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Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, and home to Florida State University, which has one of the oldest LGBTQ student unions in the country, as well as Florida A&M University. It’s a city full of friendly people, plenty of sunshine, and much to see and do. If you’re thinking of calling Tallahassee home, chances are you’ll find plenty about it to love!
A Look at Tallahassee’s History
Tallahassee, like much of Florida, was first inhabited by native peoples, and then by the Spanish, who arrived in the area in the 1500s. When Florida became an American territory in the early 1800s it had two capitals, Pensacola and Saint Augustine. As Tallahassee was located in between the two, it was ultimately named the state capital in 1824. It quickly grew as an important center for lumber, agriculture, and livestock in the region as well as for various industries. Eventually, it also became an important educational center and today is still home to two universities and a community college. The city has many local attractions, plenty of friendly people, and lots to see and do. It is a diverse and welcoming city that is accepting of all, and it’s a wonderful place to call home.
A Few Fun Facts About Tallahassee
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Tallahassee’s LGBTQ Community
Tallahassee is a city that loves and supports its LGBTQ community with a variety of resources, including:
PFLAG Tallahassee is Tallahassee’s local chapter of the national PFLAG organization, which is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country. PFLAG is well-known for its mission of supporting LGBTQ people, friends, family, and allies across the country in a wide variety of ways. With 500 chapters and more than 200,000 members in the United States, PFLAG plays a critical and important role in providing advocacy, support, and resources to the LGBTQ community.
Equality Florida is a Florida group constantly working to promote equality for all in Florida. The group offers networking opportunities, events, resources, and plenty of opportunities to become involved, as it works toward the celebration and advancement of LGBTQ groups across the state.
What's the Weather Like in Tallahassee?
If you love mild temperatures in the winter, plenty of warmth in the summer, and lots of sunshine, then Tallahassee has the perfect weather. Highs in July can reach an average of 92°F, while lows in January typically drop down to 39°F. The city sees an average of 59 inches of rain each year, and no snow.
The Best Events in Tallahassee
Tallahassee Pridefest is the city’s annual celebration of the wonderful and rich diversity of the LGBTQ community in the greater Tallahassee area. It is a celebration, but also an opportunity to become involved in the community and to take part in truly feeling connected and making a difference. In addition to the annual pride celebration, the group also sponsors other events and offers plenty of opportunities to be involved throughout the year.
The Railroad Square Art District has more than 70 shops, businesses, and galleries and also hosts several wonderful events throughout the year including a popular First Friday Festival on the first Friday of each month, providing an opportunity to enjoy live music, excellent art, and delicious food.
Where to Live in Tallahassee
When considering where to live in Tallahassee, you’ll have many wonderful options to choose from. Unlike some larger cities that tend to have one specific "gayborhood," in Tallahassee, the LGBTQ community is spread out across the city. This simply means that there are many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from! The northern section of the city is particularly popular with the LGBTQ community and one of the more popular neighborhoods in Lakeshore. The median list price of homes currently for sale in Lakeshore is $350,000.
Arts and Entertainment
The Capital City Amphitheater is a beautiful amphitheater in Cascades Park in Tallahassee. Throughout the year, it is the site of many excellent local, regional, and even national acts. Whether you enjoy music, theater, comedy, or all of the above you'll find it here.
Theatre Tallahassee proudly presents Broadway in your Backyard to Tallahassee residents – and the shows are sure to entertain and delight all audiences. Whatever your taste, if you love great theater and excellent performances, Theatre Tallahassee delivers.
Parks and Recreation
St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States. It was established in 1931 as a wintering ground for migratory birds, and today it spans over 68,000 acres. It is a truly beautiful space that highlights the unique natural splendor of the Tallahassee area.
The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is a 1,176-acre state park, botanical garden, and historical site located in Tallahassee. The gardens are truly stunning-featuring an amazing array of flowers, reflection pools, fountains, and walking paths. It is truly the perfect place to spend a beautiful Tallahassee afternoon.
926 Bar and Grill is one of Tallahassee’s long-standing and popular LGBTQ bars and a great place to enjoy good food, a friendly and upbeat vibe, live music, weekly drag shows, and friendly crowds.
The Bradfordville Blues Club is a historic backwood cinderblock blues house that is extremely popular with Tallahassee residents and visitors alike. Though not specifically an LGBTQ club, it is truly an icon of Tallahassee nightlife and a welcoming friendly place where all are sure to have a good time.
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