By Abby Cloud | Photo: Jonah’s Fish & Grits
Tallahassee is home to a wide variety of businesses, restaurants, shops, and community events that many residents take advantage of. However, we are all familiar with those days where we’re yearning for something new to see or do. Fortunately, Tallahassee has a few neighboring towns and cities that provide new and exciting experiences, all within driving distance. Here are some ideas for your next adventure outside of the Capital City.
Bainbridge, Georgia — Just over an hour north of Tallahassee is a sweet, southern Georgia town. Its downtown district offers locally-owned businesses, such as the Bean Cafe, which specializes in in simple sandwiches, coffee, and ice cream, and The American, another restaurant downtown, which is a patriotic and charming dining option with a traditional, American-style menu. You can watch a show at Bainbridge Little Theatre, visit the Decatur County History Museum, or take a stroll through their downtown park, Willis Park.
Thomasville, Georgia — Thomasville is just under an hour north of Tallahassee and is home to a south Georgia charm that no other town has. With a picture-perfect downtown area, you can stop by the numerous popular local shops and restaurants. Popular spots include Jonah’s Fish & Grits and Grassroots Coffee, and Pebble Hill Plantation.
Havana, Florida — Only a few minutes north of Tallahassee, Havana is a town that is rich with history and charm. Havana’s downtown area is home to numerous local shops, such as Wanderings, an eclectic decor shop that specialize in antiques and other specialty items, and eateries like Oscar’s, an authentic Italian restaurant, and Havana Eatery, which serves yummy American classics. From the moment you drive into the town, you begin to experience the allure of Havana’s murals found on many buildings. Its downtown district is extremely picturesque and serves as the perfect backdrop for dining or shopping in this Florida town.
Wakulla, Florida — This small town is just east of Crawfordville and has lots to offer its visitors. One major attraction in Wakulla is Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, which features a spring and park full of history, and The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, which offers delicious dining options. Wakulla is also on the Big Bend Scenic Highway, where you can drive and see all the natural beauty of North Florida.
Apalachicola, Florida — This Florida town on the Panhandle is home to delectable seafood, beautiful ocean views, and a variety of attractions. Each year, Apalachicola hosts the Florida Seafood Festival, which is a two-day event that highlights seafood in this seaside community. As for the town’s history, there is the Fort Gadsen Historic Site and the John Gorrie Museum State Park to see.
Quincy, Florida — Located west of Tallahassee, Quincy may seem small, but it holds lots of history. You can catch a play or musical at the Quincy Music Theatre, or visit the Gadsden Arts Center, an art museum that exhibits local artists and hosts many programs for the community. Make sure to grab a bite at Damfino’s Cafe & Market, which offers fresh, locally-sourced, and seasonal meals.