here.

If you like European style gardens, then Maclay Gardens (Thomasville Rd) is worth a visit.

During Reconstruction Thomasville, GA, which is about 40 minutes north of Tallahassee, became a winter destination for wealthy northern socialites (e.g., Goodyear, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt). More than 50 of the 'grand homes' they built still exist and many offer tours.

Finally, the Florida State Park System is one of the nation's best and if camping on the beach or hiking in pine forest appeals to you, you may want to consider visiting one. Grayton Beach is highly recommended.


All Saints Cafe: 903 Railroad Ave.

Black Dog Cafe: 229 Lake Ella Dr.

The Bada Bean: 2500-B Apalachee Parkway

Einstein Brothers Bagels (campus): Oglesby Union

Starbucks: Strozier Library (campus), Woodward Ave. (campus), and 1703 W. Tennessee St.

The Sweet Shop: 701 W. Jefferson St.

Atomic Coffee: 625 W. Tennessee St.


If your idea of a good time is a place with a large selection of ales, beers and stouts then visit Fermentation Lounge (113 All Saints Street) for a hip mid-century setting with over 100 craft beers, or the Leon Pub (215 E. 6th Ave.) for a small dive with over 40 selections on tap and many more in bottles.

You can find pool tables at Snookers (1861 W. Tennessee Street).

Looking for a wine bar? The Wine Loft (1240 Thomasville Rd.) is Tallahassee's version. They have a wine list that changes weekly, and cheeses and meats from local farms.

Tallahassee has a thriving local music scene, and frequent visits from groups making national and regional tours. Parliament Funkadelic hails from here and George Clinton still calls Tallahassee home. If you want to catch some live music, pick up a copy of the FS View (FSU's free student newspaper) in one of the many boxes on campus, or the Tallahassee Democrat's Limelight (entertainment section). FYI, the clubs near campus are 'all ages' with hand stamps for those of drinking age. If you want to do some advanced planning you can check out the websites below.

Big Daddy's 654 W. Tennessee St.: rock club

Bradford Blues Club 7152 Moses Lane: A bona fide southern blues club that also books zydeco bands

Bullwinkle's 620 W. Tennessee St.: rock club and bar

Club Downunder (campus): caters to diverse music groups and tastes

Engine Room 809 Railroad Ave.: rock Club

Floyd's Music Store 666-1 W. Tennessee St.: rock club


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