Florida’s Tallahassee Museum is a different kind of museum! It offers visitors a chance to learn about Northern Florida, but with a focus on the area’s natural environment.
The Tallahassee Museum, also known by locals as the Junior Museum, was established in 1957. Since then, it has grown exponentially! Anyone looking for something fun to do in Tallahassee will have an awesome time zipping through the museum’s Tree to Tree Adventures courses, learning from it’s many exhibits, and exploring it’s natural trails.
Tree to Tree Adventures
Our favorite part of the Tallahassee Museum was, without a doubt, the ziplining and obstacle course. There are three different obstacle courses with over 19 ziplines and 70 obstacles. As you go through the courses, you get to swing on ropes, cross log bridges, climb ladders, and soar on a bunch of ziplines, the tallest being over 60 feet above the ground! And of course, safety is a priority. Expert guides teach you how to clip your harness and carabiners and take you through a mini training course before you can start on the main courses.
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Jim Gary’s 20th Century Dinosaurs Trail
World famous sculptor Jim Gary is best known for his large sculptures of dinosaurs made up of discarded automobile parts. After years of traveling to museums and universities around the world, these dinosaurs made the Tallahassee Museum their permanent home in 2011. We really enjoyed walking the dinosaur trail and being on the lookout for the 21 different pieces.
Big Bend Farm
Visitors can experience what it was like to live on a 19th century farm! We got to see all kinds of animals and a garden with all types of vegetables. They also had farm buildings that you could walk through to see things like old tools and cooking appliances.
Nature Trails and Native Wildlife
When you’re ready for some quiet time and to really appreciate Florida’s natural beauty, head over to the area designated as Natural Florida. Visitors can walk along a half-mile nature trail loop and enjoy giant oak and cypress trees that just take your breath away. To see some of the animals that are native to this region, visitors should head over to Wildlife Florida. There are wolves, foxes, otters, deer, gators, and the rare Florida panther. FYI, there’s also an albino squirrel that loves to scurry around and jump from tree to tree. That little sucker scared the bejeezus out of me a few times!
A few tips for visiting the Tallahassee Museum:
- – Try to visit the museum in the morning, especially if you plan on doing the zipline courses. You’ll be using up a lot of energy and you will get hot, even under the tree cover.
- – Wear closed toe shoes. They are a requirement to do the zipline course but also practical to go walking along all of the trails on the property.
- – Have plenty of water. There are water jugs along the zip-line course in case you need to refill your water bottle. Also, there is a small cafe should you feel the need to snack on something.
- – Wear sunblock and bug repellent. Remember, you’re outside and in Florida!
This 52-acre outdoor museum is sure to excite people of all ages. With their focus on the area’s natural environment, it’s a fun and different kind of experience in Florida’s capital.
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