Family fun in Florida
Tallahassee, Florida, was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi that was not taken by the Federal troops during the Civil War. It remained unchanged throughout the war.
The area has grown since then, into the seventh largest city in the state, but the original capital building still stands and is available for tours today. It's a must for Civil War buffs! Drive your Tallahassee rental car to these locations for some Florida fun!
Ten Thousand Villages
Shoppers head to “Ten Thousand Villages” for fair-trade products from all over the world. That means the people who created the products have safe work conditions. Fair trade aims to help alleviate poverty and ensure the workers are paid correctly. This store is great for gifts, with items like:
- Hand-painted boxes
- Hand-woven scarves
Whether you're looking for something for you or a loved one there is a good chance you'll find something here. There is a story behind every product, and that just may be the little extra something you've been looking to make a gift special.
Florida Caverns State Park
Come and see limestone stalagmites and stalactites, and other eerily beautiful cave formations on a 40-minute tour of the only cave in the state that is open to the public. Cave tours occasionally sell out, so give the ranger station a call about a week before you go to be sure you will have a spot!
The surrounding park area is open for camping, horseback riding, and picnics and even has a nine-hole golf course! Grab your fishing poles and canoe and head to the Chipola River for some water-related fun. Camping reservations can be made online and canoes can be rented any day the cave tours are closed, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Bragg Memorial Stadium
Bragg Memorial Stadium, this Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University football field was named after the fathers of Rattler football, J.B "Jubie" and his father Eugene Bragg, who coached the team during the 1930s and 1940s.
Students from this primarily black school were an important part of the boycott that led Tallahassee busses to racially integrate in 1956. Two students sat in the "whites only" section, starting the fire that roused the student body into boycotting the bus system, gaining the attention of the entire city, and eventually the "whites only" section was abolished and all public transportation fully integrated.
The school was originally called the State Normal College for Colored Students and had only 15 students, and two instructors. Today, the college is made up of 11,000 students and 700 faculty. That's a whole lot of Rattlers!