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Family Weekend 2019: September 27 & 28

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What to Do in Tallahassee

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Wakulla Springs

One of the world's largest and deepest freshwater springs highlights the 2,860-acre Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. The bowl of the spring covers approximately 3 acres and the water temperature remains a relatively constant 70 degrees year-round. Visitors may observe the natural beauty of the springs and river from boat tours offered daily. There is a park entrance fee and additional fees for tours. Located approximately 20 miles south of Tallahassee.

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Claude Pepper Center

The Claude Pepper Center was established in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between the Florida State University, the Florida Legislature and the Claude Pepper Foundation. The Center houses The Pepper Foundation, The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, The Pepper Library, a 5,000sq.ft museum and The Changing Art Gallery. The library and museum document Florida Senator & Congressman Claude Pepper's long and distinguished life from New Deal supporter to national spokesman for the elderly.

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Center for Global Engagement

Every Friday, international and U.S. students, scholars, and faculty gather for free coffee and snacks at the International Center. It's a great place to meet new people from around the world, unwinding after a long week while listening to international music or simply engaging in good conversation.

  • Coffee Hour: Friday: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: 110 S Woodward Ave (Global and Multicultural Engagement Building also known as The Globe)
  • Website: http://www.cge.fsu.edu
  • Contact: 850.644.1702
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FSU Legacy Walk through Campus

Florida State University has been paving the way since 1851. In October 2004, the university unveiled the first of four phases of Legacy Walk, a historical tour of campus that focuses on its architecture, sculpture and green spaces. The first segment of the Walk, the Eppes Phase, is named for the founder of the University, Francis Eppes. Encompassing the easternmost portion of campus, the Walk begins at the Eppes statue located near the entrance at the Westcott Building. The path is embedded with symbols and lined with bricks and banners guiding visitors past many of the oldest and most historic buildings on campus before terminating at Dodd Hall. Raised brick podia containing maps and important information about people and events are located at intervals along the walk.

The second phase, the Student Legacy Walk, begins at the Landis Green Legacy Fountain Sculptures. As the name suggests, the Student Legacy Walk passes through the core of student activity, highlighting student leaders of the past and serving as a living legacy to current and future students. Lined with banners depicting campus life, the Student Legacy Walk guides visitors from Landis Green north toward the Bellamy Building, around to newly renovated grounds behind the Crenshaw Building and Moore Auditorium, and circles the Integration Statue before wrapping around the Student Services Building and ending back at Landis.

For more information on the FSU Legacy Walk, contact the Office of University Relations at 850.644.1000.

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FSU Visitor Center

Whether you plan to visit for a few hours or a few days, we suggest making the Visitor Center your first stop. We are open most weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to help you with directions, maps, parking suggestions or other information.

  • Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Location: University Center B
  • Website: http://www.visit.fsu.edu
  • Contact: 850.644.3246
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Seminole Reservation

The Florida State University Reservation is a 73-acre facility, with 10 acres, located on beautiful Lake Bradford. The "Rez" is located 1/4 mile from the airport and four miles from the Florida State campus. In our unique natural setting you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming and many other activities. Alcohol and pets are not allowed at the Rez.

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Leach Center

Participate in a fitness class or workout on the machines at the Bobby E. Leach Center. Guest passes are available.

  • Hours: Monday - Thursday: 6:00am - 10:00pm |Friday: 6:00am - 9:00pm | Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm | Closed on Game Day Saturdays
  • Location: 118 Varsity Way
  • Website: http://campusrec.fsu.edu/leach
  • Contact: 850.644.0548
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Fitness & Movement Center

The Fitness & Movement Clinic (FMC), Campus Recreation's newest facility, has 12,000 square feet of space dedicated to health and wellness. In addition to strength and cardio equipment, they offer a variety of training options, including personal training, small group training, and semi-private training. The facility also offers wellness testing services.

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The Old Capitol

Florida's historic Old Capitol offers the Doorknobs to Domes tour to highlight the unique architecture of the building and its restoration process. Tours are available Sat. from 10:00am - to 4:00pm. The Old Capitol is also open as a museum, with special exhibits interpreting the State's political history, Constitution and the history of the building.

  • Location: Monroe Street & Apalachee Pkwy
  • Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm | Saturday: 10:00pm - 4:30pm | Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Website: http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov
  • Contact: 850.487.1902

Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is a 32,000 square-foot facility located at the beautiful Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. The Center is the K-12 outreach facility of the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering and uses aerospace as a theme to foster long-term interest in math, science, engineering and technology; create positive learning experiences; and motivate students to pursue higher education and careers in these fields. To accomplish this mission, the Challenger Learning Center features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator and utilizes the immersiveness of an IMAX® theatre and a domed high-definition planetarium to create a holistic educational and entertaining experience.

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Downtown Marketplace

Come and enjoy the best local music while browsing the wares of local Arts & Fine Crafts folks. There are food vendors offering a variety of delicious items. There are also several museums within walking distance and ample free parking.

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Seminole Golf Course

Whether you are a seasoned golfer or just starting out, the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course is the perfect arena for you to hone your skills. They provide comprehensive practice facilities, a challenging 18-hole championship course, and on-site PGA-certified staff that can help you learn the basics of the game, or assist you in taking it to the next level.

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The Museum of Florida History

The Museum of Florida History is only a short walk from the FSU campus. The Museum is open everyday until 4:30pm. Permanent exhibits begin with pre-historic Florida and continue through World War II. The Gift Shop and Cafe are also located in the Museum.

  • Location: R.A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street
  • Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm | Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm | Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Website: http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com
  • Contact: 850.245.6400
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Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science

Visit the Tallahassee Museum's beautiful, lakeside facility of nature walks, Florida panthers and other native animals in natural habitat, pioneer farmstead and village of historic buildings, living-history folk artists in action, and close-up animal encounters.

The Museum offers $25 student memberships for year-round admission, seven days a week, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities.

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Mission San Luis: A Living History Village and National Landmark

Bring your parents to the 17th century! See, hear, and feel the past come to life at this Apalachee and Spanish village. Relax in our picnic area, see 300-year-old artifacts found on site, watch our Saturday black-powder musket demonstrations, or just shop in our museum store. You may have driven by and wondered what we are. Now is the time to find out!

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Maclay Gardens

These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden, opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, two short nature trails and five miles of multi-use trails winding through the woods.

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Antique Car Museum

The Antique Car Museum presents one of the southeast's finest collections of rare automobiles and unique collectibles, a tribute to an era gone by. The latest addition to the collection is the Alma-Tadema Piano.

  • Location: 6800 Mahan Drive (I-10 Exit 209A: Hwy. 90E)
  • Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm| Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm | Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Website: http://www.tacm.com/
  • Contact: 850.942.0137
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Cascades Park

The park is situated between South Monroe Street, East Lafayette Street and the railroad tracks. Cascades Park is the newest social center of our community. The 12 acre park offers one venue that brings together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. Located in the heart of downtown, Cascades Park offers a variety of outdoor and recreation amenities, including state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountains, children's play areas, and miles of multi-use trails.

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Riley Museum

The John G. Riley Museum is located at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Streets in downtown Tallahassee. The mission of the Riley Museum of African American History & Culture is to discover, archive and illuminate the blended interrelationship of African American, Native American and European history and preserve African American landmarks and legacies throughout the State of Florida. Established in 1996, the museum's program provide an environment and means to encourage and empower participants to develop an awareness of and gain an appreciation for the educational and social contributions of African Americans to Florida's history.

  • Location: 419 East Jefferson Street
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00pm | Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Website: http://rileymuseum.org/
  • Contact: 850.681.7881
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