Things To Do With Kids in Tallahassee

As Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee has a strong reputation for southern hospitality, sunny days, and year-round tourists. Yet the city is unique to its state boasting a strong performing arts scene to entertain its melting pot of unique cultures. Tallahassee may have city attractions galore but it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland too. In 2006, the National Recreation and Park Association recognized Tallahassee as Best in America for Parks and Recreations. Explore the city of rolling hills and oak-lined roads on a budget with deals on popular attractions, creative classes, group activities, and other fun things to do in Tallahassee with kids.

Downtown Tallahassee is a commercial center, entertainment hotspot, and home to the iconic Park Avenue Historic District. Spend the afternoon shopping in boutiques, eating at top-rated Tallahassee restaurants, or just walk around downtown and get to know the city. Other top things to do in Tallahassee with kids include:

  • Riding go-karts, playing laser tag, and the mini-golf course at Fun Station in Macon
  • The infamous exhibits at Tallahassee Museum like the Wildlife Florida Trail,
  • Tree to Tree Adventures, and Big Bend Farmstead
  • A walk through the breathtaking gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
  • Free live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, and late-night showings at local galleries during First Friday Gallery Hop

This panhandle city has a trendy food scene with unique restaurants and cafes like Lofty Pursuits, Tallahassee’s favorite ice cream parlor. Choose from 200 flavors of old-fashioned soda, ice cream, shakes, malts, floats, and more. The proceeds of some flavors even go to charity. Find more family-friendly activities in Tallahassee below:

  • Catch a Florida State League minor league baseball game
  • Play on the splash pad, use the exercise trails, and see performances at the amphitheater at Cascades Park
  • Dress your dog 10,000 different ways at Dog Et Al, a local favorite
  • Catch an FSU Flying High Circus performance on campus in the city or at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain
  • See an outdoor concert at the Capital City Amphitheater

Tour one of the most popular attractions in Tallahassee, the Mission San Luis. This reconstructed Spanish mission features live reenactments, hands-on exhibits, and a whole lot more for just $5 per adult and $2 per child. Browse other sightseeing and free activities in Tallahassee:

  • Try a self-guided Tallahassee Scavenger Hunt and get to know downtown
  • Operation City Quest has sightseeing scavenger hunts for kids too
  • Drop in for a free Saturday kids program at the Challenger Learning Center
  • Check out political artifacts and interactive exhibits at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum
  • See Tallahassee history come to life in the Park Avenue Historic District

Tallahassee has several family-favorite community parks with unique playgrounds and other amenities. Walk along the scenic boardwalk at A J Henry Park or ride bikes at Capital Cascades Trail Park. Check out additional things to do in Tallahassee with kids below:

  • Feed the ducks while picnicking at Lake Ella & Fred Drake Park
  • Channel your inner astronaut at Challenger Learning Center's Space Mission Simulator
  • Car lovers should stop at the Ford Truck Graveyard and take a trip to the Tallahassee Automobile Museum
  • Stop in at Chick-fil-A for family events with crafts and entertainment
  • See the latest kids movie at AMC in the Tallahassee Mall

Tallahassee is full of exciting group activities too. Try a Zombie Scavenger hunt downtown for one, two, or three teams. Or go for an adventure walk with Wacky Walks or Crazy Dash. For more things to do in Tallahassee for families or groups, try the following:

  • Save on two games of bowling and shoe rentals for 2 to 6 people at Seminole Bowl
  • Take the state park guided Jungle Cruise from Wakulla Springs up the river
  • Indulge in an upscale tea party for 4 to 12 at The Daffodale Estate in Monticello
  • Book a sightseeing helicopter ride with Tallahassee Helicopters
  • Get an inside look at government work at the state capital with Sonshine Tours

Tallahassee is a hub for educational entertainment. Most of which is or can be kid-focused. Find deals on interactive laboratories, children’s museums, educational recreation centers, and things for kids to do in Tallahassee:

  • See the largest and most powerful magnet lab in the world, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Learn about Florida history and prehistory downtown at the Museum of Florida History
  • Check out the interactive center and watch sharks feed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
  • Try to understand what it was like living on Florida plantation properties during the Civil War era at Goodwood Museum & Gardens
  • Improve emotional, cognitive, and physical development at the PlayBig Recreation Zone

Sign the kids up for music and art classes in Tallahassee to trigger their artistic sides. The city is teeming with creative and performing arts opportunities, like the following:

  • Register for art classes and workshops with Brush & Palette
  • Understand the behind-the-scenes of cartoon art at Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center
  • Discover the love for a musical instrument with lessons at CENTER for the ARTS Academy or Music Lessons Express
  • Sign the kids up for theater classes at Young Actors Theatre
  • See which family member has the sculpting gene in pottery classes at Firefly Pottery

Hot summers and cool winters make some family days better spent inside instead of exploring the city. Plan an afternoon of indoor entertainment with deals on bowling, play centers, and plenty of things for kids to do in Tallahassee:

  • Try an exciting Tallahassee escape room like Breakout Games, Escape Key, or The Mansion Escape Room
  • Play pinball and other arcade games at Flippin' Great Pinball
  • Bust new tricks at the Tallahassee trampoline park, Sky Zone
  • Skate indoors in the rink at Skate World
  • Let the kids run around and play at the Fun Station