Tallahassee, FL

FTDTA Tenth Annual Conference "A Decade of Knowledge"
July 27 - 29, 2005

North Florida has a beautiful and diverse landscape, from world class "sugar sand" beaches to rolling hills to springs and sinks and caverns. For those who always want to know "why and how", many museums and historic properties show the past and present of this exciting area. As the seat of Florida's government, Tallahassee offers families an enjoyable destination with painless educational advantages. And speaking of education, it's never too early to start providing the kids with college tours — and Tallahassee is the site of both Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University.

We encourage you to plan a little extra family time and enjoy Northwest Florida. Following are some of the sites in and near Tallahassee:

Bradley's Country Store
The sight and taste of history, Bradley's stands just as it did in 1927 — a country grocery store famous for its homemade sausage. A lovely drive down old canopy roads, about twelve miles from Tallahassee. Make sure you order the famous sausage sandwich, and eat it while rocking on the front porch!
Canopy Roads
Huge moss-draped live oaks, sweet gums, hickory trees and stately pines cast their protective shade, with limbs that meet in a towering canopy to provide cooling shade for the roads beneath them. Tallahassee has several canopy roads that provide a unique contribution to the city's southern charm. See pictures of the canopy roads at the web site.
Challenger Learning Center with Imax Theatre & Planetarium
The Center is the outreach facility of the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering and uses aerospace as a theme to foster long-term interest in math, science and technology and motivate students to pursue careers in these fields. Features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator, an IMAX theatre and a domed high-definition planetarium to create a holistic educational and entertaining experience.
Florida A&M University
FAMU student enrollment population consists primarily of undergraduates in 62 bachelor's degree programs in 103. Thirty-six master's degrees, two professional degrees, and eleven PhD degree programs are offered. About 1 mile south of downtown Tallahassee.
Florida Black Archives, Research Center and Museum
The museum is housed in a 1907 Carnegie Library and contains rare maps that document the history and culture of Africans and African Americans and some other artifacts. About 1.5 miles from downtown Tallahassee.
Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
The caves at Florida Caverns State Park contain formations of stalactites, stalagmites and other geological features. There are trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Equestrian facilities, camp sites, shower and rest rooms are nearby. Guided cavern tours and an audio-visual program are offered. Golfing is available at the Florida Caverns Golf Course. About 65 miles west of Tallahassee.
Florida State University
FSU is a senior member of the ten state universities that compose the State University System of Florida, with enrollment of over 37,000 students in 17 major academic divisions. About 1 mile west of downtown Tallahassee.
Goodwood Plantation Museum and Gardens
One of the finest antebellum plantation houses ever built in the region (1840), it features some of the earliest fresco ceilings in Florida. The collections and furnishings are all original to the house. Research documentation and careful selection of heirloom plants have allowed restoration of these grounds to the sense and ambience of a garden of the early 1900s. No plants introduced later than 1929 are used in the restoration. 2 miles NE from downtown Tallahassee.
John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture
Built in 1890 by a mostly self-educated businessman and leader who became the principal of the first public high school for blacks in Tallahassee. The Riley house is especially significant when compared to other such historical sites in that it is a relic of the accomplishments of an entire group of people, the black middle class which emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century.Downtown Tallahassee.
Knott House Museum
This 1840s home is decorated in Victorian splendor. Unlike most house museums, all of the furnishings are original to the house when the Knott family was in possession. Explore what life was like in the 1930s, when William Knott served as State Treasurer.Downtown Tallahassee.

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