Discovering the Tallahassee Museum

By: Carrie McLaren

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Located on the southwest of town, the Tallahassee Museum is a 52-acre living museum featuring North Florida’s history, wildlife and nature. 

In the wildlife area of the museum, an elevated boardwalk allows visitors to explore animals in their natural surroundings.  Many of the animals at the museum were either raised in captivity or are injured/orphaned individuals rescued by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. 

Some of the animals include Florida panthers, black bears, white-tailed deer, alligators and wild turkeys. My family and loved our time on the boardwalk – it was fascinating to see these animals in such a setting.  The cypress trees along the waterfront are breathtaking – they towered over the boardwalk!

The museums’ guest animal program features species on loan from other institutions.  On our visit, we came face to face with a 20-month old Bengal tiger.  Thank goodness for a sturdy glass window!

Kids will also enjoy learning about Old Florida with a 1920s red wooden caboose train, an 1890s schoolhouse and don’t miss Bellevue – the Tallahassee cotton plantation home of George Washington’s grand-niece.  The museum also features an 1880’s farm with live blacksmith demonstrations and a garden. 

If you’re looking for a thrill, check out the Tree to Tree Adventures – where you’ll zip through tree tops and the swamps.  There are 19 zip lines and 70 obstacles throughout the course.  With three courses to choose from, there’s one for every level of difficulty. It’s a great way to get a unique view at the museum’s natural surroundings. 

Plan your visit to the Tallahassee Museum, visit www.tallahasseemuseum.org.  

To see more pictures from our visit, check out the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider Facebook page.  

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