Tallahassee is the capital of the US state of Florida and the 128th largest city in the United States.
Located just 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 14 miles south of Georgia, Tallahassee is situated in the Panhandle area of Florida.
The name "Tallahassee" is a Muskogean Indian word often translated as "old fields", and it likely stems from the Creek (later called Seminole) Indians who migrated from Georgia and Alabama to this region in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Tallahassee has a 5-story IMAX theatre and planetarium, the Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science and a number of art and film festivals. The surrounding area also boasts freshwater springs, wildlife parks, nearby beaches, historic plantations, and ancient Native American ceremonial grounds, so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
Tallahassee is home to two universities – Florida State University and Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University. These universities bring more than 40,000 students each year to Tallahassee.
Florida is home to many professional, semi-professional, amateur and collegiate sports. In professional sports, the state has three National Football League teams, two Major League Baseball teams, two National Basketball Association teams, two National Hockey League teams, and many minor league teams in various sports. Florida is one of the most important markets in the Arena Football League, and has three of the league's teams. Golf, tennis and auto racing are also popular in the state.
In college sports in Florida, thirteen schools compete in NCAA Division I, and various others compete in other divisions. In Tallahassee the Seminoles represent FSU and the Rattlers represent FAMU in a wide range of sports - baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming, diving, volleyball, tennis and track and field.
Much like Tallahassee’s varied and ever-changing landscape, you’ll discover dining options that are just as diverse with authentic regional cuisine, fine dining and international fare. An evening out doesn’t stop at dinner. From chic bars to soulful jazz clubs, to college sports pubs, Tallahassee is alive with burgeoning nightlife. Tallahassee offers students all the social elements of a college town, with all of the amenities of a sophisticated and refined international city.
African American history runs deep with momentous events such as the 1865 reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the front steps of the Knott House and the 1956 bus boycott that resulted in the abolishment of segregated seating on public transportation. Florida A & M University is the nation’s largest historically black university by enrolment.
The city is recognized as a regional centre for scientific research, aeronautics and engineering, and is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the largest and highest-powered magnet research laboratory in the world, boasting equipment that produces a magnetic field 1 million times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field.
Tallahassee has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters, as well as drier springs and autumns. Tallahassee summers are hotter than in the Florida peninsula and it is one of the few cities in the state to occasionally record temperatures above 100 °F (37.8 °C).
Getting to Tallahassee
Tallahassee Regional Airport is served by a number of carriers. It is not possible to get a direct flight from London to Tallahassee but a stopping flight takes a minimum of 10hr30 with options to stop in Atlanta, Charlotte, or Miami.
Universities in Tallahassee
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