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Tallahassee with kids under 5

Jul 31, 2006  Favorite aunt under pressure to entertain!
4.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

We had two kids visiting us for 4 days so we looked around for great things to do. Here's what we did - it was all a big hit with the kids!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Wakulla Springs, Tallahassee
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science
    http://www.thebrogan.org/

    Great for kids!! Very interactive. About $20 admission for a family of four. We spent 3+ hours there, and the kids were disappointed to leave. They loved it! Lots of hands-on activities, lots of sounds/sights and games - it was a huge hit with the kids! Also, it's right downtown, so we walked around the old and new state capitol grounds, which was interesting to the kids because of the statues and fountains.

  • 2. Wakulla Springs State Park
    Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs

    Top scores! 10 out of 10! Very fun for kids! We did the river boat tour (the glass bottom boats weren't running when we went), and the kids loved it! The tour guide was great with kids, and had more than enough information and trivia tidbits to keep it entertaining for the adults too. We saw alligators and manatee and countless birds and fish. And the beach and swimming area are great. Plenty of shade, so we were able to stay longer than we could have otherwise stayed. The kids didn't know that we weren't at the "real beach," because there was plenty of sand and water for them. And enough other kids that they could entertain themselves. With respect to food, the Lodge has great cafeteria/dining room so we made lunch stop there. Great picnic locations and set-ups - maybe next time, we'll bring a picnic lunch or do a BBQ there. Only 20-30 minutes from Tallahassee -very convenient and easy! About $25 admission for 3 adults and 2 kids.

  • 3. Museum of Florida History
    Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee

    Also great with kids. Not quite as interactive as the Brogan Museum, but worth a visit. It's downtown, only 2 blocks from the Brogan Museum, so it's an easy add-on to the Brogan Museum visit. The lifesize mastodon is a big hit with the kids! As is the "Auntie's Attic" where they can go and play with vintage toys and other items. It's very interesting for adults, and interesting enough for kids to keep them entertained - even little ones. Well worth the visit!

  • 4. Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science
    Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Tallahassee

    This museum is more of a zoo than a museum, so the kids love it! They have all types of Florida indigenous animals - the Florida panther, sea turtles, red wolf, etc. Big hit with the kids! Great new playground - also a hit with the kids! Also the museum elements were more interesting than I expected - several historic buildings and artifacts. Also very interactive for kids. The staff are great!

  • 5. Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens
    Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

    Great mini-beach for small kids. The park has a great, small sandy beach with a roped-off swimming area. The shallow area is roped-off from the deep area, so the kids easily know where their boundaries are. The kids loved it and played in the sand and water for hours. There are lots of canoes/kayaks/small fishing boats, so the kids had a great time watching the boats as well. There is plenty of shade - unlike the real beach! And functional bathrooms and changing rooms. (The bathrooms aren't great, but they are building a new bathroom building currently.) Plenty of covered picnic areas for BBQs and group lunches. We saw a child's birthday party going on that looked like a big success. Overall, it's a great beach only minutes away from home - rather than an hour's drive to the coast!

  • 6. FSU University Center Club
    http://www.universitycenterclub.com/

    This club overlooks the FSU football field at the stadium. It is not a great place for meals with children, as it is a little too fancy for that. However, the Grill is a great place to take kids in the mid-afternoon (after lunch and before dinner) for an ice cream or milk shake. They loved the view of the football field, and we were lucky to see several students/athletes running stadium steps while we were there, as well as people working on the football field preparing it for football season. It is a members-only club, but I believe that non-members can go for individual meals, such as I'm suggesting. While at the stadium, the kids enjoyed walking to the other end of the stadium into the Athletic Center to see the FSU sports trophies as well as the huge stained-glass window titled "Bobby Bowden Field." They also liked the statues around the stadium and the view of campus from the decks outside the University Center Club. This was a much bigger hit than I expected. And the University Bookstore is conveniently downstairs from the club, so it was an easy stop to pick up a Seminole tshirt for the kids!