By Samantha Mellone
Hit the water with Harry Smith Outdoors. They offer group kayaking tours (at all levels) down the Apalachicola state river where kids can spot turtles, gators, and manatees. Take the trip up a notch by turning it into an overnight camping trip in one of the state forests.
Pack a picnic and head to the old water reclaimer site, which was recently upcycled into Cascades Park. The renovated landmark features a play area crafted from recycled telephone poles and preserved cypress trees.
Connect with nature at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab where kids can learn about the local turtle conservatory efforts and get up close and personal with the reptilian residents.
Fly through the sky at Tree to Tree Adventures at the Tallahassee Museum. The three-hour zip line course teaches kids independence as they soar over wildlife exhibits and colorful dinosaur statues made from recycled car parts.
At the living history museum, Mission San Luis, kids can interact with European settlers and Apalachee tribe members from the 16th century. Families can also explore ancient skills and traditions like growing herb gardens or crafting nails with the help of a blacksmith.
Jump back in time at Lofty Pursuits, a candy and ice cream emporium where kids can watch as Victorian candy is prepared the old-fashioned way, sans artificial ingredients.
Over 150 different car models from various points in American history are on display at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum—including one that used to be owned by President Lincoln. Bonus: the museum also has a collection of classic toy pedal cars that’s sure to please pint-sized visitors.
To stay sustainable and support the community, Saltwater Seafood Company’s ocean fare is sourced from the Florida Gulf whenever possible.
Farm-to-table becomes undeniably real at Backwoods Crossing, whose menu is sourced from the garden just outside the front door and a nearby ranch.
Almost every recipe offered at the Paisley Café has seven ingredients or less—it’s the definition of food made simple.
Special Events: Visit fun4tallykids.com to check out what local events fall during your stay.