Tallahassee continues to delight Brevard visitors

Touring the Town


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At night, the historic Old Capitol in Tallahassee is beautiful.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Susanne Pommer

Readers, if you haven’t, I would strongly suggest that you plan at least an overnight or longer visit to Florida’s State Capitol Tallahassee.

Before you begin your visit, contact the Tallahassee Visitors Bureau at 800-628-2866 or email andi.ratcliff@visittallahassee.com and request their latest “Visit Tallahassee Booklet.” The timely information in this booklet will help you plan for a successful experience in Tallahassee proper and the surrounding lovely countryside.

If you are limited in time, here are some suggestions. Your first visit in Tallahassee is a visit to the Historic State Capitol of Florida. The Capitol building on Monroe Street has been restored to its 1902 appearance. A self-guided tour of the building, which contains two floors of rooms, provides a wealth of Florida history. Tour the Senate and the House Chambers, Governor’s Suite, Supreme Court, Rotunda and all the Halls. Right behind the Historic State Capitol is the new 22-story Capitol Building that contains the House and Senate Chambers on either side. Don’t miss the public viewing galleries in both chambers. There also is a great observation deck on the top floor with spectacular views of surrounding Tallahassee. Our Florida legislature is in session from March through April.

Your second stop in Tallahassee is the outstanding restored Mission San Luis de Apalachee. This mission was a Spanish Franciscan mission built in 1633 in the Florida Panhandle. The mission on Tennessee Street is only 2 miles west of the present-day Florida Capitol Building.

Today, the mission is reconstructed on its original site and brings the past to life with guides in period dress introducing you to colonial buildings, exhibits and archaeology.

The buildings that have since been reconstructed include the Church, the Convento, the Council House, the Chief’s House, the Fort and Blockhouse, and a typical Spanish house as well as many interesting features around the site. The brand-new Visitors Center has a beautiful lobby and a 125-seat theater where you’ll view an informative introductory film on the mission. The site is located on 63 beautiful acres.

Your visit to the mission will transport you back in time to a 17th Century living community where Apalachee Indians and Spaniards are drawn together by religion as well as military and economic issues. This outstanding mission is Florida’s Apalachee Spanish Living History Museum. Here is a most rewarding and educational site for the entire family to enjoy.

The mission is open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Mondays. It is closed on holidays. There is a modest admission charge. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee. For information, call 850-245-6406 or go to missionsanluis.org.

There are many excellent overnight accommodations in Tallahassee and along Route 10.

Tallahassee should be at least a two- or three-night visit. There is a lot to see and do.

Traveling to Tallahassee by auto is very easy from Brevard County. Take Route 528 west to exit 4. This is the Florida Turnpike entrance. Then, take Turnpike north to I-75. Continue north on I-75 to Interstate-10 West, west to Tallahassee. With stops along the way, it’s about a seven- or eight-hour pleasant drive. 

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