Outdoors & Recreation

Explore the great outdoors of beautiful Tallahassee and North Florida. From paddling to hiking, fishing to ziplining, Tallahassee has it all! Get outside and see the best of Tallahassee!


Photo of Cascades Park

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.

Website: discovercascades.com
Video: Cascades to Campus Run with FSU Outdoor Pursuits

Photo of the Downtown Marketplace

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.

Website: downtownmarket.com

Photo of Maclay Gardens

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.

Website: floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens

Photo of The Rez Lakefront Park and Retreat Center

The Rez Lakefront Park & Retreat Center

Enjoy the sunshine or relax in the shade at the Rez, FSU's own 73-acre outdoor center located on beautiful Lake Bradford and just five miles from the main campus. Open most afternoons for guests to swim, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, picnic, play sand volleyball or disc golf, and more. Access to the Rez, a Campus Recreation facility, is free for current FSU students.

Website: campusrec.fsu.edu/rez
Video: Hiking Behind the Rez with FSU Outdoor Pursuits

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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.

Website: floridastateparks.org